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First-year students won’t be the only new faces around the University of Victoria campus this coming September.

Canada’s only NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, announced they will be holding their training camp for the 2022-23 season at the University of Victoria.

This is the second time the Raptors have held camp in Victoria, with the previous time being in 2017.

Training camp runs September 26th to October 1st, and similar to their last trip, all workouts will be closed to the public.

Once training camp is complete, the team will play five pre-season games, two of which are taking place in Canadian cities, in Edmonton and Montreal, as part of the NBA Canada Series.

The Raptors will face the Utah Jazz at Rogers Place in Edmonton on October 2nd, and the Boston Celtics at Bell Centre in Montreal on October 14th.

During the last Raptors visit to Victoria, the team hosted an intrasquad game that was open to the public for fans to watch. It’s unclear if that will take place this year but Victoria Buzz will update with more information if that comes to fruition.

If you’re in need of a fix, basketball is returning to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, for the second round of the senior men’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers.

Led by Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, Team Canada will tip off against Argentina in the first game of the second round on August 25th.

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