Report: RJ Barrett withdraws from Team Canada for World Cup

NBA.com Global on Aug 02, 2019 08:01 AM
Report: RJ Barrett withdraws from Team Canada for World Cup
FILE - New York Knicks' RJ Barrett dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NBA.com staff report

New York Knicks rookie swingman RJ Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick in June's NBA Draft, will reportedly miss the upcoming FIBA World Cup due to injury. He was expected to represent Canada in the September competition.

Per a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, a "mild calf strain" suffered during NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas will keep Barrett from joining Canada's squad, which is currently ranked No. 23 overall by FIBA. He plans to attend training camp and team activities in Toronto.

The Duke product has already earned significant time on the international stage in youth competition, notably earning 2017 FIBA U-19 World Cup MVP honors while leading Canada to victory ahead of Italy and the U.S. (whom Canada beat in the semifinal).

In five Summer League games, Barrett averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.0 minutes per game, shooting 34 percent from the floor. He finished strong, dropping 21 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists in a 103-87 victory over the Wizards in New York's summer finale.

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