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Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela is intent on giving Canadians an opportunity

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Anyone who's been following the Toronto Raptors knows the impact the Raptors 905 G-league team has made on the club's success over the past couple of seasons.

The 905 has also made an impact in the Canadian basketball community creating jobs for Canadians that wouldn't have otherwise been available to them.

Jama Mahlalela the new Raptors 905 head coach is one of those Canadians who is benefiting from the G-League franchise. Mahlalela takes the helm of the 905 after spending 5 seasons with the Raptors as an assistant.

Now with the ability to help other Canadians find an opportunity at the pro level, Mahlalela has made it a point to do so.

"When I first got the job one of my first mandates that i put on myself was to really increase Canadian coaching content and provide some opportunities for Canadian coaches," Mahlalela told The Jeff Blair show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

"I was able to do that as my staff has four or five Canadians now and that's an exciting piece for me who is also a Canadian coach to have that happen."

The 905 have added Canadians Charles Kissi, Charles Dube-Brais, Trevor Pridie, and Pakistan born Arsalan Jamil.

They've also added Canadians Tamara Tatham and Justin Alliman as mentor coaches this season as Mahlalela and the organization continues their drive to build Canadian talent.

On Saturday, September 15th, the team will hold it's open tryouts at the University of Toronto - Mississauga. While the opportunity is open to all, Mahlalela would like to help Canadian players get an opportunity to continue their dreams of one day making the NBA.

"This tryout is the next phase for me of that," Mahlalela continued. "I want Canadian basketball players on my team.

"I think that there is a wealth of skill and talent here is this country, and this open tryout provides a forum for all the people that have dreamed big, all the people that have said 'hey i want to be a professional basketball player' to come out and to try their hand at it."

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