TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS announced today the rosters for the men's and women's soccer, men's volleyball and men's basketball teams set to represent Canada at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.
Fifth year basketball Axemen forward and native of Quispamsis, N.B., Erik Nissen was chosen to represent Canada at the FISU 2017 Summer Universiade Games. The team is composed of U SPORTS players from across the country. Nissen will head to Chicago, IL in August for a training camp and then to Purdue University for two of exhibition games before heading to Taiwan to compete from August 19-30, 2017.
Nissen finished the 2016-17 AUS season with a league leading 41 blocks and finished third in rebounding with a 9.7 rebounds per game average. Nissen was seventh in the conference with 18.1 points per game.
A total of 76 athletes will don the red and white this August on one of five teams being exclusively managed in-house by U SPORTS. All remaining Canadian teams heading to the 29th FISU Summer Games are being run by their respective National Sport Organizations (NSOs), including artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, women's basketball, diving, fencing, golf, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, men's and women's water polo, weightlifting and wushu.
The 2017 Summer Universiade is set for Aug. 19-30 in Taipei City. The full rosters and players to watch for men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball and men's volleyball are available below. The women's volleyball team managed by U SPORTS, as well as the rest of the Canadian delegation, including all teams managed by Canadian NSOs, will be announced later this summer.
* Denotes key players to watch MEN'S BASKETBALL
U SPORTS schools represented: 9
Highest-represented school: Calgary, UBC and Carleton (2 each)
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
Athletes to watchCarleton guards Kaza Kajami-Keane and Connor Wood led the Ravens to their seventh straight national title and 13th banner in 15 years. Wood, the U SPORTS Player of the Year and a First Team All-Canadian averaged a career-high 19.2 points per game, while ranking second nationally in three-pointers (76) and third in three-point conversion rate (50.3 per cent). Teammate Kajami-Keane was also impressive, picking up Championship MVP and a Second Team All-Canadian nod with the second-most assists in Canada (99) to go along with 15.5 points per game. Out west, UBC guard and First Team All-Canadian Conor Morgan averaged the second-highest points per game (23.1), the third-most points scored (438) as well as 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Head Coach: Kevin Hanson, UBC
Assistant Coach: Daniel Vanhooren, Calgary
Team Leader: Jacques Paiement Jr., Laval
Medical: Kevin Valcke, UBC