By Chris Ramirez
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London will have several amateurs from the NCAA are expected to play for their respective countries. The following players are on preliminary rosters of qualified teams. The NBA will push for the Olympics to propose an under-23 format similar to the one soccer uses to prevent its stars from playing all year round.
Great Britain – Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston) – The 6-1 guard competed for his country in the 2011 qualifying events and is hoping to be a contributing backup guard for Great Britain. This past season as a junior, Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game while leading the College of Charleston to a 19-12 overall record. The Cougars’ point guard was a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award as he consistently displayed his excellent ball handling and passing skills while also serving as a viable scoring option.