Nembhard Earns Spot on Canadian U23 National Team For GLOBL Jam

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TORONTO, Ont.  – Creighton men’s basketball guard Ryan Nembhard has earned a spot with Canada Basketball’s Men’s U23 National Team and will play in the inaugural GLOBL JAM international showcase. Nembhard was originally part of a pool of 22 candidates that were whittled down to 12 after 10 days of tryouts.

Set to take place in Toronto from July 5-10, GLOBL JAM will shine the international spotlight on the game’s rising stars and feature women’s and men’s teams from around the world competing in an Under-23 tournament live at Mattamy Athletic Centre. It will broadcast nationally throughout Canada on Sportsnet.

With a round-robin preliminary round format, Canada’s men’s team will take on Brazil (July 5, 8:00 PM CT), USA (July 6, 8:00 PM CT) and Italy (July 7, 8:00 PM CT).  All teams will advance to the semifinal round on Saturday, July 9, followed by the Championship games on Sunday, July 10.

One of the team’s most experienced international players is Nembhard, who helped Canada to a bronze medal last summer at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga, Latvia. In seven games last summer, Nembhard averaged 15.1 points, 6.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game and was the lone player in the 16-team tournament to post multiple point/assist double-doubles. He also shot 80 percent from the line (20-25) and 38.9 percent (14-36) from three-point range.  The medal was just Canada’s second ever at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, joining a 2017 Gold Medal on a team starring current New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett.

Nembhard averaged 11.3 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists per game during his rookie season at Creighton, where he was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and a six-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honoree. He started each of CU’s first  27 games before suffering a wrist injury on Feb. 23 that required season-ending surgery.

Nembhard is one of nine men on the team who plays at the collegiate level in the United States, joining Keeshawn Barthelemy (Oregon), Charles Bediako (Alabama), Marcus Carr (Texas), Quincy Guerrier (Oregon), Kur Jongkuch (Temple), Liam McChesney (Illinois State), Emmanuel Miller (TCU) and Stefan Smith (St. John’s). Others on the squad include Thomas Kennedy, Leonard Miller and Addison Patterson.

Bediako and Nembhard are the only two men on this year’s U23 team that were also on last summer’s U19 team that won bronze in Latvia. At 19 years old, Nembhard is also the second-youngest man on the team, as he is eighth months younger than Leonard Miller.

Nathaniel Mitchell will make his Canadian national team head coaching debut alongside assistant coaches Dave DeAveiro, Jamie McNeilly and Scott Morrison, as well as apprentice coach, Kalisha Keane.

Canada Basketball launched GLOBL JAM along with Sportsnet, Canada’s #1 sports media brand, as part of a multi-year innovative and unique partnership that will see the two organizations work together over the next several years to bring more basketball to Canadians, through both live events and original content.

Tipping off Friday, July 8 and running through to July 10, the GLOBL JAM FESTIVAL presented by Tangerine Bank at Yonge-Dundas Square will unite fans on and off the court and celebrate the intersection of sport, art, and culture with a 3×3 community court, a community vendor market, food trucks, music and more.

For additional information on GLOBL JAM, visit globljam.ca.

 



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