It is going to be a busy summer for Purdue’s Zach Edey. Over the weekend it was reported that he had made Canada’s Senior National Team that is attempting to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo. That at least was partially true, as he made the roster as one of two alternates to the 12 that will dress for qualifications beginning tomorrow in Victoria, BC. It will be a short stay, however, as he is headed to Latvia by the the weekend to join the U-19 National team for the FIBA World Cup.
Purdue’s Zach Edey earns a spot on Canada’s U19 team and is alternate for the Olympic team— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) June 28, 2021
Could face teammates Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst in Latvia
Edey still has the possibility of joining the senior team in Tokyo later in July should the qualify, and may even still travel as one of the alternates. That is an incredible honor for such a young player. The Canadian National Team currently has eight players on NBA rosters, so making it even as an alternate at his age in impressive.
As far as the U-19 World Cup, we could see Boiler-on-Boiler crime as early as the quarterfinals:
Canada vs. Lithuania 8am ET
USA vs. Turkey 10:30am ET
Canada vs. Japan 5am ET
USA vs. Mali 1:30pm ET
Canada vs. Senegal 5am ET
USA vs. Australia 1:30pm
Canada Group A vs. Group B (Puerto Rico, Iran, Serbia, Latvia) Round of 16
USA Group D vs. Group C (Argentina, France, South Korea, Spain) Round of 16
Quarterfinals (Earliest possible meeting for Canada vs. USA)
Th only downside is I cannot fathom flying Victoria, BC to Latvia, to Toronto, to Tokyo while being 7’4”. They had better spring for first class for him.