Moe Harkless to play for Puerto Rico in FIBA World Cup
While the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation had previously announced that Maurice Harkless would be joining them for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Moe officially made his own announcement on Twitter today.
I am honored to be joining the Puerto Rican National Team this summer in the @FIBA basketball World Cup! Vamos Puerto Rico!
— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) January 30, 2014
Moe, born and raised in New York, has a Puerto Rican mother and a middle name of “Jose”. Story checks out.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to play for the National Team of Puerto Rico,” said Moe Harkless. “I look forward to playing alongside these men and helping win games on an international level. It is an added bonus that I get to play for my extended family. I hope to make them and the people of Puerto Rico proud,” via the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation.
While the 20-year old Harkless has struggled to get consistent minutes in his second NBA season with the Orlando Magic, his presence will certainly make a big impact for Puerto Rico. The FIBA World Cup will be played in August in Spain.
If Canada (FIBA ranked #25 – without Andrew Wiggins/Tyler Ennis/Anthony Bennett) is awarded one of the four wild card spots, Harkless would likely be joined at the FIBA World Cup by teammate Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson was a key member of Team Canada at the 2013 World Championships, which saw the team deliver a disappointing 6th place finish – which failed to automatically qualify for the World Cup. Nicholson was the 2nd leading scorer for the team, behind Cory Joseph and ahead of Tristan Thompson.