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Victoria’s Conor Morgan Named to Canada’s Basketball Team for World Cup Qualifiers

As part of the Golden Generation of Canadian NBA players, Conor Morgan of Victoria continues to prove his worth as a valued depth player in the national team program.

As part of the Golden Generation of Canadian NBA players, Conor Morgan of Victoria continues to prove his worth as a valued depth player in the national team program.

The Mount Douglas Secondary Rams graduate was named Friday to the 16-man Canadian camp that will convene in Toronto under head coach Nick Nurse for the third qualifying window of the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. . Canada, 4-0 in the first two World Cup qualifying windows, will face the Dominican Republic on July 1 in Hamilton, Ont., in the national team’s first game on home soil since the surprise semi-final loss. -final against the Czech Republic in Tokyo. Olympic qualifying tournament last summer at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Center in Victoria. The Canadians will travel to the US Virgin Islands for the second game of the third window on July 4.

Six-foot-nine Morgan, a wonderfully fluid forward whose touch is as deadly from the outside as it is from the inside, led Canada to silver at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and collected in averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Canada in 2019. FIBA ​​World Cup China.

The NBA players named to the Canadian camp are Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Utah Jazz, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kelly Olynyk of the Detriot Pistons and Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. The rest of the load will be carried by veteran European pros such as Morgan, who plays for Andorra in Spain, and Phil and Thomas Scrubb from Richmond.

It’s a bit like football when countries like England and Germany field their secondary national team players against minnows in the early qualifying rounds for the World Cup or the Euros. Canada will use up to 35 players in the six qualifying windows for the 2023 World Cup, which will also serve as the first and main qualifier for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. last year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, saying, “It’s always an honor to wear the national team jersey.”

In addition to Alexander-Walker, Powell, Olynyk and Gilgeous-Alexander, other NBA players who have committed through the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics cycle include Jamal Murray, RJ Barrett, Khem Birch, Luguentz Dort, Oshae Brissett and Kevin Pangos. . These last six will participate in training camp but will not participate in the third window of the World Cup qualifiers. Cory Joseph of the Pistons is also signed but has been granted a waiver for family reasons and will not participate in training camp. Missing from the list is Andrew Wiggins, who competed in Olympic qualifying last summer in Victoria and won the NBA championship last week with the Golden State Warriors.

Eighty national teams play in their regional tournaments, across six qualifying windows, to earn all 30 spots to join co-hosts Japan and the Philippines in the 32-team FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 from 25 August to September 10 next year. The top seven World Cup teams will join host France as the top eight qualifiers for the 12-team Paris 2024 Olympic tournament and Canada, with the most NBA players other than the United States, aims to be in this group. The final four teams for the Olympics will be decided in the Last Chance Qualifier.

The so-called golden generation has so far underperformed and Canada has not made the Olympics in men’s basketball since being captained at Sydney 2000 by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, of Victoria.

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