If you follow this site’s Twitter account (@philadunkia) then you know that during late August and into September we closely tracked the play of Nik Stauskas for Team Canada on the international basketball circuit. First, Stauskas and Team Canada laced ’em up at the Tuto Marchand Cup in Puerto Rico where Team Canada produced a 4-0 record despite sub-par play from Sam Hinkie’s prized off-season acquisition.
Next, Team Canada traveled to Mexico City for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship event. Something in Mexico must have agreed with Stauskas as the shooting guard found his game South of the Border. His sharp shooting helped push Team Canada to a 6-1 record in preliminary play and an appearance in the tournament’s semi-finals. Thanks to a case of food posioning, Stauskas saw limited action in that semi-final game and Team Canada got upset by Venezuela.
After the jump, I’ll provide you with in depth analysis of Nik’s play for Team Canada that will include insights on Stauskas from a couple of my NBA contacts who watched Team Canada live during the FIBA Americas Championship as well as a Q&A with sports journalists Callum Ng and Ryan Wolstat who both covered Team Canada at the FIBA Americas event.