TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball junior center Adut Bulgak added to FSU’s offseason of heavy international competition when she earned a spot on the Canadian Senior B National Team set to compete in the 36th William Jones International Basketball Tournament.
Bulgak, rated the top junior college player in the country this past year, is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in Sudan and Kenya before making Canada her home. The 6-foot-4 athletic post player will look to help her country make a run in the tournament that runs from Aug. 20-24 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Bulgak’s rewarding selection to Canada’s Senior B National Team gives Florida State three student-athletes whom have participated in high-level international competition in the offseason. Sophomore transfer guard Leticia Romero led her Spanish team to a runner-up finish at the U20 European Championships, while freshman forward/center Ama Degbeon powered Germany to a gold medal at the U20 Division B European Championships.
“It’s great for those three players, and for our program overall, to experience quality international competition,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Adut is a special player with so much versatility. I'm thrilled for both her and for the Canadian National Team. I’m excited to see her represent her country in the coming days, and then see her in a Florida State uniform this season.”
Prior to transferring at Florida State, Bulgak emerged as the top JUCO player at Trinity Valley College in Athens, Texas. In her sophomore season in the 2013-14 year, she averaged 15.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks en route to National Player of the Year honors by the NJCAA and the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association.
A two-time All-American at Trinity Valley, Bulgak led the Cardinals to a national championship in 2014 with a 36-1 record. She also earned WBCA/JUCO Freshman of the Year honors in 2012-13, averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Canada will play a five-game slate starting on Wednesday, Aug. 20, against Chinese Taipei-B at 4 a.m. ET. On Thursday, the Canadians will face Japan at 2 a.m. ET, followed by another 2 a.m. matchup on Friday against Korea. On Aug. 23, opponent Chinese Taipei-A awaits for a 6 a.m. tilt, followed by a matchup against the United States on Aug. 24 at 2 a.m.
Bulgak is the only player from the province of Alberta on the 13-player roster, which includes six players from Ontario, two from Quebec, one apiece from Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba as well as a Washington native.
Canada will be led by veteran head coach Fabian McKenzie, who has extensive work with the Canadian Women’s National Team.
"We are looking forward to our trip to Taipei to represent Canada Basketball in the Jones Cup,” McKenzie said. “Our team has put in a tremendous amount of work throughout training camp and is ready to put what they have learned into action. I have been very impressed with the performance of our group and I am excited to see them play.
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