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Karl-Anthony Towns stays committed to the Dominican Republic

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Taking time away from showing off his NBA Rookie of the Year award to the top draft picks ahead of this year's NBA draft, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns answered an important question for ESPN's Max Bretos.

Though born in New Jersey, Towns is Dominican on his mother's side, and has played with the country's junior national team for years, first appearing with the senior team at only sixteen years of age.

Now the island nation can count on his participation in the future, as well. The Dominican Republic didn't qualify for the Olympics in Rio this summer. But the D.R. will aim to take part in the next major international basketball competition, the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. The tournament will expand to 32 teams from the 24 that participated in the most recent edition of the competition, which was won by the United States.

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