Andrew Wiggins Highlights Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster!

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With 10 NBA players on Canada’s Olympic qualifying roster Minnesota Timberwolves, star Andrew Wiggins highlights a very talented roster and  most NBA laden team the national team has ever presented.  The top two teams at FIBA Americas will qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year. Canada’s men’s team has not qualified for the Olympic tournament since 2000, back when Steve Nash was on the squad.

“We have a talented mix of NBA and pro athletes and we’re excited to get them in the gym together,” Canadian coach Jay Triano said in a release. “This camp will be an opportunity to train, build team chemistry and prepare for a tough and important tournament with the goal of qualifying for Rio.”

Wiggins is joined by Anthony Bennett (Minnesota), Sim Bhullar (Sacramento),  (Orlando), Cory Joseph (Toronto), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Dwight Powell (Dallas), Robert Sacre (Los Angeles), and Nik Stauskas (Philadelphia) to make up the NBA contingent for the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament that tips off Aug. 31 in Mexico City.

Ejim recently signed with the Orlando Magic last week for the upcoming NBA season.

The 16 players will open training camp Friday in Toronto.

The first and second-place teams in Aug. 31-Sept. 12 tournament earn berths in the Rio Games. The Canadian men are looking for their first Olympic berth since 2000 in Sydney.

The roster’s remaining six players are Aaron Doornekamp, Carl English, Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, and Phil Scrubb, who are all on European teams, and Jamal Murray, who recently graduated from high school and is headed to the University of Kentucky.

For further details, visit Canada Basketball.

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