Kentucky's Wiltjer headed to China with Canadian development team

June 5, 2013 

University of Kentucky junior-to-be Kyle Wiltjer is one of 16 basketball players named to the Canadian Men's National Team 2013 development roster.

The team has been training in Portland, Ore., in preparation for an exhibition series in China that begins Saturday.

The group is led by Senior Men's National Team head coach Jay Triano, who is an assistant coach with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.

After returning from China, Wiltjer will have a chance to represent Canada in the World University Games from July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.

The development roster serves as a stepping stone for players hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Canadian development roster also includes guards Brady Heslip of Baylor, Melvin Ejim of Iowa State, Olivier Hanlan of Boston College, Grant Mullins of Columbia, Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga, Laurent Rivard of Harvard and Philip Scrubb of Carleton (Canada).

Forwards joining Wiltjer are Mangisto Arop of Indiana State, Murphy Burnatowski of Colgate, Justin Edwards of Kansas State, Owen Klassen of Acadia (Canada), Daniel Mullings of New Mexico State, Dwight Powell of Stanford and Thomas Scrubb of Carleton (Canada). The team's only center is Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State.

The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer played in all 33 games for Kentucky in 2012-13, starting 10. He was fourth on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game, and averaged 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

He was named the Southeastern Conference's Sixth Man of the Year.

Wiltjer's selection is right on par for Kentucky Coach John Calipari's wishes.

In assessing his entire roster last month, Calipari said of Wiltjer: "His body has to change. The Sixth Man of the Year has to get better physically. My hope is he makes the Canadian National Team and it takes his game to another level."

Floreal says he'll walk on with Cats

E.J. Floreal, son of UK track and field coach Edrick Floreal, will be a walk-on with the Kentucky basketball team next season, the player announced on his Twitter account.

Floreal played this past season at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington after transferring from California when his father, the track coach at Stanford, took the position at Kentucky.

Floreal is a 6-foot-5 swingman who had received interest from San Francisco, Santa Clara, UC-Davis and Tennessee.

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