When fans of the home team roar in appreciation of a dunk, that's when you know it was impressive. Canada's development men's basketball team — DMNT in Canada Basketball argot — has been on impressive run thus far at the Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament in China, going 7-0 thus far with two games yet to play.
The highlight moment thus far? Against the hosts, shooting guard Daniel Mullings went coast-to-coast for a one-handed dunk that posterized an unfortunate Chinese defender. Even the pro-China crowd loved it.
Fortunately, teammate Laurent Rivard posted the video.
Mullings is entering his junior year at New Mexico State, which has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past two years thanks to a sizable contingent of Canadians. Not to sound like China's state-run news agency, but that dunk shows the improving athleticism of Canadian collegiate players on each side of the border. Acadia Axemen forward Owen Klassen apparently also brought Chinese fans out of their seats with a throwdown during the tournament.
The Four Nations event with Canada, China, Latvia and the United States is preparation for next month's 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. (The biannual event involving student-athletes is patterned after the Olympics; Canada won the silver medal in 2011 with an all-CIS roster. With a roster that includes NCAA and CIS standouts such as Mullings, Klassen, Rivard from Hivard, Arizona State 7-footer Jordan Bachynski, Baylor's Brady Heslip, Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos and brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb of Carleton University, they have the depth to keep up with the world-beaters in international basketball.
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