The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China is set to be flush with big name NBA star's and Canada just received a major boost in their hopes of going deep into the tournament.
Number one draft pick in 2014 and Minnesota Timberwolves player Andrew Wiggins has committed to represent his country when the World Cup gets underway in late August.
Canada have been drawn in Group H alongside Australia, Lithuania and Senegal.
They'll kick off tournament play against Australia on September 1, then play Lithuania on September 3 before closing out the group stage against Senegal on September 5.
Rowan Barrett, the GM of Canada's national men's basketball team, tells me Andrew Wiggins has committed to play for Team Canada this summer at the World Cup in China. Huge boost to help the chances at qualifying for next summer's Tokyo Olympics.- Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) June 17, 2019
Canada is reportedly set to be coached by recent NBA champion Nick Nurse.
The 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition will be held from 31 August - 15 September in China. Eight cities will host World Cup games - Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Canada will play three games in Australia as warm ups ahead of the World Cup.
Canada v Australia - 16 August - Perth
Canada v Australia - 17 August - Perth
Canada v USA - 26 August - Sydney