Syracuse Basketball: Former Orange stars set for Canadian national team

Former Syracuse basketball players Oshae Brissett and Andy Rautins have received invitations to attend the Canadian national team’s training camp.

Canada Basketball has announced that 29 athletes, including former Syracuse basketball stars Oshae Brissett and Andy Rautins, are getting invited to attend the senior men’s national team training camp as the squad prepares to suit up in the FIBA World Cup 2019. The training camp will transpire from Aug. 4-6 in Toronto, according to the press release.

Following the camp, obviously the roster will get completed, and then Canada will begin its exhibition schedule, starting with a two-game series versus Nigeria.

The FIBA World Cup 2019, held in China, will take place in September. The head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team is Nick Nurse, who recently guided the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship.

The press statement notes that “Canada is heading back to the World Cup for the first time since the 2010 FIBA World Championship after finishing the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Qualifiers with a 10-2 record to lead Group F.”

Rautins, a 6-foot-4 guard, most recently played for Bahcesehir Koleji in Istanbul, Turkey. Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com wrote in this article that Rautins, a stanza ago, “averaged 14.3 points per game and shot an astonishing 44.5 percent from the 3-point line.”

During his time on the Hill, Rautins had a critical role on the Orange’s fabulous 2009-10 group, which spent several weeks at No. 1 in the regular season, earned a No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the Sweet 16, where it lost a heart-breaker to Butler.

Brissett, a 6-foot-8 forward who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, somewhat surprisingly left the ‘Cuse after his sophomore term this past spring, when he declared for the NBA Draft.

He did not get selected in the June draft, but Brissett did get to compete in the NBA’s Summer League as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. While in Central New York, Brissett helped SU to a terrific Sweet 16 run in the 2018 Big Dance.

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This is a wonderful honor for Brissett and Rautins, and it would absolutely delight me if one or both of them ultimately made the Canadian senior men’s national team!

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