Canada got a tough draw in its Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
But at least the Canadians should have plenty of talent in their quest to reach the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander:
“One hundred percent,’’ Barrett said. “I definitely plan on playing for my country this summer. I’m very proud to say that. Try to play every summer, as much as I can, so 100-percent planning on playing. It’s great to see everyone buying, trying to do something great for our country, try to get to Tokyo. Just really excited.”
Remember, most reasons a player doesn’t play – injury, personal reasons, etc. – emerge closer to the event. It’s easier to commit now.
But Canada should be encouraged by this early enthusiasm. That could easily snowball into more eager participants.