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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wiggins won’t play for Canada

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— Andrew Wiggins will not play for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tournament this July, instead preferring to spend his summer gearing up for his third season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Former Kansas University standout Wiggins said on Friday that he spent a lot of time thinking about the decision, but it was one he felt he had to make to ensure he was ready to try and help push the Wolves into the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

“As my third NBA season approaches, I understand my increased role with the Timberwolves and dedication to the upcoming season must have my total focus,” Wiggins said in a statement issued by his agency, BDA Sports. “We are building a championship contending team, which has always been my goal. This was definitely not an easy decision and I fully support and wish Team Canada nothing but success this summer.”

Wiggins would still be eligible to participate in the Rio Games should Canada qualify in July by winning its tournament, one of three to determine the final three places in the Olympics.

Comments

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

Who cares? The kid was only here one year and disappeared when it mattered most against Stanford.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

People who don't spend most of their time looking for reasons to be angry care.....

Dirk Medema 5 years, 4 months ago

People who noticed and appreciated the great effort he gave to KU and the wonderful representative he was and remains to be.

Gavin Fritton 5 years, 4 months ago

People who recognize the tremendous bump he gave KU, already recruiting at a high level, by putting them into the stratosphere of recruiting care a great deal.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

Hosers are gonna be really bummed....

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 4 months ago

No negatives from me on Andrew. He is a quality person, a great basketball player, and comes from a very good family. Can't ask for much more.

Robert Moore 5 years, 4 months ago

He is part of the screwy NBA system of 1 and Dones. Not his fault. He will always be a representative of the Jayhawks. He is a quality young man making a very good living and working hard to improve. Go man.

Fred Davis 5 years, 4 months ago

While every KU fan would've loved for Wiggins to stay another year - and display the offense he's developed in the NBA - the kid is on well on his way to being a bonafide Superstar. He's a great ambassador for KU in the OAD Era. Besides - Cavalier fans miss him far more than KU does.

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