Narain, Cyrus hoping to get attention


CanBasketball_CorpToronto – Two Golden Horseshoe athletes are among the 23 young men vying for a position on the 2013 Cadet Men’s National Team (CMNT).

Nolan Narain is a 6-9 centre from Hamilton and Brandon Cyrus is a 6-4 forward from Oakville.

Ajax, Ont. native Justin Jackson is the lone returning member from the team that finished in fifth place at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Canada Basketball’s assistant general manager and executive vice-president of the Senior Men’s Program, Rowan Barrett, appreciates the level of talent he has seen, but recognizes there is still work to be done. “This is a strong group of young men hoping to make this team. When determining the final roster, coachability, fit and the skill of the athletes are all important characteristics to be considered.”

When asked about this week’s open tryout, Barrett noted that, “we have seen such a tremendous amount of growth within the sport. More than 70 promising athletes attended the open session. The group who do not make the cut in the next few days still represent the strength of basketball in Canada right now.”

The CMNT will continue to train and practice out of Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall Gymnasium in preparation for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men. The five-day tournament is set to take place June 11-15 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Canada will compete in Group B against Chile, Puerto Rico and the host nation.