Australia’s Nick Kay, former Metro State standout, set to take on Team USA in Olympic basketball semifinals

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When Australia takes connected Team USA successful the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hoops tournament, Colorado’s going to person practice from some teams.

While the U.S. has now-former Nuggets halfway JaVale McGee connected its roster, the Boomers person powerfulness guardant Nick Kay, who starred for the Metro State Roadrunners from 2011-15. The victor of the crippled — acceptable for 10:45 p.m. MT Wednesday — volition beforehand to the gold-medal circular against the victor of Slovenia and France.

The 6-foot-9 Kay has been an integral unit for Australia, which is vying for its first-ever Olympic men’s hoops medal. He leads the squad successful rebounds (7.3) and is 2nd successful points (13.3) to Patty Mills (20.8). He is besides averaging 3 assists and shooting 61.1% from the field.

Australia bushed the Americans, 91-83, successful a affable crippled July 12 successful Las Vegas. Kay scored 8 points and grabbed 9 boards successful 25 minutes of action.

Kay, 29, isn’t the archetypal Metro State prima to look connected the Australian Olympic team. Center Mark Worthington (2001-05) and guardant David Barlow (2002-03) were members of some the 2008 and ’12 teams.

The Roadrunners person had a pipeline to the onshore down nether since the Mike Dunlap era. Now an adjunct manager for the Milwaukee Bucks, Dunlap had coached the Adelaide 36ers successful Australia’s National Basketball League anterior to taking implicit Metro State’s program.

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