Universiade Roster includes players from 4 U-Sports Leagues
U-Sports announced the roster for the 2017 FISU Games (Universiade) team today … Coach Kevin Hanson (UBC) and his Assistants, Dan Vanhooren (Calgary), and Jacques Paiment Jr. (Laval) will have select players from all 4 U-Sports Leagues, led by Carleton ‘s pair of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane, who sparked the Ravens’ 7th straight National Championship.
Canada West players include Conor Morgan and Jordan Jensen-Whyte of UBC, along with David Kapinga and Mambi Diawara of Calgary, and Justus Alleyn from the Manitoba Bisons.
Here is the roster with 2016-17 statistics and notes –
Justus Alleyn, Manitoba … 2nd team Canada West All – Star 2017, 17.4 ppg
Mambi Diawara, Calgary … 12.3 ppg, 45% shooter, 5.1 rebs, 2.1 steals
Jordan Jensen-Whyte, UBC … 15.9 ppg, 3.8 asst,
Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton … MVP of 2017 Final 8, 15.5 ppg, 5.2 asst
David Kapinga, Calgary … 11.5 ppg, 48% 3 pt shooter, 4.1 asst, 2.5 steals
Javon Masters, UNB … 2nd team All – Canadian 2017, 19.6 ppg, 5.8 asst
Connor Wood, Carleton … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, and U-Sports Most Outstanding Player, 19.2 ppg, MVP 2016 Final 8
Kevin Bercy, St FX … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, MVP in the AUS 2017, 19.8 ppg, 11.3 rebs
Alexandre Leclerc, Laval … 6-6 forward, 10 ppg, 5.8 rebs , All-Canadian in 2016
Conor Morgan, UBC … 1st team All – Canadian 2017 … 23.1 ppg, 7.5 rebs
Erik Nissen, Acadia … AUS All-star 2017 … 18.1 ppg, 9.7 rebs
Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa … OUA All-Star 2017, 14.4 ppg, 8.7 rebs
This Canada Basketball ‘Development Team’ has some particular challenges, with limited funding for travel expenses as a key deficit. There is also a possibility that any of the graduated players, Jensen-Whyte, Kajami-Keane, or Wood may not make the trip to compete in Taiwan if they sign a pro contract and are due to start training camp with that pro team.
Canada has a solid recent history in this biannual competition, and with the speed and experience of this squad, they should do well at the August 19 – 30th Games. We’ll expect to have updates on this team once they start training later this summer. Coach Hanson tells us that the team will fly to Chicago on August 5, and train through the 13th. The team will play Purdue University of the Big 10 on August 11 and 12.
- Canada’s U-19 National Team, coached by the Ryerson Rams Roy Rana, is slated to start play in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt on July 1st. They are 2-1 in pre-tournament play, having lost to France, and beaten both Lithuania and Spain.
- U. Victoria Coach , Craig Beaucamp , guided Canada’s U-17’s to the Silver medal in FIBA Americas Championships in Argentina in mid June. Canada registered wins over Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. They lost to the USA in the championship game.