Earlier this month, Spurs World reported about the possibility of Cory Joseph joining Team Canada.
Now it is confirmed.
According to basketball.ca, the San Antonio Spurs draftee, will make his debut with the Canadian national team as he will suit up this summer to compete in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina.
“First off, it’s an honor to play for your country and I’m excited to get on the floor and represent Canada as best as I can,” said Joseph, who first represented Canada in 2007. “I know we have a young, great group, with Joel (Anthony), (Carl) English and (Andy) Rautins coming in. I think it’s going to be a fun experience and I am excited to play with guys I already know, like Denham (Brown). Hopefully we come back with the gold, but if not, qualify for the Olympics.”
Joseph will join Team Canada for Phase 2 of their summer long training camp, which starts Friday, August 12 at Ryerson University in Toronto.
This is not the first time for Joseph to play for his home country, he first suited up for Canada in 2007 as a 15-year-old, when he was the youngest member of the Junior men’s national team that competed at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Serbia. He played in all eight games in the tournament, helping Canada to a 10th place finish.
Two years later, Joseph played on the Junior’s team once again in the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand, helping lead Canada to a 7th place finish, which is Canada’s best finish since 1984.
Joseph will play his first game in a Canadian uniform since 2009 on August 13 at Ryerson University and August 14 at McMaster University, when Canada hosts Belgium in the Jack Donohue International Classic.
“It’s going to be fun,” says Joseph, who was raised in the Greater Toronto Area. “Everyone wants to play in front of your friends and family and it’s always fun to come back and play at home. I’ve played in the States for a long time, so it’s going to feel really good coming home and playing in front of friends and family.”
As a freshman at the University of Texas in the 2010-2011 season, Joseph enjoyed a great year playing for Head Coach Rick Barnes, starting all 36 games for the Longhorns.
He was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and was also an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Joseph will join national team veteran, Carl English, Alex Hartman and Miami Heat center Joel Anthony for Phase 2.
All four players will participate in the Jack Donohue International Classic. However Spurs forward Matt Bonner, who was hoping to gain Canadian citizenship, will not be a part of the team.
Having four more quality players, should provide a huge lift for Team Canada, who haven’t shown much promise at their friendly games.
This will give Spurs fans a glimpse of what Joseph can bring to the table. Playing for his national team will only make him better, and thus be more prepared to play at the next level.