A nationwide watch list will be created by all 10 selection committee members. A ballot will be created of the Top 50 players in Canada. Selection will be reduced through meetings to the Top 36. Final ballot will be filled out voting in the 24 players for the game. Ballot will include mandatory position integrity.
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Greg Francis, from Toronto, Ontario, is the Manager of Men’s High Performance at Canada Basketball.
After four years in his current role of Senior Men’s National Team Assistant Coach, Greg Francis was hired as the Men’s High Performance in April 2015. During his playing and coaching tenure with Team Canada, Francis played in the 2000 Olympics while becoming the Head Coach of the National Elite Development Academy from 2007 to 2009 and Junior Men’s National Team from 2005-2011.
As the Men’s High Performance Manager, Francis will provide technical leadership to the Men’s High Performance Department’s Performance Pathway (Gold Medal Profile project), National Team (NT) and Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) programs. He will be providing leadership and mentorship primarily to the Development and Age-Group Men’s National Team Coaches, Target Athlete Strategy coaches and personal coaches of identified Target Athlete Strategy athletes.
Dan Becker played high school ball for Fort Richmond Collegiate and then went on to play NCAA Division 1 basketball at the University of Colorado. After graduation, Dan played for 12 years all over the globe. Currently, Dan is the Head Coach of the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program. He is also the 17U male Provincial Team head coach, High Performance Coach for Basketball Manitoba, and a Learning Facilitator in the new NCCP coaching education program.
Joey McKitterick is a lifelong Montrealer and is the current Dean of Students at Centennial Academy .He is the Founder of BrookwoodElite and the President of the Montreal Basketball League that was founded in 1904, comprised of 100 teams from the Greater Montreal area. Joey’s involvement in basketball has been extensive as he has been featured on CTV Montreal Power of One and CBC talk radio show Homerun. Joey devotes his time for the betterment of youth basketball in his province by providing mentorship and guidance to many aspiring youth within the basketball community.
Nathan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009, where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team, who were consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. He then went on to become Assistant Coach for the St. FX Women’s Basketball team. Next, he spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Lakehead University, during which time the Thunderwolves compiled an impressive record of 66 wins and just 9 losses. Nathan gained valuable experience last season at the professional level as Assistant Coach of the Orangeville A’s (NBLC).
Ryan is the Operations Manager at Basketball Nova Scotia. He has coached with the Dalhousie Tigers, Loyalist Lancers, and Basketball Nova Scotia’s 17U and 15U Provincial Programs. Additionally, he was an analyst for the Halifax Rainmen of NBL Canada. Ryan has a lot experience teaching fundamental skills and game concepts. Ryan is also a certified FUNdamentals Learning Facilitator and Steve Nash Youth Basketball Ambassador.
Carmelo Mallia has been with Ontario Basketball in several roles over the past six years. Currently, he is the Manager of High Performance (Boys & Girls) overseeing the following programs such as; Team Ontario, Centre for Performance (CP), Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP), and Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS). Carmelo is also the league Commissioner for the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA).
Dave Smart has earned the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as CIS Coach of the Year a record six times, including nine OUA East Coach of the Year nods. Coach Smart has led his team to a record breaking nine OUA Championships and eleven CIS Final 8 National Championship titles in the past thirteen years. He is currently an assistant coach on the Canadian Men’s Basketball National team.
From Toronto, ON, Shane James is the co-director of Under Armour Canada Elite and the founder of Canadian Youth Basketball League. He is an educator at Thornlea S.S. and played college basketball at Loyola University Maryland, where he graduated in 2007.
Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Michael Meeks has invested his life in the game of basketball. He recently returned from coaching in Germany following a 15-year professional career and is now the Manager of Youth Development for Canada Basketball.
A national team vet, the 6’9 power forward/centre represented Canada in the 2000 Summer Olympics and competed in the 1998 and 2002 World Championships.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Canisius College Hall of Fame, a decade after leading his team to the NCAA Tournament and finishing his fourth-year as the schools 2nd all-time scorer and rebounder.