Basketball

Andrew Wiggins says he'll play for Canada's basketball team

Canadian basketball star Andrew Wiggins told reporters he wants to play Team Canada this summer. But it may not be for the Pan Am Games.

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie hinted he'll play in August Olympic qualifier

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins told reporters Wednesday that he will play for Team Canada this summer. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins says he wants to play for Team Canada, but he didn't say if that includes the Pan Am Games in his hometown.

Speaking to reporters after Wednesday's shootaround, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward said he'll play for Team Canada in August. The FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament is Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 in Mexico.

While Wiggins spoke specifically about putting the Canadian jersey on in August, he said nothing about July. The Toronto Pan Am Games are July 10 to July 26. 

After a stellar opening campaign, Wiggins is the odds-on favourite to win NBA rookie of the year.

His Minnesota Timberwolves teammate, Anthony Bennett, has already said he'll suit up for Canada at the Pan Ams.

A spokesperson for Canada Basketball said no offical announcement on the Pan Am team will be made until June 26.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now