Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
3D Global Sports Canada has announced the ‘boys in red’ who will be representing Canada at the 39th annual William Jones Cup in July.
Carleton Ravens men’s basketball player Connor Wood (Guelph, ON), who was named the U SPORTS Player of the Year in 2016-17, has been selected to the roster that will represent Canada at the international tournament to be held in Tapei, Taiwan from July 14-23, 2017.
“It’s an honour to join [Team Canada] headed up by Teddy [Tochev] and Kyle [Julius] and it will be great to play with the other members of this team,” said Wood, a three-time OUA All-Star. “It will be great to travel and see more of what international basketball will be like.”
In his final university campaign, the 6-foot-4 senior posted phenomenal scoring numbers, averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game, while shooting 50.8 per cent from the floor. As one of the country’s most prolific sharpshooters, Wood ranked second in U SPORTS men’s basketball with 76 three-pointers made, while his 50.3 percent conversion rate from the beyond the arc was the third highest total across the country.
The Canada 3D Global Sports team consists of players from U SPORTS, NCAA and NBL.
Wood will join a handful of other current and former U SPORTS stars in Tapei, including UBC’s Conor Morgan, Alberta’s Joel Friesen, and Saint Mary’s Joey Haywood. The team will be coached by Kyle Julius from the National Basketball League of Canada’s London Lightning.
Canada, which has medalled five times in the tournament’s 38-year history, will play teams from Asia and the Middle East.
The William Jones Cup is a historic and prestigious annual EuroBasket and FIBA Asia CUP sanctioned international tournament. The tournament, which began in 1977, will be televised on every major TV platform in Asia, Oceania and the Middle-East.
3D Global Sports Canada 150 Roster:
NAME | HEIGHT | POSITION | PREVIOUS TEAM | COLLEGE
Tramique Sutherland | 6’0 | PG | Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL-Canada) | Bradley University
Joey Haywood | 6’2 | PG | Halifax Hurricanes (NBL-Canada) | Saint Mary’s University
Diego Kapelan | 6’3 | G | Ourense Termal (Spain – LEB Gold) | McNeese State
Joel Friesen | 6’5 | G | London Lightning (NBL-Canada) | Alberta University
Garrett Williamson | 6’5 | SF | London Lightning (NBL-Canada) | Saint Joseph’s
Dwayne Smith | 6’7 | SF | Deportiva Atenas (Argentina Liga A) | George Washington
Connor Wood | 6’7 | G/F | Carleton University | Carleton University
Conor Morgan | 6’9 | F | University of British Colombia | University of British Colombia
Royce White | 6’8 | F/C | London Lighting (NBL-Canada) | Iowa State University
Michale Kyser | 6’10 | F/C | Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League) | Louisiana Tech University
Dallin Bachynski | 7’0 | C | Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland TBL) | Utah University
President, Director: Teddy Tochev (3D Canada Global Sports)
Head Coach: Kyle Julius (London Lightning)
Athletic Trainer: Jamal Lynch (3D Canada Global Sports)
Video Director: Devin Robbins (3D Canada Global Sports)
Advanced Statistician: Henry Yeh