Canada goes to Brittain for basketball skills

Oakville’s Scott Brittain will lead his Canadian Junior National Basketball teammates into a series international exhibition games beginning on June 19.

17-year-old Brittain, who will play next season for the Boston University Terriers, is a 6-8 forward who was recruited by almost two dozen American and Canadian universities when his playing days at Iroquois Ridge High School were coming to a close this year. Brittain was one of 18 players invited to Canada Basketball’s tryout camp for the Junior Men’s (Under 18) National Team at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, June 12-17.

Brittain, who was captain of the gold medal winning Ontario team at last year’s Canada Summer Games in Regina, played in tournaments with the provincial team in Washington, Kentucky and Las Vegas during the summer of 2005. He was one of 20 players chosen to play in the all-star game at the 2004 and 2005 Nike All Canada Camps. As well, Brittain was captain of the Cadet Canadian National team that played against national teams from the U.S., China, Russia and New Zealand at the U.S. Basketball Youth Development Festival in San Diego California last June. He was also a member of the Toronto Mission Team that played at the Junior International Tournament in Lissone, Italy in March, 2005.

The invitations were extended after the players had been scouted extensively at major competitions. Of the 18 players invited , 10 were members of the Canadian team that gained valuable experience at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament which took place earlier this year in Mannheim, Germany, April 15 – 23. Additionally, seven invitees received exposure to international play last year while participating in the USA Basketball Youth Festival in San Diego.

Also at the camp is Jonathan House, a 6′-6 guard from Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Guelph.
After the tryouts, the team travels to Dallas, Texas for four exhibition games at the Global Games, June 19-24. From there the players will go the Under 18 FIBA America World Championship Qualification Tournament, June 28-July 2, in San Antonio, Texas.

At the Global Games, Canada will play against Serbia (June 19), USA (June 20), Ukraine (June 22) and Africa (June 23).

Canada has been placed in pool “B” for the qualification championship in San Antonio and will play preliminary round games against Puerto Rico (June 28th), Bahamas (June 29th) and Argentina (June 30th).