The third-year forward for the Los Angeles Lakers Kyle Kuzma opened up about his decision to represent his country in the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup:

Per Bleacher Report: “I just want it all. I want a lot of accomplishments in my career, and I think this is a good steppingstone. For me, it’s an opportunity I can’t let slip by. I was never a top recruit, didn’t really have that USA badge or All-American badge like some guys do.

I have a chance to represent my country, so I’m not going to take it for granted. A lot of players they always say when they come back from USA, they have career years and they’re just more confident, more poised,” Kuzma said.

This past season, the 24-year-old averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.