Men’s Basketball (Announcement)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOERKSEN OFF TO BELGRADE WITH TEAM CANADA
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University third year forward, and reigning CIS Player of the Year, Jacob Doerksen (Abbotsford, B.C.) has been named to Canada’s 2009 FISU men’s basketball team (Development Men’s National Team – DMNT). Doerksen and the rest of the team will begin competition in the 2009 Summer Universiade on July 1-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Hosted by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), this year marks the 25th edition of the Summer Universiade, the second largest multi-sport games in the world after the Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to be fielding two talented Canadian teams at the Summer Universiade, said Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Not only is this great for our players’ development, but it’s exciting for our country. Team Canada a long tradition with this event, and we are looking forward to continuing success on the courts in 2009. We encourage basketball fans across the country to get behind these players and support our teams throughout the next few weeks.”
Canada’s men’s and women’s development teams are comprised of young athletes currently attending university, either in the CIS or NCAA.
“I am very pleased with our team this year, said DMNT Head Coach, Chris O’Rourke (U of Guelph, Newcastle, Ont.). “We have quite a deep roster from one through twelve, with a lot of interchangeable parts that will hopefully pay off for us over the course of the tournament.”
The DMNT has been training in Hamilton since mid-June and will travel to Belgrade in advance of the tournament to play a series of exhibition games against USA, Russia and Serbia.
O’Rourke is looking forward to seeing his team perform in international game situations. “These are three high calibre countries that we are playing, and a great indicator of where we stand and where we need to get to for the actual tournament. I am very confident that Canada will do well in the preliminaries and our goal is to medal like we did two years ago.”
In 2007 at the FISU Games in Tailand, Team Canada earned a bronze medal with a win over Japan.
Team Canada’s roster includes: forwards Boris Bakovic (Ryerson, Toronto), Ross Bekkering (Calgary, Taber, Alta.), Jacob Doerksen (Trinity Western, Abbotsford, B.C.), Keenan Jeppesen (Western, Hamilton) and Greg Surmacz (Windsor, Peterborough, Ont.), centre’s David Collins (Bradlee, Toronto) and Dax Dessureault (Ottawa) and guards Chris Dyck (UBC, Winnipeg), Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Ottawa, Toronto), Phillip Njrumah (Cape Breton, Malton, Ont.), Christian Upshaw (St. Francis Xavier, Halifax) and Josh White (UBC, Calgary).
Doerksen is the first TWU men’s basketball player to represent Canada at the FISU games.
Last Updated: 2009-06-25