What an amazing performance by our U19 National Basketball team winning the World Cup title this weekend. They upset the Americans in the semi-final and routed Italy by 19 in the final.[url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/canada-italy-fiba-world-cup-final-1.4196895]http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summe ... -1.4196895[/url]
Canada is producing more and more good basketball players. More high schools have great basketball programs and players - with many NCAA schools now actively scouting Canadian high schools games especially in the Toronto area. The coaching these kids are receiving is also better than ever.
It seems now that the Raptors have been around for about 22 years that their positive impacts on Canadian basketball are now bearing fruit. Their many coaching clinics and other programs aimed at helping develop young players in Canada. Plus the fact that watching players like Vince Carter inspired a bunch of kids in this country to get good at the game and it is really paying dividends these days.
Hopefully our MLS teams - with assistance from the new Canadian Soccer league and their academies have similar successes in developing better soccer players in the next decade or so.