We know at least one Kentucky Wildcat playing in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup this summer, but he won’t be on John Calipari’s Team USA roster.
Tai Wynyard — the Lumberjack, as he’s known around these parts — will once again represent his home country of New Zealand. Kentucky’s redshirt sophomore was selected as one of 12 members of the Junior Tall Blacks (that’s the team’s name), therefore he will be making the trip to Cairo to possibly play against his college coach and the Americans.
Wynyard is well versed in international competition; he has played in the 2013 FIBA U16 Oceania Championship, the 2014 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, and was named MVP of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in 2015 after he led his team to the gold medal. He played again in the 3×3 World Cup in 2016.