Odessa’s Aaron Doornekamp looks to help Canada’s men’s basketball qualify for Olympics

Aaron Doornekamp (back row, fifth from left) has been named to Team Canada's men's basketball Olympic qualifier roster. Photo from Canada Basketball Twitter.

Adam Prudhomme

Odessa’s Aaron Doornekamp is among 12 players tasked with getting Canada’s senior men’s basketball team to the Olympics.

Doornekamp was included in the final roster, which was announced today, just ahead of the last-chance qualifier tournament, which runs June 29-July 4 in Victoria B.C.

Doornekamp is part of a star-studded lineup that includes eight NBA players: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, R.J. Barrett, Luguentz Dort, Cory Joseph, Trey Lyles, Mychal Mulder, Dwight Powell and Andrew Wiggins. The team is coached by Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

Doornekamp, who is listed at 6’7”, most recently played professionally in Spain.

The host Canadians will need to win the six-team tournament in order to qualify for the Tokyo games. They’re looking to become the first Canadian squad to advance to the Olympics since 2000.

Canada opens the tournament at 7:05 p.m. eastern time when they take on Greece. On Wednesday they face off against China, also at 7:05 p.m. eastern. Games will be broadcast on CBC platforms.

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