William Jones Cup
The R. William Jones Cup (simplified Chinese: 威廉·琼斯盃国际篮球邀请赛; traditional Chinese: 威廉·瓊斯盃國際籃球邀請賽; pinyin: wēi lián qióng sī bēi guó jì lán qiú yāo qǐng sài), also known as the Jones Cup, is an international basketball tournament organized by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) held annually since 1977 in Taiwan.
|Most recent season or competition:|
2019 William Jones Cup
|No. of teams||M: 10 |
|M: Mighty Sports (2nd title, 6th title for country) |
W: New Zealand (1st title for country)
|Most titles||M: United States (15 titles) |
W: South Korea (12 titles)
|FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup|
|Official website||William Jones Cup (in Chinese)|
It was named in honor of basketball promoter Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Like the Olympics and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, it has both men's and women's versions. Despite lacking the prestige of the Olympic tournament and the FIBA World Championship, it is a tournament that draws global interest. Like the FIBA Stanovic Continental Champions Cup, the Renato Williams Jones Cup serves as a preparation for major tournaments, such as the Olympic Basketball Tournament, the FIBA World Cup, and the continental tournaments. Also, the Renato Williams Jones Cup serves and promotes basketball in the world. The men's version is currently being dominated by American teams since the tournament's inaugural staging while the women's version is being jointly dominated by South Korean, American and Taiwanese teams. It also invites professional club, collegiate and national teams from around the world, although the participants are mainly from the Asian, European, Egyptian and North American regions.
In both tournaments, each country can only be represented by one team, which could be its national team, youth team, club team, or an all-star selection, except for the hosts Taiwan, which could opt to have two teams.
Since the tournament is not sanctioned by FIBA, the Chinese Taipei national team is referred to as "Republic of China" by the organizers.
The tournament was conceived in 1977 as a tribute to Englishman Renato William Jones, who was FIBA secretary-general for 44 years and was instrumental in the granting of zone commission status for Asia at the 1964 FIBA World Congress in Tokyo. Jones also attended the Asian Basketball Championships in 1963, which was held in Taipei.
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- Henson, Joaquin (29 August 2012). "All about the Jones Cup". Sporting Chance. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
- "U.S. clips New Zealand in Jones Cup basketball". Taipei: Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. 2 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Sport in Brief - Basketball". The Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Rutger's player stars in victory". Taipei: Gadsden Times. 24 July 1990. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "3D Canada Brings On Kyle Julius as Head Coach for 39th William Jones Cup". Asia Basket. Eurobasket News. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Canadian Roster Announced for The 39th William Jones Cup". 3D Global Sports Canada. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
In honour Canada's 150th anniversary, 3D will have “Canada 150” stitched on their game jerseys. The team will be presented as 3D Global Sports Canada at this year’s 39th William Jones Cup.