It’s unlikely that Jaime Jaquez Jr. Will represent Mexico in OQT

Heat guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. said Friday that he is unlikely to represent Mexico at the 2024 Olympic qualifying tournament to be held July 2-7 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A native of California, Jaquez made his first appearance with the Mexican national team as a dual citizen at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. He has also participated in mini-camps with USA Basketball at the youth level.

The 23-year-old has not ruled out representing Mexico again at international level, although that is unlikely to happen this year, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

Eight teams have already qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games. The remaining four spots in the field of twelve teams are reserved for the winners of the qualifying tournaments, which will also take place in Greece, Latvia and Spain.

Mexico is one of six teams participating in the qualifying tournament in San Juan, along with Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Italy, Lithuania and Puerto Rico. The team will compete against Lithuania (July 2) and Ivory Coast (July 4) in the group stage.

The men, who have made seven Olympic appearances, last qualified for the 1976 Games. The team won one medal after taking home the bronze in 1936.