Caro’s Asselin makes Dominican Republic National Team

LEXINGTON, KY — In April, Wynn Michalak fell just short of earning a spot on the US National Wrestling team, where he would have represented Caro, Central Michigan University and the United States of America at the 2012 Summer games in London.
Even though Michalak’s Olympic dreams have been put on hold for four years, another Caro graduate will be taking his crack at qualifying for the summer games.
Tiger alumni and former University of Michigan forward Josh Asselin has landed a spot on the 15-man roster of the Dominican Republic National Team, which is coached by University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
Asselin and the Dominican Republic squad will attempt to qualify for next month’s Olympic games during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which begins on July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela. As a member of the Assigna Manresa basketball team in Spain’s Endesa League, the 6’11 Asselin averaged 12.7 points for his squad, helping them to a 12th place finish in what www.eurobasket.com considers “the toughest domestic competition outside of the NBA.” According to his professional profile on the same website, Asselin holds citizenship in both the United States and the Dominican Republic. In his four years with the Wolverines, Asselin averaged 7.3 points in 121 games from 1997-2001. At the end of his career, Asselin also sat at fifth on Michigan’s all-time shots blocked list.
Since his departure from the states, Asselin has had stints with leagues in Spain, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine.
Also earning a roster slot on the Dominican team is Al Horford, a former member of the University of Florida basketball team and a graduate of Grand Ledge High School. Horford was the No. 3 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft.
The Dominicans will begin their training at the University of Kentucky, where Calipari is the head coach of the men’s basketball program. Training will then be completed at the Centrobasket in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 18-24.

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