June 5, 2013
ETOBICOKE, Ontario- Junior Dwight Powell is among 16 players named to the Canadian Development National Team training camp roster, with competition running through Friday, June 7, in Portland.
Selected team members will then travel to China from June 8-20 to compete in an exhibition series of nine international games and the squad will also compete at the 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition scheduled for July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
The World University Games, also known as the FISU Summer Universiade, features the top tier of student-athletes from across the globe competing in the largest international sporting event outside of the Olympic Games. There is a chance Powell could compete against teammates Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle, as both are vying to represent Team USA at the same event.
Portland Trail Blazer assistant coach Jay Triano is serving as the head coach, and the team is training at the state-of-the-art Bo Jackson Fitness Center located at Nike World Headquarters.
Powell is coming off a breakthrough season in which he showcased the type of dynamic all-around game everyone expected since arriving on The Farm. In addition to being honored as the Pac-12's Most Improved Player of the Year, Powell was also named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-District selection.
The only Pac-12 player ranked among the league's top-10 in both scoring and rebounding, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game. In addition to compiling a team-best 10 double-doubles, he produced nine 20-point games while reaching double figures in 27 games overall.
Just how much did Powell improve over the past season? During the 2011-12 campaign, Powell averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds while scoring in double figures six times. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Powell became one of three Stanford players over the last decade to register at least 10 double-doubles, joining Landry Fields (13 in 2009-10) and Matt Haryasz (10 in 2005-06). Scoring and rebounding aside, Powell also excelled from the foul line (79.6 percent) and three-point range (45.5 percent). He totaled 72 assists, 39 blocks and 26 steals.
Powell was equally impressive in the classroom, as he was the only player to earn a spot on both the Pac-12 All-Academic Team and All-Pac-12 First Team.
2013 Development Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
Mangisto Arop, G, 6-6, Edmonton, Alta. (Indiana State)
Jordan Bachynski, C, 7-2, Calgary, Alta. (Arizona State)
Murphy Burnatowski, F, 6-7, Waterloo, Ont. (Colgate)
Justin Edwards, G, 6-3, Whitby, Ont. (Maine)
Melvin Ejim, G, 6-6, Toronto, Ont. (Iowa State)
Olivier Hanlan, G, 6-3, Aylmer, Que. (Boston College)
Brady Heslip, G, 6-2, Burlington, Ont. (Baylor)
Owen Klassen, F, 6-10, Kingston, Ont. (Carleton)
Daniel Mullings, F, 6-2, Toronto, Ont. (New Mexico State)
Grant Mullins, G, 6-3, Burlington, Ont. (Columbia)
Kevin Pangos, G, 6-1, Holland Landing, Ont. (Gonzaga)
Dwight Powell, F, 6-10, Toronto, Ont.
Laurent Rivard, G, 6-5, Saint-Bruno, Que. (Harvard)
Philip Scrubb, G, 6-3, Richmond, B.C. (Carleton)
Thomas Scrubb, F, 6-5, Montreal, Que. (Carleton)
Kyle Wiltjer, F, 6-9, Portland, Ore. (Kentucky)