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Wiggins will put Kansas before Canada this summer

Jun 8, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

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Earlier today, we reported on Bill Self’s speculation about the summer plans of Andrew Wiggins. The season’s biggest recruit is from Canada, and has the opportunity to represent his home country on the FIBA U19 team. Self believed that Wiggins would give at least part of his summer over to Team Canada.

Turns out Self was wrong.

According to the Basketball Canada website, Wiggins has chosen to focus on getting ready for his freshman year of DI basketball, and will forego his berth on the Junior Men’s National Team.

Wiggins’ decision may be a disappointment to Canadians in the short term, but the long-term outlook for Team Canada may actually become more attractive if Wiggins spends extra time in the Bill Self talent development pipeline. Wiggins and several other talented Canadian stars will make for a super-tough squad in the upcoming Olympic games.

Rowan Barrett, executive vice-president and assistant general manager of Canada Basketball’s Senior Men’s program, commented that, “at 18 years old, Andrew has a long basketball career ahead of him. Andrew’s decision to prepare himself this summer for the upcoming season is a decision we acknowledge. Our team will miss Andrew this summer, but we remain focused on Andrew’s long-term development and our organizational goals for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond”.

Wiggins could still play for the senior team later this summer. As our own Scott Phillips pointed out earlier, Canadian citizens with NBA skills like Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson are becoming more and more common, which could lead to a truly dangerous Canadian hoops squad in 2016.

Eric Angevine is editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. knodtl1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Don’t forget to add Anthony Bennett.

  2. brotherlove2012 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    We could finally have a team able to compete at the international level, with the level of talent that we are developing right now it will be interesting for sure in 2016.

  3. imforbigblue - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Yeah Kansas would be pissed if all the money they spent on Wiggins went to waste if he got hurt before he played for them.

  4. cranespy - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Not a Kansas fan BUT he made the very best decision for his future…….he didn’t fall victim to Coach Cal and his snake oil schtick nor did he follow in his Dads footsteps……he will LEARN much more basketball under Coach Self and his staff.

  5. joelcollins2 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Reblogged this on JCKC Sports and commented:
    Wiggins Looks to be ALL IN for KU!

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