On this morning’s teleconference with John Calipari, much of the focus was on the UK players trying out for Team USA. Three current players and five Kentucky recruits will participate in the 28-man tryout next week in Colorado. The additional experience with Calipari is invaluable, but many are overlooking the important international basketball experience for two other Calipari players.
A few weeks ago we discovered junior forward Tai Wynyard will play for New Zealand in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo. Today we learned freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will tryout for the Canadian National Team this week in Toronto.
We will not likely be able to see the most productive parts of Calipari’s time as Team USA’s head coach. Let’s face it, they’re going to blow everyone away in Egypt. But if Team USA is matched up with New Zealand or Canada from July 1-9, it will be can’t miss TV for the BBN.