Just uploaded to winnipegsun.com: Had 10 or 15 minutes with Lakehead University head men’s basketball coach Scott Morrison, who is currently in Brazil as an assistant coach with the Canadian junior men’s team that is competing in the FIBA Americas, which serves as a qualifier for next year’s world championship.
You can find the audio of that interview here.
Morrison talks at length about the young talent on not only the junior team on which he is an assistant to head coach Roy Rana, but also the younger Cadet national team, with both squads serving as feeders down the road for Canada’s senior nats. There is a cautious optimism among basketball fans in Canada right now because of the talent level that exists among Canadian teenagers and college-level players. With two players — Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson — drafted into the NBA last year, another possibility that a couple more Canadians (Andrew Nicholson and Kris Joseph are strong candidates) will go in this month’s NBA Draft and a slew of Canadians playing in the NCAA Division I ranks next season (and in coming seasons), the intrigue is warranted.
Morrison also touches on the topic of his own team in Thunder Bay, Ont., where he has established a strong Manitoba connection. In 2012-13, Lakehead will have four Winnipeggers on the roster with Kelvin’s Mike Thorne-Finch, Grant Park’s J.R. Alexander and St. Paul’s Joe Nitychoruk joined by 2012 transfer Dave Kohler (Oak Park), who was announced earlier this week after two years at Medicine Hat College.