Upshaw joins national cadet cage team

Burlington native Tarry Upshaw has been selected as an apprentice coach with Canada’s Cadet national basketball team.

Upshaw will serve alongside head coach David DeAveiro of Montreal. Mike Katz (Toronto) and Renato Pasquali (Treviso, Italy) will both work as mentor coaches to the coaching staff.

Upshaw, a former assistant coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, a head coach in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association and FIBA professional ranks, is the head coach of REDA where he captured the 2011 and 2012 NPSAA championships.

The 2012 edition of the Cadet team will participate in the FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania June 29-July 8th. The team qualified for the event by finishing third at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

The coaching staff was selected by a 10 person committee made up of the senior leadership of the men’s national team program, including Managing Director, Maurizio Gherardini, Council of Excellence members, Steve Konchalski, Jay Triano and Director of Youth Player Development, Rowan Barrett.

The teams begin their respective 2012 schedules with open tryouts being held Thursday, May 17th at Ryerson University (Toronto) and invitational tryouts on the May 18 weekend.