KU coach ‘cool’ with Wiggins playing for Canada

Kansas coach Bill Self. (AP/Orlin Wagner)

In the days leading up to Andrew Wiggins announcing his collegiate choice, many wondered if his new coach would allow him to play for Canada this summer.

That speculation can be laid to rest as Kansas coach Bill Self told Sporting News reporter Mike DeCourcy that he would be OK with the idea if Wiggins wanted to represent his native country over the summer.

“Whatever he wants to do, I’m cool with — as long as it’s a situation where he’s getting better,” Self said, although he did not know the timing of the senior qualifying tournament when he spoke. “Having an opportunity to play for one — or even better, both — of those teams would be a great opportunity for him.”

Self said Wiggins told him that he is interested in playing in the U19 Worlds that will run from June 27-July 7 in Prague but Wiggins services may also be requested by the senior men’s team this summer as they attempt to qualify for next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup. There could be a conflict in timing there as the qualification tournament runs from Aug. 30-Sept. 11 in Venezuela while the first day of classes in Lawrence will be Aug. 26.

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