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Former Gonzaga, WSU basketball players will represent in the Olympics

Former Zag Rui Hachimura will represent Japan and former Coug Aron Baynes will represent Australia.
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Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) shoots during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

When the Olympics start in Tokyo, Japan this year Gonzaga and Washington State University will be represented on the men's basketball teams.

Former Gonzaga star Rui Hachimura will play for Japan's team, former Coug Aron Baynes will play for Australia, and former Zag ira Brown will play for Japan in the inaugural 3x3 tournament in the Olympics.

This will be Hachimura's first Olympics, Baynes and Brown's first.

Hachimura will be the flag bearer for Japan.

Former Gonzaga forwards Domantas Sabonis and Filip Petrusev had a chance to make it to Tokyo with Lithuania and Serbia respectively, but both of their teams lost in the final game needed to qualify.

Former Cougs Ike Iroegbu and Efe Abogidi didn't make the final 12 player roster for Nigeria's national team.