TORONTO -- First-round NBA draft pick Cory Joseph is joining Canada's national team ahead of the 2011 FIBA Americas men's championship in Argentina.
The former Texas star announced his decision Wednesday, saying he was excited to "represent Canada as best as I can."
The native of Pickering, Ontario, was taken 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in June.
He will join the team for the second phase of its summer program, which gets starts Friday at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Joseph averaged 10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and three assists per game last season as a freshman with the Longhorns, getting named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.