Aug. 2, 2011
Utah Valley University senior-to-be Rory Fannon will suit up for his native New Zealand in the upcoming World University Games in China. The 26th Summer Games run from Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, which is immediately north of Hong Kong in China's Guangdong Province.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for Rory to represent his country and Utah Valley University in the World University Games," said Wolverine head coach Dick Hunsaker. "He's worked very hard throughout his career at UVU to improve and mature his game."
The men's basketball competition gets underway Saturday, August 13 with New Zealand opening against Russia. There are 24 countries in the men's basketball portion of the games, including the USA.
"It's a big responsibility," said Fannon, of representing his country. "It's a great chance for me to show my maturity and leadership within the setting of a national team. It's the biggest tournament of my life, playing the best basketball in my life and we're looking to go far in the tournanment."
Fannon and New Zealand will play five pool games before teams advance into the semifinals beginning August 20. The games feature athletes currently in college with the New Zealand squad hosting a handful of players competing in NCAA Division I basketball in the United States.