Kansas State guard Selton Miguel is the latest Big 12 men’s basketball player to take his shot at playing in the Summer Olympics later this year in Tokyo.
Miguel will play as part of the team representing Angola in the FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania later this month. If Angola can advance out of that tournament, they will qualify for the Olympics.
The K-State sophomore related his experience to this point with kstatesports.com writer Austin Siegel in a story published on Wednesday.
Miguel is the only college player that is part of Angola’s Olympic effort this year. At age 20, he is coming off a freshman season with K-State in which he averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as he played 27.5 minutes per game.
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He hopes to carry that experience into supporting Angola in its first two scheduled games. The first is against Poland on June 29. Then, on June 30, Angola will face Slovenia. The Slovenians have Luka Doncic, the third-year Dallas Mavericks player who was just named First-Team All-NBA for the second time in his career.
Miguel is already overseas in Barcelona, working out with his teammates and preparing for the tournament. He talked with Siegel about the meaning of this opportunity.
“It means a lot. There’s a lot of 20-year-olds who play basketball in my country and play overseas,” Miguel said. “To be the one who’s chosen to be in this position is a blessing.”
Angola has a distinctive place in Olympic history, as the first opponent of the U.S. ‘Dream Team’ when it debuted at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona. The U.S. team blew out the Angolans. But, Angola has not played in the Olympics since a 12th place finish in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. The team failed to qualify in 2012 and 2016. Angola is one of the best national teams on the African continent, having won 11 FIBA Africa Championships.
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