Former Gonzaga Bulldogs star Kelly Olynyk had 11 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists for Team Canada in their 113-67 victory over the Virgin Islands on Monday as part of the World Cup qualifiers.
Olynyk is one of many NBA players representing Canada at these games – including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dwight Powell, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Memphis forward and former Oregon star Dillon Brooks may partake at a later date, giving the Canadians an even greater chance at making some noise this Olympic go-round.
Not present, at this time, are Gonzaga alumni Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer, although both are expected to partake at some point during the FIBA period. It’s unclear at this time if Andrew Nembhard is set to participate in the future, but he isn’t involved right now – likely because of the injury risk it would present just before his first NBA opportunity.
Olynyk’s participation is a big win for Team Canada, and Zag fans should look for him to be among their highest scorers throughout this process – as long as he stays healthy and participating.
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