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Future Rebels highlight Las Vegas connections on Canada’s U19 national team


Courtesy of Findlay Prep

Findlay Prep forward Justin Jackson brings the ball up the court at Bishop Gorman High during the 2013-14 season. Jackson, a top-30 player in the class of 2016, committed to UNLV.

The Canada-to-Las Vegas basketball pipeline has been pumping talent to the desert for several years, so it’s no big surprise that Canada’s under-19 national team is headlined by three players with Las Vegas connections.

Canada announced its roster today, and guards Jalen Poyser and Dillon Brooks and forward Justin Jackson will lead their home country into the U19 FIBA World Championships starting at the end of the month in Greece. All three played at least a season at Findlay Prep, and Poyser is an incoming freshman at UNLV while Jackson is the Rebels’ lone class of 2016 commit. Brooks will be a sophomore at Oregon next season.

Findlay Prep and UNLV both have a recent history of success with players from Canada, including current NBA players Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson winning the Pilots’ first national titles and two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Khem Birch swatting his way into UNLV’s record books. Then there’s the trio that checks off both boxes, including Poyser, who played his sophomore season at Findlay, Jackson and Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

UNLV kept its Canadian connection going in the transfer market, too, as incoming junior college wing Tyrell Bellot-Green is from Mississauga, Ontario.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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