Rivard, McNally '12 to play nine exhibition games in China (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current Harvard men's basketball student-athlete Laurent Rivard and alum Oliver McNally '12 are headed to China this month to compete in a "Four Nations" tournament featuring an All-Star team from the USA, the Canadian Developmental National Team, the Chinese National Team and the Latvian National Team.
The teams will play a round-robin style tournament in three cities in China beginning with six games in the Chongqing City area. The tournament will then move on to the Wuqi District of Yanan City for the final three contests.
Rivard and his Canadian teammates will be using the tournament as a tune-up for the World University Games, set to take place July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. He will be joined on the squad by Mangisto Arop, Jordan Bachynski, Murphy Burnatowski, Justin Edwards, Melvin Ejim, Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, Owen Klassen, Daniel Mullings, Grant Mullins, Kevin Pangos, Dwight Powell, Philip Scrubb, Thomas Scrubb and Kyle Wiltjer.
Rivard, a captain for this past season's Ivy League champions, has helped guide Harvard to three straight conference titles and two straight NCAA tournament appearances. The Crimson earned its first win in the NCAA tournament this past year with a 68-62 victory over New Mexico in the second round, thanks in large part to a 17-point outburst from Rivard. The rising senior averaged 10.3 ppg on 40.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Rivard ranks second in program history with 207 career three-pointers, just 13 makes shy of Dan Clemente's '01 program record of 220. His 80 triples this past season were the most in single-season history while his career 40.3 percent clip from long range ranks third. The Saint-Bruno, Que., native will enter his senior season with 953 career points, looking to become the 29th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club.
In addition to McNally, the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars are comprised of Isaac Butts, Robert Crawford, Mike Davis, Jason Conrad, Roger Franklin, Mike Moore, Jonathan Morse, Derek Needham, Derrick Rodgers and Devin Sweetney.
McNally spent this past season playing for the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada along with Sweetney and Butts. The Miracles finished their campaign in second place of their conference and advanced to Round 2 of the NBL of Canada Playoffs. McNally saw action in 46 of the team's 47 games, including 42 starts, averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 6.5 apg.
A two-time captain of the Crimson during his junior and senior seasons, McNally helped Harvard win back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2011 and 2012. During his senior campaign, he averaged 7.3 ppg, aiding the Crimson's run to its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946. Harvard won a school record 26 games that season and achieved its first national ranking.
McNally, a native of San Francisco, Calif., stands first in Harvard history with 118 games played and is second in team history in career free-throw shooting (.860, 282-of-328). As a junior in 2010-11, McNally was second in the nation in foul shooting, sinking 92.6 percent of his free throws (100-of-108).