Robbie Hummel is not headed to Tokyo, but Zach edgy might be. The one year delay for the 2020 games in Tokyo could benefit Purdue in the long run, as Zach Edey has been invited to try out for the Canadian National Team, which is participating in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments June 29-July 4.
Edey will try out for both the Canadian National Team in hopes of being selected for the Tokyo Olympics and the U19 team for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup. He looks to become the first Purdue basketball player to play in the Olympics since Terry Dischinger won gold for the United States in 1960.
Team Canada will attempt to qualify for the Olympics beginning June 29 in Victoria, British Columbia. They are part of Group A with China and Greece, and the top two teams in the group will advance to the semifinals against the top two teams from a Uruguay, Czech Republic-Turkey group. only one team from the knockout rounds at each of four sites will qualify, as qualifiers will be played in Victoria, Split, Croatia, Kauna, Lithuania, and Belgrade, Serbia. Greece is the likely favorite in Canada’s pod, as they are ranked 9th in the world and Canada is ranked 21st.
Should Zach not make the senior national team he can still make the U19 world Cup team, where we could see Boiler-on-Boiler crime. Canada is also sending a team to the FIBA U-19 World Cup and should Canada and the US meet he would potentially face off against Caleb Furst and Jaden Ivery. Trey Kaufman-Renn has already pulled out of the US tryouts with a broken bone in his hand, but Furst and Ivey stand an excellent chance of making the roster and going to Latvia.