Albertans join Canada's U17 Men's National Team

Jun. 28, 2024

Patrick Anamali of Calgary and Edmonton native TJ Wal are among 12 players Canada Basketball has selected to its U17 Men’s National Team, which will compete at the FIBA U17 Men’s Basketball World Cup 2024 from June 29 to July 7 in Istanbul, Turkey.

University of Calgary men’s basketball head coach Dan Vanhooren is serving as an assistant coach for the team.

Anamali, a six-foot-six power forward, won silver with the ABA (Alberta Basketball Association) 17U Boys provincial team at the 2023 Canada Basketball National Championships and captured bronze at Nationals in 2022 as part of ABA’s 15U Boys team. The six-foot-five Wal will make his Team Alberta debut this summer, when he suits up for the 17U Boys National Championship in Toronto from Aug. 5 to 11.

"Congratulations to TJ and Patrick on being selected to represent their country on the international stage," said Dave Drabiuk, ABA Executive Director. "This will be a tremendous experience for both, and we look forward to cheering them on as they go for gold in Turkey."

The U17 Men’s World Cup comprises 16 teams divided into four groups. Canada will compete in Group D, facing Germany (June 29, 6:00 a.m. MT), Egypt (June 30, 3:30 a.m. MT), and Australia (July 2, 8:30 a.m. MT). Teams will then compete in the Final Phase, featuring a single-knockout format from the Round of 16 onwards. All the action will stream live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

Canada finished ninth at the most recent FIBA U17 Men’s World Cup, in 2022.