TORONTO - Incoming Spartan freshman Kalisha Keane has made the final roster for the Canadian U21 Women’s National Team that will be competing at the FIBA U21 World Championships for Women, Canada Basketball announced on Thursday. The tournament is being held June 28-July 8 in Moscow, Russia. The team will be completing its training at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, until they depart for the tournament. Canada, which is participating in the event for the first time, opens preliminary play against Russia on Friday, June 29. For updated results and statistics throughout the FIBA U21 World Championships, please visit www.russia2007.fiba.com.
Keane, one of Canada’s top collegiate prospects, is no stranger to international competition. The 6-1 forward, who is only 18, was a member of the Canadian National U20 Team last summer, leading the team with 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in five contests at the U20 FIBA Americas Qualifier. She also competed at the U18 FIBA Americas Qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo., finishing fifth in the tournament with 12.0 ppg to go along with 7.0 rpg. In 2004, Keane played in five games for the Junior Women’s National Team at the World Qualification Tournament.
A native of Ajax, Ontario, Keane transferred to Westdale Secondary in Hamilton, Ontario, as a senior to join the inaugural class of Canada Basketball’s National Elite Development Academy. The NEDA team participates in several national and international tournaments throughout the school year, including the Canada Basketball Invitational Tournament.
Prior to attending the NEDA, Keane played at Sinclair Secondary School, averaging 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 2005. She was named the MVP of the 2005 Five Star Camp, one of the top developmental camps in the country, and was the recipient of the 2005 Rising Star Award. Keane was also a member of Team Ontario, which captured the gold medal at the 2004 Juvenile (Under 17) and 2003 Midget (Under 15) Girls’ National Championships, and was selected to the first-team all-star squad at the event. She helped Sinclair Secondary to the city championship in 2003-04 and was named city tournament MVP.