The Canadian Men's National Team announced that incoming University of Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray is one of 16 players who will attend training camp in Toronto from Aug. 14-20 ahead of the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. The 18-year-old Murray's hometown is Kitchener, Ontario.
The training camp roster will include 10 players from the NBA, including the Timberwolves' Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk, the Raptors' Cory Joseph, and the 76ers' Nik Stauskas.
"We have a talented mix of NBA and pro athletes and we're excited to get them in the gym together," Coach Jay Triano said in a statement. "This camp will be an opportunity to train, build team chemistry and prepare for a tough and important tournament with the goal of qualifying for Rio."
Yet to be determined is whether Murray will be available to play in the FIBA Americas tournament, which will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 12. The first- and second-place teams will qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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With Kentucky's fall semester starting Aug. 26, Murray would have to miss classes to play.
Coach John Calipari told the Sporting News last month that he gave Canadian officials a "drop-dead" date when Murray would have to be back on campus in order to be eligible to play a full season of college basketball.
"We'll see if there's any way he can do both, because that's what I want," Calipari told the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy. "The kid absolutely wants to play for the national team, and we want that. But the NCAA has really clear guidelines on this.
"This kid is so much for his country, I can't begin to tell you. Whatever we can do, we're going to do."
Murray played well for Team Canada last month in the Pan American Games in Toronto. He scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds as Canada settled for the silver medal after an 86-71 loss to Brazil in the finals.
Overall, Murray averaged 16 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in five games.
Murray earned a glowing review from former NBA star Steve Nash, Team Canada's general manager.
"He's a special, special kid, that's all I can say," Nash told The Calgary Sun after the team's semifinal victory against the United States. "He's not afraid of the moment, he embraces the moment and that's why he's very, very special.
"Now it's just important for us to keep his feet on the ground, keep him trying to learn and improve and get him set for the rest of summer and college and what comes next."
■ Team Canada will also participate in a five-team exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico from Aug. 23-26.