Four Nations await Heslip and Mullins


CanBasketball_CorpIn preparation for the FISU Summer Universiade, two Burlington players will join 12 others on the Development Men’s National Team as it travels to China for the 2013 Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament. The competition will see Canada face the United States, Latvia and host country China as the squad travels across the nation. The teams will play in Kaixian, Huaihua and Wuqi over the course of two weeks.

Making the tour are guards Brady Heslip, 6-2, and Grant Mullins, 6-3.

The rigorous schedule will feature the teams playing three games in three days in each city with a single travel day in-between. The assistant general manager and executive vice-president of Canada Basketball’s Senior Men’s Program, Rowan Barrett, sees the compact timeline as a “unique learning and training opportunity where the team will gain invaluable experience against some of the elite teams in the world.”

The student-athlete teams from Canada and the United States will meet again on the court at July’s World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Other team members include: Kevin Pangos, guard, 6-1, Holland Landing, Ont.; Kyle Wiltjer, forward, 6-9, Portland, Ore.; Melvin Ejim, guard, 6-6, Toronto, Ont.; Thomas Scrubb, forward, 6-5, Montreal, Que.; Mangisto Arop, guard, 6-6, Edmonton; Laurent Rivard, guard, 6-5, Saint-Bruno, Que.; Philip Scrubb, guard, 6-3, Richmond, B.C.; Dwight Powell, forward, 6-9, Toronto; Jordan Bachynski, centre, 7-2, Calgary; Murphy Burnatowski, forward, 6-7, Waterloo; Owen Klassen, forward, 6-10, Kingston, Ont.; Daniel Mullings, forward, 6-2, Toronto.

Canada opens against the U.S. on Saturday (June 8) followed by China the next day. On Monday it’s Latvia, China on Wednesday, the U.S. on Thursday, Latvia on Friday, the U.S. on Sunday (June 16), China on Monday and Latvia on Tuesday.