TORONTO — Shy Day-Wilson is missing a few days of his Duke Blue Devils training camp this week. But the 19-year-old from Toronto wasn’t going to pass up a chance to play for Canada and in front of a home crowd for the first time in years.
TORONTO — Shy Day-Wilson is missing a few days of his Duke Blue Devils training camp this week.
But the 19-year-old from Toronto wasn’t going to pass up a chance to play for Canada and in front of a home crowd for the first time in years.
Day-Wilson had 18 points and seven assists as Canada’s women’s under-23 basketball team cruised to an 85-60 victory over the United States on Saturday and advanced to the gold medal game. gold Sunday of the first Globl Jam tournament.
“Man, it’s a good feeling (to play at home),” she said. “It feels really good to be back home playing in front of my fans and supporters… I hadn’t done that in about four years. I love every moment of it.”
Merissah Russell and Sarah Te-Biasu scored 13 points each, while Aaliyah Edwards finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Yvonne Ejim pulled down 13 rebounds for the Canadians, who led by 30 points.
Canada will face France in Sunday’s final, after France beat Belgium 74-73 in the first semi-final of the day.
Day-Wilson, who lost a year of high school basketball to the COVID-19 pandemic, is coming off a spectacular rookie season with Duke, leading the Blue Devils in points, assists, field goals, free throws made and attempted, and minutes played last season, earning him the ACC Rookie of the Year award.
She said that although she misses the Duke camp, she gets the same kind of development playing with Canada’s U-23 team.
“I’m a gym rat. I stay in the gym every day. So I mean, I miss him a lot, but I don’t really miss him much, because I’m always in the gym doing my own work in it,” he said. she said.
Day-Wilson’s sizzling rookie season also caught the eye of Drake, who dubbed the five-foot-six point guard “Yellow Tape Shy.” The Toronto artist invited Day-Wilson to perform one-on-one in the courtyard of his home. The video went viral.
“He’s a good guy,” Day-Wilson said.
Day-Wilson was impressive in her national team debut for Canada’s under-19 team at last summer’s World Cup in Hungary, averaging 18.1 points per game. She dreams of playing for Canada’s senior team, and with senior coach Victor Lapena sitting courtside on Saturday, her performance surely didn’t hurt her chances.
“Everyone sees it and I see it too, I’m kind of ready for the next level,” she said. “So I’m going to keep taking it step by step. And when that time comes, I’ll be ready.”
The US, led 22-19 after one quarter, but the Canadians took an eight lead with a 14-6 run midway through the second. Canada headed into the halftime break 46-37 in front of a Mattamy Athletic Center crowd that included swimming star Penny Oleksiak, Canada’s most decorated Olympian.
The Canadians, who had beaten the United States 78-69 in the preliminary round earlier in the week, continued to retreat in the third, and when Edwards headed to the hoop for a lay-up late in the quarter, that put the Canadians up by 19. Day-Wilson hit a three-point shot with 51 seconds left in the frame, sending Canada into the fourth quarter with a 69-46 lead.
The Globl Jam tournament was created to bridge the gap between the under-19 and senior programs, and saw four countries from each men’s and women’s side compete.
Canada Basketball envisions the event becoming a basketball version of the hugely popular World Junior Hockey Championship.
“Wouldn’t that be great?” said Mike Bartlett, CEO of Canada Basketball. “Long term it would be great if it started to reflect what World Juniors have become, but it took 20, 25 years to get this thing to where it is today.
“Hopefully it doesn’t take that long for us, but again the feedback we get from everyone we talk to is, ‘you’ve got something here. “”
The 3×3 Canadian Championships, which drew large crowds to nearby Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, are being held as part of the Globl Jam festivities.
The Canadian men, who went 2-1 in the first round – their only loss to Italy – were scheduled to face the Americans in the semifinals later on Saturday. The winner will face Brazil, who beat Italy 79-56 earlier in the day, in Sunday’s gold medal final.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 9, 2022.
The Canadian Press