TORONTO (April 3, 2017) – The BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME tips off Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET exclusively on TSN, and BioSteel, Pretty River Sports + Entertainment, and TSN announced today the coaches who will lead Canada’s top emerging basketball players in the third annual edition of this high school all-star game, as well as two replacement players named to the game’s roster.
Top Canadian basketball coaches John Campbell and Chris Cheng lead Team White and Team Red, respectively, in this much-anticipated showcase game, live from the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
Additionally, Emanuel Miller (Bill Crothers) and Jaden Bediako (Ridley College) have been selected to the BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME to replace two players who are unable to participate due to injury: Anthony Longpre and Andrew Nembhard. In the event a replacement player is needed, the roster spot in question is awarded to the player with the next highest number of votes, as determined by the selection committee.
Head Coach: Chris Cheng
Cheng was named head coach of Men’s Basketball at Nipissing University in 2013 at the age of 28, at which time he was the youngest head coach in Canada’s U Sports (then Canadian Interuniversity Sport). He previously served as men’s varsity assistant coach with the York University Lions from 2008 to 2012, guiding the team to a playoff appearance in all five seasons. As the head coach of Ontario Basketball’s 17U Boys Team, Cheng’s teams captured back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012, and he was named the 2011 Ontario Basketball Men’s Elite Coach of the Year. In addition to his coaching duties at Nipissing, Cheng maintains his involvement with Canada Basketball Development Programs and National Teams.
Assistant Coach: Charles Hantoumakos
Hantoumakos is the head of the prep basketball program at Bill Crothers Secondary School, which plays in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association. Hantoumakos is a pioneer for the prep basketball movement in Canada. He built one of the country’s first prep basketball programs and has helped countless student athletes earn scholarships.
Team Liaison: Nathan Johnson
Team Manager: Younis Hussein
High Performance: Cedric Carter
Athletic Therapist: Eric Matias
Strength and Conditioning: Tyler Robbins
Head Coach: John Campbell
Campbell became the head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball program in 2013 after 11 years as the Dalhousie Tigers’ bench boss. During that time, he guided the Tigers to two AUS championship titles (2008-09, 2010-11) and earned Atlantic University Sport (AUS) coach of the year honours in 2010-11. Prior to Dalhousie, Campbell served as head coach of the Laurentian Lady Vees women’s basketball team, where he captured two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) titles, a U Sports bronze medal, and was named the OUA East coach of the year three times (1999, 2001, 2002).
Assistant Coach: Tyrell Vernon
Vernon is the head coach of TRC Academy (Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association) at The RISE Centre, and a former point guard for St. Francis Xavier University and McMaster University, where he was named to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Rookie Team.
Team Liaison: Chris Cobbina
Team Manager: Kenan Jorsling
High Performance: Dillan Grant
Athletic Therapist: Mary Lalancette
Strength and Conditioning: Andrew Barr
Sports Doctor: Dr. Mark Leung, Dr. Fahim Merali
Chiropractor: Trevor Vander Doelen
2017 BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME on TSN
TSN’s broadcast team for the BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME features award-winning play-by-play commentator Rod Black alongside NBA ON TSN analyst Leo Rautins, a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. TSN’s Kate Beirness hosts the network’s coverage of the game, live from the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
As announced earlier this month, TSN’s exclusive broadcast of the BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME features 24 of the top high school basketball players from across the country, including Virginia Tech commit Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Syracuse commit O’Shae Brissett, and Oregon commit Abu Kigab, and many more.
A selection of players featured on the roster will also compete in the Nike Skills Challenge at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ont., on Sunday, April 9. The event includes the Sport Chek 3-Point Shootout and BMO Slam Dunk Competition, as well as the Nike BioSteel Futures All Canadian Game, featuring top Canadian Grade 9 and 10 basketball players.
For tickets to the BIOSTEEL ALL CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME and Nike Skills Challenge, fans can visit the game’s official website at BioSteelAllCanadian.com.