Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves is one of 16 players trying out for the 12-man Canadian National Team that will be competing at the FIBA Americas Championship, Aug. 31-Sept. 12 in Mexico.
Top two finishers at the 10-team FIBA tourney will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Canada last competed in the Olympics in 2000. Other notable players trying out for the team: former Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim, former Baylor guard Brady Heslip and current Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray.
Kentucky offers Young: KU recruiting target Trae Young, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard from Norman (Oklahoma) North High, on Sunday received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, Young reported on his Twitter account.
Rivals.com’s No. 28-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2017 also is considering Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Duke, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Washington, Virginia, UConn, UCLA and others.
He and No. 2-ranked Michael Porter, a 6-8 junior from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, are considering attending the same college. They both are planning to attend the Oct. 9 Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.
“Most of the schools that are going after me are going after him,” Porter told Zagsblog.com. “Just seeing how we play together on the court now we feel that it’s something we want to do if it works out, of course.”
Young is the son of former Texas Tech standout Rayford Young, who scored 41 points in a home loss to KU during the 1998-99 season. It’s the eighth-most points scored against KU in a single game in KU history.
Jackson predicted it: The legend of Josh Jackson is growing. Rivals.com’s No. 1 player in the recruiting Class of 2016 is on tape uttering the words, “I’m gonna go for 50,” before the start of Saturday’s Big Strick Classic in New York.
Amazingly, the 6-7 shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California (originally from Southfield, Michigan) who is considering KU, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Michigan State, Maryland, UNLV and Villanova, then scored exactly 50 points in the exhibition game.
For tape of his prediction and game highlights, go to the Web address http://ljw.bz/1L3dkx6
Arthur signs: Former KU forward Darrell Arthur has agreed to a “multi-year” deal with the Denver Nuggets, the team has announced. The 6-foot-9 Arthur averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 58 games (four starts) for the Nuggets last season. The Denver Post said Arthur’s deal was for two seasons. No other details have been reported. Arthur, 27, was a No. 27 overall pick of New Orleans in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was traded to Memphis on draft night and played there five seasons.
No commitment: Terrance Ferguson, a 6-6 senior shooting guard from Dallas who is ranked No. 11 in the Class of 2016, did not orally commit to Alabama following his official weekend visit to Tuscaloosa. Ferguson will attend Late Night in the Phog. He’s also considering North Carolina, Texas, SMU, Louisville, Texas A&M; and others.
And a track reminder: The funeral service for former KU track coach Bob Timmons will be 2 p.m., today, at Mustard Seed Church, 700 Wakarusa Drive.