Quebec basketball player Luguentz Dort will have the chance to show off on the Canadian team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder member will be part of a group of 21 elected officials who will attend training camp, Canada Basketball confirmed Thursday.
Known for his defensive prowess, Dort still averaged 14 points per game in his second season in the NBA. He also preserved an average of 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, he who is on the floor for more than 29 minutes per game.
“Here we go!” He simply wrote on his Instagram account, adding small Canadian flags.
Representatives of the Maple Leaf will try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, June 29 to July 4, in Victoria. In Group A, they will face Greece and China. Only the winning country of this tournament will get its ticket to Tokyo.
Headliners are missing
While several players already playing in the NBA will be in training camp, two important names are not on the list, namely those of Jamal Murray and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Considered two of the best basketball players in the country, the duo will have to be absent due to injuries. The name of Quebecer Chris Boucher also does not appear on this list.
The Canadians can still count on leaders worthy of the title, in RJ Barrett and Andrew Wiggins, among others. These two men will be Canada’s two main headliners, among a group of 14 players on the Silver Tour.