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Kyle Lowry to Compete for Team USA in Rio

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-Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

‘Nova Nation will be represented on the basketball court at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.

No, the 2016 National Championship team will not be taking the floor–but former Villanova guard Kyle Lowry will be suiting up in the red, white, and blue next month.

It was announced Thursday afternoon that the Toronto Raptors point guard accepted an invitation to join Team USA for the Olympics.

Lowry is a two-time NBA all-star, earning the distinction in each of the last two seasons. This past season, he enjoyed his best season individually, putting up career-high numbers in points per game (21.2), rebounds per game (4.7), steals per game (2.1), and 3-point shooting percentage (38.8%).

He is the first point guard to accept the invitation to the national team, as Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall each declined the offer. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has yet to make a decision.

This will be Lowry’s first time participating in the Olympic games. So far, you can expect Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson, and Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan as other recent Team USA acceptees to join Lowry on the trip to Brazil.

Earlier this week, Kevin Durant confirmed that he will indeed represent the United States. Paul George, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins are also expected to play.

Lowry played two seasons for Jay Wright from 2004-2006, before leaving early to declare for the NBA Draft. He was drafted in the first round, 24th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his sophomore season, he helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight, before falling to Florida.

So far it seems that the United States has filled 10 of its 12 roster spots for Rio. The finalized roster will be released next week.

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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