Tristan Thompson is the highest drafted Canadian-born player of all-time. After being selected by the Cavaliers last off-season, prior to inking his rookie deal due to the lockout, he did not play for Team Canada during international competition. Since then, the Canadians have appointed Steve Nash General Manager of their National Team. Jay Traino was also recently named Head Coach. This week Traino and company are holding a Team Canada mini-camp of sorts, and Tristan Thompson is participating.
Traino held something of a mini-camp for prospective Team Canada player this week which included Joel Anthony, Tristan Thompson, Kris Joseph, Cory Joseph, Robert Sacre, and Andrew Nicholson. Tyler Ennis, one of the top college prospects, also took part and could be a key part of a 2016 Canadian team vying for a spot in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
Traino and Nash are hoping to secure three-year commitments from Canada’s top stars. To that point, Traino added the following according to Hoopsworld:
“Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.
“If we’re going to be successful guys are going to commit. The fact that they’re here working as hard as they are right now speaks volumes to their commitment. We’re going to have to decide as a staff which players we want to move forward and be part of our commitment to the program.”
I have not heard whether or not Tristan plans to offer his three-year commitment to Traino and Nash’s program, but it’s certainly a good sign for Canada that he’s involved this week.