Raptors’ Boucher, Brissett announce they’ll play for Canada in summer

More good news for Canada’s Olympic basketball aspiration.

Toronto Raptors power forward Chris Boucher announced Friday on Twitter that he will sport a maple leaf crest this summer as the country aims to qualify for its first Olympic Games since 2000 in Sydney.

Canada will be pitted against Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, China and Uruguay as it hosts a last-chance qualifying tournament June 23-28 in Victoria.

Fellow Raptor Oshae Brissett also announced Friday that he would play for Canada.

Earlier this week, compatriots RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker also announced that they would suit up for Canada.

They’ll join the ranks of Dillon Brooks, Dwight Powell and Khem Birch, and likely Canadian team mainstays Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph.

Boucher, 26, is averaging 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds on 44.7 per cent shooting across 15 games with the Raptors this season.

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