June 23, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Shane James is one of 22 athletes to receive an invitation to play for the Canadian Junior National Team this summer. James, a sophomore point guard for the Greyhounds, was the team's second-leading scorer as a freshman while leading the 'Hounds in assists and three-point field goal percentage.
The team was announced by Canada Basketball, in conjunction with Events Halifax, where the Under-21 Tournament of the Americas will take place this summer. The Halifax Metro Centre, official site of the tournament, will play host July 28th to August 1st.
James averaged 8.4 points per game while dishing out 81 assists. The 6-1 point guard also had 16 steals and four blocks while connecting on 41 percent of his three-point attempts. James scored a career-high 17 points in back-to-back games against Niagara and Canisius last January and scored at least 15 points in eight of Loyola's 28 games.
Joining James on the squad are Junior Men's National Team point guard, Global Games, afirst-team All-Star, and three-time OFSAA Champion, Tristan Blackwood, a 2002 and 2003 Junior Men's National Team member, University of Santa Clara forward, Sean Denison and University of Kentucky sophomore forward Sheray Thomas. In 2003, James served as team captain of the Junior Men's National Team.
Canada Basketball also revealed that Todd MacCulloch has been named the tournament's honorary chair. A former Senior Men's National Team member and current Philadelphia 76ers center, MacCulloch previously played at the Under-21 Tournament of the Americas as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team in 1996.
In addition to the 2004 Under-21 Tournament of the Americas and the Summer Series Maritime Exhibition Tour, the squad will also compete in the Global Games for a second consecutive summer. Held in Dallas, Texas at Southern Methodist University fromJune 25th to July 3rd, the Global Games is a 10-day tournament that willfeature the best in international basketball. Last year, Canada placed fourth at the event.
2004 YOUNG MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP INVITEESPierre-MarieG6-2180Gonzaga UniversityCasey ArchibaldG6-4 190 University of BritishHenry BekkeringF 6-5224Eastern Washington UniversityTristan BlackwoodG 5-10170 Central Connecticut StateKingsley CostainG 5-7160 PepperdineSean DenisonC 6-10245 Santa Clara UniversityOlu Famutini F 6-6207 University of ArkansasKevin Francis F 6-8200North Dakota StateGarry Gallimore G 6-3 205 St. Francis Xavier UniversityDejan Grkovic F 6-8 230 UNC-WilmingtonCorey HallettF6-10230 Monmouth University Shane JamesG6-1180 Loyola College in MarylandMaurice Joseph G 6-3 175 Champlain St.Levon Kendall F 6-9 220 University of PittsburghMajak Kou F 6-4 165 Loyola University-ChicagoSilver Laku G 6-2175 Western MichiganNeil MacDonald C 6-10240 St. Francis Xavier UniversityErfan Nasajpour G 5-8 150 University of WinnipegJermino Sobers F 6-7245 Central Connecticut StateAndrew Spagrud F 6-7 210 University of SaskatchewanPatrick Tatham F 6-8 220 Cleveland State UniversitySheray Thomas F 6-8218 University of Kentucky