Five years ago nobody took Canada seriously when you talked about basketball. Even after Steve Nash won two NBA MVPs, most people in the sport did not predict what was about to happen. In the 2011 NBA draft two 19 year olds from Canada were selected in the first round, with one of them being picked 4th overall. Tristan Thompson and Corey Joseph are products of the circuit They played on the elite travel team, Grassroots Canada/Team Takeover, attending powerhouse, Findlay Prep and then playing at the University of Texas for one year before opting to enter then NBA draft. These two guy are perfect examples of why many in the International Basketball think that Canada has figured things out as it relates to developing players.
IPRB spoke to an NBA Scout whose job it is to identify foreign players and he said," Canada has figured it out, they have developed and are in the process of developing 20-30 guys who have a real chance at playing in the NBA. One of the main reason that we are seeing the such an increase in talent out of Canada is what CIA Bounce and Ro Russel's program has done in terms of teaching players about the culture of the game. The experience these Canadian players had playing on travel teams and being a part of the circuit was so important. Then on top of that the Federation has really done a great job of cooperating with the travel teams to ensure that players are given a chance to experience both situations. Playing for your country always comes first!"
See the Zagsblog article on Canadian Powerhouse, CIA Bounce!