Kyle Landry named to team Canada

2009-08-26T22:00:00Z Kyle Landry named to team Canada Arizona Daily Sun
August 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Former NAU basketball standout Kyle Landry is taking his game to an international stage.

Landry was one of 12 players selected by Canada Basketball on Tuesday to the final roster for the 2009 'Road Warriors' Senior Men's National Team, competing in the FIBA Americas Championship, which began on Aug. 26.

The 12-man team is highlighted by NBA center Joel Anthony (Miami Heat) and Euroleague guard Carl English (Caja Laboral). Landry and the Canadian team will tip off play in the tournament today in Puerto Rico against Mexico at 1 p.m., Arizona time.

"This is a great honor for me and I am incredibly excited to get a chance to play for my country," Landry said. "Also I just want to help our team qualify for the world championships in Turkey next year."

The FIBA Americas Championship, featuring 10 men's national teams, is one of five FIBA qualifying zone tournaments to determine the four men's teams from the Americas zone that will earn a qualification spot for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

Landry has played seven games for the Senior Men's National team this summer in an Italian Exhibition series and one game at the Marchand Continental Cup.

"Kyle Landry is a new face on the team," Canadian coach Leo Rautins said. "Kyle is a big man that gives us a physical presence, a very smart player, as well as he can step outside and shoot the basketball."

Landry spent last season in Poland playing for ISS Sportino Inowroclaw. He was on the All-Poland first team and played in the league's all-star game. He averaged 12.2 points per game and 10.3 rebounds a contest.

After completing the season in Poland, Landry signed with a team in Belgium for two months to finish their season and helped the team reach the finals. Landry recently signed a contract for a team called Prostejov in the Czech Republic for the 2009-10 season.

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