Wiggins turns down Team Canada

Canadian hoops phenom Andrew Wiggins. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun files)

Canadian hoops phenom Andrew Wiggins. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun files)

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, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

Kansas University recruit Andrew Wiggins is passing up a chance to play for Team Canada so he can prepare for his Jayhawks basketball career, Canada Basketball announced on its official website.

Wiggins played for the Canadian junior team in 2010 and 2012. The U19 tournament, which Wiggins won’t participate in, is scheduled to takes place in the Czech Republic at the end of June.

“(A)t 18 years old, Andrew has a long basketball career ahead of him,” Rowan Barrett, executive vice-president and assistant general manager of Canada Basketball’s senior men’s program, said in a statement “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.”


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