Washington incoming freshman Tristan Etienne is one of 12 players selected to play for the Canadian junior men’s national team.
Last week, the 6-9 center from Abbotsford, British Columbian, was among 21 players who competed in a training camp for the national team.
The Canadian team will compete in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 20-24. The eight-country tournament also features the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.
It looks as if Etienne will start for Canada, which begins group play Friday against Brazil.
The top four teams qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 world championships in Greece.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Marquese Chriss, a 2015 recruit who verbally committed to Washington, participated in the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp last week. However, he did not make the 15-man roster.
— Shaquielle McKissic, who played at Kentridge High, will return next season at Arizona State.
— Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek wasn’t very fond of junior-college transfers during his time at North Carolina State. However, he’s has a different opinion now
— USA basketball is relocating to Tempe, Ariz., which should help Arizona State in recruiting. Sendek said: “I don’t know precisely what that residual effect is going to be. Anytime you have that kind of traffic coming in you know coaches and players it can only help our basketball climate and environment here so I think it’s a tremendous positive for us.”
— California released its 2014-15 non-conference schedule. The Golden Bears open the season with a pair 2K Sports Classic tuneups before traveling to Brooklyn for the semifinals. They also host Montana on Dec. 3, which will be a homecoming for new Grizzlies coach Travis DeCuire, the former Cal assistant.
— In a bit of a postmortem, Cal players said they were surprised when former coach Mike Montgomery retired.
— The WAC tournament will stay in Las Vegas at least until 2015. The tourney, which is held at the Orleans Arena, runs March 11-14. Las Vegas is host to the Pac-12, Mountain West and WAC tournaments.
— Not necessarily Pac-12-related, but Gonzaga’s Mark Few is No. 17 on ESPN.com’s list of the top 50 coaches in men’s basketball.
— With the NBA two weeks away, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie gets the sense most NBA teams aren’t concerned about the season-ending knee injury he suffered in January.