TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The busy summer of former Florida State Women’s Basketball center Adut Bulgak just got busier: The two-time All-American and current New York Liberty center has been invited to the Canadian Women’s National Team Phase 1 camp at Saville Community Centre in Edmonton from May 21-30.
The 6-foot-4 center will get a shot at playing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, if she can make the Canadian National Team. Bulgak is one of 24 athletes invited to the camp, as well as one of five invitees playing in the WNBA.
The other Canadian players in the WNBA include Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever), Nirra Fields (Phoenix Mercury), Ruth Hamblin (Dallas Wings) and Jamie Weisner (Connecticut Sun).
The Canadian Women’s National Team already clinched a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games by winning the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship also played in Edmonton. Canada has been placed in the Group B stage alongside the United States, Senegal and Serbia. Two more countries must qualify in the group this summer.
May 21 will begin the first phase of training before a team is nominated to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour that begins June 1-9. In that time span Canada would play two games in Spain vs. Spain (June 4) and Cuba (June 5), followed by three games in France vs. France (June 7), Australia (June 8) and China (June 9).
Bulgak has been part of a whirlwind offseason in which she was taken in the first round by the Liberty in the WNBA Draft held April 14. She went back and forth between attending team camp in New York and finishing her degree in Sociology at Florida State.
Bulgak’s WNBA preseason began with a strong 17-point, 12-rebound performance against the Chicago Sky on May 1, followed by another preseason game vs. the Minnesota Lynx on May 5. Before that, Bulgak returned to Tallahassee to walk in her graduation ceremony on April 30.
The Florida State alum has spent each of the last two summers on the Canadian Development Team, leading Canada to a silver medal at last year’s World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. She averaged 15.5 points in the tournament and was second among all players with 10.7 rebounds.
Canada has become a force in the women’s game, rising to ninth in the latest FIBA World Rankings. Should Bulgak make it through the first phase of training camp, the second phase goes from June 26-July 8 in Edmonton.
The Summer Olympic Games for women’s basketball begin Aug. 5-21. Brazilian Standard Time is only one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.