Team Canada got some front court help with the addition of former UNLV standoutsand Khem Birch for July's Olympic qualifier.
Triano says Bennett was able to get insured, will be w/ Team Canada this summer. Khem Birch is here too, has also been added to player pool— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) June 15, 2016
After one year at UNLV in which he averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, Bennett was the number one overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. He was the first Canadian to be selected first overall. His NBA road has been a bumpy one since then, he's spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors, never averaging more than 16 minutes per game in a season.
Birch spent two years at UNLV after a season at Pittsburgh. In both seasons he was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Birch left UNLV with a year of eligibility remaining, and was not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. On June 14th he signed a two-year contract with Olympiacos B.C. of the Euroleague.
Canada kicks off Olympic qualifying play July 5th against Turkey in Manila.