Call it the Nick Nurse Effect?
Minnesota Timberwolves star and former first-overall pick Andrew Wiggins has reportedly committed to playing for Canada at the 2019 FIBA World Cup this summer, according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani.
This news comes very quickly after Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse confirmed he would be coaching the team this summer, making it two major shots in the arm for Canada’s shot at qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old Toronto native joins arguably the strongest core of players Canada has ever sent to an international tournament, with NBA talents like Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray, Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph, Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, and one of the top prospects in the coming NBA draft, R.J. Barrett.
Wiggins averaged 18.1 points over 73 games with the Timberwolves this past season, the second-highest average in the league among Canadians (Murray scored 18.2).
The World Cup takes place in China from August 31 to September 15.
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