Utah Jazz Gaming center Spencer “Ria” Wyman has been named to the inaugural USA Basketball E-National Team roster. “Ria” is one of seven gamers who will represent the United States in international competition at the FIBA Esports Open II in the North and Central American Conference on Dec. 19-20.
All games will be played remotely on NBA 2K21. The FIBA Esports Open II field includes 38 national teams in seven regional conferences. The seven-member USA squad will tip off virtually against gaming teams from Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Puerto Rico for the right to be crowned conference champions.
“When I began playing NBA 2K, I couldn’t even imagine the places this game would take me, from the NBA and the Utah Jazz to the world stage,” said Wyman. “I’m humbled and honored to represent my country and USA Basketball in its first-ever international esports competition. I look forward to joining my teammates for all the excitement of virtual FIBA play.”
“Ria,” a native of Shoreline, Wash., was selected first overall by Jazz Gaming in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft. In his second pro season in 2020, “Ria” earned All-NBA 2K League First Team and All-NBA 2K League Defensive Team honors, averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 13.9 rebounds (fourth-best in the NBA 2K League) to go with 2.6 blocks (ninth) in 38 contests.
Jazz Gaming Head Coach Jelani “Comp” Mitchell, who was named the 2020 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year, was a member of the USA Basketball E-National Team selection panel.
Under Mitchell’s leadership in 2020, Jazz Gaming earned its first postseason berth in its three-year franchise history, completing the season with a final four finish in the NBA 2K League Playoffs. The official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz posted a franchise-best 14-2 (.875) record and placed in the top four in both of its in-season tournament appearances.