Fred VanVleet appears to be on the verge of joining some elite company.
According to Doug Smith of The Toronto Star, the Toronto Raptors point guard is set to be named to USA Basketball’s 60-player pool ahead of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
While he’s a longshot to survive the nation’s cuts as it trims its roster to 12, it likely signifies the U.S., which has captured gold at the last three Games, holds the 26-year-old from Rockford, Ill., in high esteem.
Unsurprisingly, per Smith, Vanvleet will be joined by a familiar face — Raptors teammate Kyle Lowry, who was part of the 2016 gold-winning team in Rio.
VanVleet has continued his ascent up the NBA ranks from undrafted free agent to among the elite point guards in the game.
After signing a four-year, $85-million deal with the Raptors in the off-season, he is posting career-highs in points (19.1), rebounds (4.5), minutes (36.2), field-goal attempts (16.6) and three-pointers (nine).
According to The Associated Press, USA Basketball is expected to release the player-pool roster in the coming weeks.
The NBA has stated the last possible date for the Finals would be July 22, just one day before the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Games.