Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Traer, Tutu Named to 2018 Canada Basketball Commonwealth Games Teams

TORONTO, ON — Canada Basketball Tuesday announced the women’s and men’s rosters for the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018.

Two Ravens basketball stars made the final rosters representing the Canadian women’s and men’s teams, as fifth-year forward Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) and third-year guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) of Carleton will both be donning the red and white Down Under next month.

Traer recently completed her fifth and final season of U SPORTS eligibility in dream-like fashion. The 6-foot-1 forward capped off a remarkable two-year stay with the Ravens by hoisting a second consecutive Critelli Cup title along with the program’s first national championship. Traer’s game-winning shot (“The Traer Prayer“) in the national semifinal helped Carleton knock off the defending Bronze Baby champion McGill, before her championship game double-double lifted the Ravens past the Saskatchewan Huskies in the final.  In her last year of university basketball, Traer averaged 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 blocks in 21 regular season games.

Traer is no stranger to international duty and wearing the maple leaf on her jersey. In 2017, the Chelsea, QC native competed for Canada in several global basketball events including the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie last July in Côte d’Ivoire and at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade in Taipei City in September.

Tutu is coming off his first season at Carleton after transferring from Loyola Marymount (NCAA DI) just ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. The 6-foot guard showed flashes of brilliance throughout his junior season, starting all 23 regular season games and finishing with averages of 8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Tutu flirted with several triple doubles during the course of the season, influencing the game at both ends of the floor, but finding his niche as the team’s key playmaker. The Windsor, ON native finished fifth in the conference with 108 dimes, providing the Ravens with backcourt stability on their way to winning the OUA Wilson Cup and a bronze medal at the U SPORTS Final 8.

Tutu has represented Canada in the past, helping his country capture a silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Tournament.

Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament), and Australia won both the men’s and women’s tournaments at those Games.

The 2018 men’s tournament includes four teams in Pool A: Australia, Nigeria, New Zealand and Canada and four teams in Pool B: England, Cameroon, India and Scotland. The Canadian women are also in Pool A, along with Australia, England and Mozambique, while Pool B features New Zealand, Jamaica, India and Malaysia.

Both teams will make their Commonwealth Games debut on Friday, April 6 and fans in Canada can catch all the action streaming live on DAZN.

Canada’s men’s team will open the tournament at 5:30 PM local (3:30 AM ET) against Australia at the Cairns Convention Centre, while the women will face England at 6:30 PM local (4:30 AM ET) from the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. Click here for a complete schedule.

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