Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer has accepted an invitation to represent his home country of Canada in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, according to the Canadian Basketball Federation.
Wiltjer is among 29 players invited to compete for a spot on the final roster. He is one of four former Gonzaga Bulldogs who will also suit up for Canada. Joining him will also be some familiar faces from the Big Blue Nation, such as Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Trey Lyles.
Wiltjer spent two seasons at Kentucky before transferring to Gonzaga and finishing his final two years there.
Fresh off an NBA Championship, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse will be running the show for Wiltjer and Canada.
If you have to pick a nation to root for next month that isn’t the USA, then might I suggest cheering for our neighbors to the north. That is, if you can stomach also rooting for former Duke guard R.J. Barrett.
The FIBA World Cup kicks off on Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 15.