Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Carleton Athletics; Ravens graduates Kaza Kajami-Keane (left) and Connor Wood will play for Canada this summer.
TORONTO, ON — Although their Carleton playing careers are now over, Ravens guards Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) and Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) will have one more opportunity to compete as university students as representatives of the all-U SPORTS Canadian men’s basketball team set to compete at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade.
U SPORTS announced Thursday the 12-man roster set to take on the world at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei from August 19-30, with Kajami-Keane and Wood expected to take on major leadership roles in the Canadian team setup.
Kaza Kajami-Keane, a two-time U SPORTS All-Canadian, highlights the Canadian roster as the most recent recipient of the Jack Donohue Trophy for his standout performance as MVP of the 2017 Men’s Final 8. The 6-foot-1 point guard finished the 2016-17 season ranked second in team scoring at 15.5 points per game. He shot single-season highs from the field (51.8 FG%) and from distance (36.8 3PT FG%), while averaging an OUA-high 5.2 assists per game. Kajami-Keane has represented Canada in the past, competing for the junior national team at the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2013.
Connor Wood, the 2016-17 U SPORTS Player of the Year and 2017 Men’s Final 8 All-Tournament team member, was recently named to the Canadian side that will compete at the William Jones Cup, also in Tapei City, from July 14-23. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 19.2 points per game in his final university season and will provide the FISU team with a sharpshooter who connected on 76 three pointers in his senior campaign for the Ravens.
Carleton Ravens Men’s Basketball players at the FISU Games:
Josh Poirier, 2003 Daegu, South Korea
Rob Smart, 2003 Daegu, South Korea
Tyson Hinz, 2011 Shenzhen, China
Cole Hobin, 2011 Shenzhen, China
Philip Scrubb, 2013 Kazan, Russia
Thomas Scrubb, 2013 Kazan, Russia
David Kapinga, Calgary
Mambi Diawara, Calgary
Justus Alleyn, Manitoba
Kevin Bercy, StFX
Jordan Jensen-Whyte, UBC
Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton
Alexandre Leclerc, Laval
Javon Masters, UNB
Conor Morgan, UBC
Erik Nissen, Acadia
Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa
Connor Wood, Carleton
Head Coach: Kevin Hanson, UBC
Assistant Coach: Daniel Vanhooren, Calgary
Assistant Coach: Team Leader: Jacques Paiement Jr., Laval
Medical: Kevin Valcke, UBC