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UCF basketball freshman standout Adonys Henriquez is headed to the Caribbean, where he will begin training to compete for the Dominican Republic National Team in the Pan American Games.

"I'm really excited to have this opportunity," Henriquez said in a press release. "I can't wait to play with the other guys on the Dominican team and head to Toronto to take on the other countries at the Pan Am Games."

The Pan Am Games consist of 41 countries from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. The 17th installment of the Games will take place July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada, and the men's basketball tournament runs July 21-25, with a field of eight countries, including the United States.

According to the release, Henriquez, an Orlando native, is allowed to play on the Dominican Republic's national team because his parents are both from the country. He is also a member of the country's Under-25 team.

"It's always a great honor for a young man to play for his country," head coach Donnie Jones said in a press release. "We are very proud and excited for Adonys to have this opportunity to compete at the Pan American Games."

The Dominican Republic team will be led by USF head coach Orlando Antigua.

Henriquez earned the honor after playing in and starting 30 games for the Knights as a freshman last season. He led the team in minutes, averaging 35 per game and was second in scoring with 10.8 points per game.

The Dominican Republic tips off against the host Canadian squad July 21 at 6 p.m.

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Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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