William Jones Cup

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R. William Jones Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2023 William Jones Cup
Founded1975; 49 years ago (1975)
First season1977
No. of teamsM: 9
W: 6
Country Taiwan
Most recent
M: United States UC Irvine Anteaters (1st title, 16th title for country)
W: Japan Chanson V-Magic (1st title, 4th for country)
Most titlesM:  United States (16 titles)
W:  South Korea (12 titles)
FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup
Official websiteWilliam Jones Cup (in Chinese)

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.

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 Taiwanese national team which usually competes as "Chinese Taipei" is referred to as "Republic of China" by the organizers.

The tournament has not been held from 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan.


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.[1]

The invitational tournament organized by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association was made following the admission of the People's Republic of China as a regular member of the ABC in 1975.[1]

The William Jones Cup has been cancelled in three separate occasions; in 1989 when the main venue was affected by fire, in 2003 due to the SARS outbreak, and in 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]


Men's tournament[edit]


Edition Year Champions Runners-up Third place
1st 1977 United States Athletes in Action - Eastern Unit United States Eastern Washington Eagles Taiwan Flying Camel
2nd 1978 United States American Buluside  South Korea United States American College
3rd 1979 Not held
4th 1980  Sweden  United States  Panama
5th 1981 Philippines Northern Cement  Sweden  France
6th 1982  United States  Canada  France
7th 1983 United States Vanderbilt Commodores[3] Scotland Murray International Metals[4]  Italy
8th 1984  United States  Canada  Netherlands
9th 1985 Philippines San Miguel  United States  Sweden
10th 1986  United States  South Korea  Japan
11th 1987  West Germany  United States  Australia
12th 1988  United States  Australia  South Korea
1989 Cancelled due to fire which affected the main venue
13th 1990  Mexico  Poland United States A-10 All-Stars[5]
14th 1991  United States  Soviet Union  South Korea
15th 1992 United States Marathon Oil Czech Republic USK Praha  United States
16th 1993 United States University of Hawaii Taiwan Hung Kuo Ukraine Spartak
17th 1994  United States Taiwan Yulong  Hungary
18th 1995  United States  Slovakia Taiwan Hung Kuo
19th 1996  Canada  Russia  United States
20th 1997 United States Kangoo Jumps Lithuania BC Lietuvos Rytas  Guanghua
21st 1998 Philippines Philippine Centennial Team  Republic of China  South Korea
22nd 1999  South Korea  Republic of China  New Zealand
23rd 2000  New Zealand  South Korea  Republic of China
24th 2001  Republic of China  South Korea Russia Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
25th 2002 Australia Great Mates Canada University of Alberta  Japan
2003 Cancelled due to SARS outbreak
26th 2004  Republic of China White  Canada Australia Perth Wildcats
27th 2005 United States Passing Lane  Republic of China  Philippines
28th 2006 United States Athletes in Action  Republic of China  Qatar
29th 2007  Jordan  Lebanon  Philippines
30th 2008  Jordan United States Athletes in Action  Australia
31st 2009  Iran  Jordan  Lebanon
32nd 2010  Iran  Lebanon  Japan
33rd 2011  Iran  South Korea  Philippines
34th 2012  Philippines Iran Mahram Tehran United States UPG
35th 2013  Iran  Republic of China  South Korea
36th 2014 South Korea Ulsan Mobis Phoebus  Republic of China Blue  Egypt
37th 2015  Iran  Philippines  Republic of China Blue
38th 2016 Philippines Mighty Sports  South Korea  Republic of China A
39th 2017 Canada Team Canada 150[note 1] Lithuania Atletas All-Star Lithuania  South Korea
40th 2018 Canada 3D Global Sports  Iran B  South Korea
41st 2019 Philippines Mighty Sports  South Korea  Japan
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
42nd 2023 United States UC Irvine Anteaters  Republic of China Blue South Korea Anyang KGC

Medal table[edit]

Country  Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
 United States 16 5 6 27
 Philippines 6 1 3 10
 Iran 5 2 0 7
 Canada 3 4 0 7
 Republic of China 2 9 5 16
 South Korea 2 7 7 16
 Jordan 2 1 0 3
 Australia 1 1 2 4
 Sweden 1 1 1 3
 New Zealand 1 0 1 2
 Mexico 1 0 0 1
 West Germany 1 0 0 1
 Lebanon 0 2 1 3
 Lithuania 0 2 0 2
 Russia 0 1 1 2
 Czechoslovakia 0 1 0 1
 Poland 0 1 0 1
 Scotland 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
 Soviet Union 0 1 0 1
 Japan 0 0 4 4
 France 0 0 2 2
 Egypt 0 0 1 1
 Hungary 0 0 1 1
 Italy 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
 Panama 0 0 1 1
 Qatar 0 0 1 1
 Ukraine 0 0 1 1

Women's tournament[edit]


Year Champions Runners-up Third place
1977 South Korea Korean All-Stars Taiwan Cathay Life France Christa Dream
1978 Not held
1979  United States South Korea Korean All-Stars Taiwan China Airlines
1980  South Korea  Republic of China  United States
1981  South Korea  United States  Republic of China
1982  Canada  United States  Australia
1983  South Korea  Italy  Netherlands
1984  United States  Brazil  Italy
1985  United States  Canada  South Korea
1986 Not held
1987  United States  South Korea  West Germany
1988  South Korea  United States  Republic of China
1989 Cancelled due to fire which affected the main venue
1990  Hungary  Republic of China  Brazil
1991  South Korea  Japan  United States
1992 United States American All-Stars  Australia Youth  Japan
1993 Taiwan Cathay Life  Japan  United States
1994  United States  South Korea Kazakhstan Al Hasa
1995 Taiwan Cathay Life  South Korea  United States
1996  United States  Slovakia  Australia
1997  South Korea  United States Taiwan Cathay Life
1998  United States  Republic of China  Japan
1999  Republic of China  New Zealand  Australia
2000  United States  Japan  Republic of China
2001 Not held
2002  Russia  Republic of China  Japan
2003 Cancelled due to SARS outbreak
2004  Republic of China Blue  South Korea  Republic of China White
2005  Republic of China  New Zealand China Zhejiang Huadong
2006  Japan  Republic of China  Italy
2007  Australia  Republic of China Blue  United States
2008  Republic of China  Australia  South Korea
2009  South Korea  Republic of China  Japan
2010  South Korea  Republic of China Taiwan University All-Stars
2011  Republic of China  Japan  Chinese Taipei University
2012 Taiwan Cathay Life Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom  Japan
2013  South Korea  Japan  Republic of China
2014  Canada Japan Denso Iris  South Korea
2015  South Korea  Japan B  Republic of China A
2016  South Korea  Japan  Republic of China A
2017  Japan U24  Republic of China Blue  New Zealand
2018  New Zealand  Japan B  Republic of China A
2019 Japan Mitsubishi Electric Koalas  New Zealand  Republic of China White
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2023 Japan Chanson V-Magic South Korea Busan BNK Sum  Republic of China Blue

Medal table[edit]

Country  Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
 South Korea 12 6 3 21
 United States 9 4 5 18
 Republic of China 8 11 14 33
 Japan 4 9 5 18
 Canada 2 1 0 3
 New Zealand 1 3 1 5
 Australia 1 2 3 6
 Hungary 1 0 0 1
 Russia 1 0 0 1
 Italy 0 1 2 3
 Brazil 0 1 1 2
 France 0 0 1 1
 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
 PR China 0 0 1 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
 West Germany 0 0 1 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The team is not the Canadian national team. The team was organized by the 3D Global Sports Canada group and played as "Team Canada 150" for the 2017 edition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (29 August 2012). "All about the Jones Cup". Sporting Chance. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ Huang, Chiao-wen; Yeh, Joseph (2 July 2020). "Taiwan cancels this year's William Jones Cup due to COVID-19". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. clips New Zealand in Jones Cup basketball". Taipei: Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. 2 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sport in Brief - Basketball". The Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Rutger's player stars in victory". Taipei: Gadsden Times. 24 July 1990. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "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.