Heslip headed for Russian courts

CanBasketball_CorpBurlington’s Brady Heslip has been named to the 12-member student-athlete team which will represent Canada as the Development Men’s National Basketball Team at the 2013 FISU Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

The 6-2 guard, who attended Nelson High School, also plays in the NCAA’s Division I with the Baylor Bears.

Team Canada recently took part in the Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament – an 11-day affair through central China. In addition to the host nation, Canada played collegiate squads from the United States and Latvia, finishing with a perfect 9-0 record.

Rowan Barrett, assistant general manager and executive vice-president of the Senior Men’s Program, said, “Our student team has done well in their preparations thus far under the leadership of Jay Triano and his staff. We look forward to our team being very competitive and representing Canada with great pride on the international stage.”

Also known as the World University Games, the competition will kick-off for Team Canada on July 7 with a match-up against Sweden. The Summer Universiade – the largest sporting event outside of the Olympic Games – will see the best student-athlete teams across the world compete in a variety of sports. The men’s quarter-finals begin on Sunday, July 14 with the semifinal match-ups slated for the following day, before the finale tips-off on Tuesday evening.