Former York University men’s basketball player Paul Jones was hired by CTV Sports to help cover the basketball portion of the upcoming Olympic Summer Games in London, England.
Jones, who played for York from 1977 to 1981 and is now well known as the voice of the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors on FAN 590 radio broadcasts in Toronto, will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the women’s basketball competition. He will be located in the Toronto studio alongside Chantal Vallee. Vallee is the head coach of the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team, leading the squad to the gold medal at each of the last two Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships.
In his four years with the York Yeomen, Jones won three provincial titles and was awarded the Kitch McPherson Trophy as most valuable player of the Ontario championship game in 1981. A two-time Ontario University Athletics Association all-star (1980, 1981), he participated in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union national championship tournament four times and won two bronze medals in 1978 and 1979. In 1983, he won a silver medal as a member of the team that represented Canada in the Commonwealth Basketball Tournament in New Zealand.
He graduated from York University in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.
At the Olympics, which begin on Friday, July 27, Team Canada’s women’s basketball squad will compete in Pool B along with Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain and Russia and will play five round robin games before the medal round begins. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 6:15am Eastern Time against the Russians.
Pool B – Canadian Preliminary Schedule (all times ET)
Sat. July 28 vs. Russia @ 6:15am
Mon. July 30 vs. Great Britain @ 3pm
Wed. Aug. 1 vs. France @ 4am
Fri. Aug. 3 vs. Brazil @ 9:30am
Sun. Aug. 5 vs. Australia @ 9:30am