The University of Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel and Caleb Agada are among the 12 athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 8-day Summer Universiade tournament in Gwangju, South Korea.
Canada Basketball and Canadian Interuniversity Sport released the roster on Thursday, revealing a roster completely composed of CIS talent. This marks only the second time in history that the red and white roster is comprised entirely of CIS players; the all-CIS squad returned from Shenzhen, China with a silver medal in 2011.
“It’s exciting to be one of the people chosen to represent Canada from the CIS,” said Agada, who will enter his fourth season with the Gee-Gees in the fall. “I know it’s a rare opportunity and I’m proud to be a part of the team. Being selected also shows how far I have come in my career.”
The team will hold their training camp at the University of Kansas from June 19-29 before departing for South Korea. While in Kansas, Team Canada will scrimmage against the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team. In Korea, Canada will face Sweden, Mexico, Montenegro, Mongolia, and Russia in the preliminary round of the 24-team tournament.
“I’m looking forward to experiencing international basketball – seeing players and teams from all the other countries and they each have their own style. The chance to do this trip with Johnny makes it really special as well,” adds Agada.
It is the first international experience for both players. Berhanemeskel completed his five year CIS career in March by being named the national Player of the Year for CIS.
“It feels good being recognized to play in a big event like this,” says Berhanemeskel. “I've never been part of Canada Basketball in regards to the national team program so I'm excited to learn and see what it’s all about.”
In recent years, the Gee-Gees been represented by Josh Gibson-Bascombe (2007 and 2009), and Warren Ward (2011) at the Universiade.
For full roster information, consult the CIS home page for the 2015 Summer Universiade.
About the Summer Universiade
The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.