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Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

Ex-Michigan basketball forward Josh Asselin makes Dominican Republic national team

By Nick Baumgardner

Former Michigan basketball forward Josh Asselin is continuing his longtime international basketball career with the Dominican Republic national team.

Asselin, a Caro native, was listed on the 15-man roster for the club -- which is led by current Kentucky coach John Calipari.


Former Michigan center Josh Asselin battles Illinois' Brian Cook for a loose ball during a 2001 game at Crisler Arena.

Associated Press file photo

The Dominican Republic team will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics next month during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which begins on July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Asselin averaged 7.3 points in 121 games at Michigan from 1997-2001. A four-year letterwinner, the 6-foot-11 center was fifth on Michigan's all-time shots blocked list at the end of his career.

After leaving Michigan, Asselin has enjoyed a lengthy international career that's included stops in Spain, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine. According to his EuroBasket profile, Asselin holds citizenship in both the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Current Michigan forward Jon Horford was also originally listed on the 15-man roster, but will not be a member of the team as it attempts to qualify for the Olympics, according to a Michigan spokesman.

Horford practiced with the team, but the spokesman said to his knowledge, the 6-foot-10 forward will not move forward with the group.

Horford's brother, Al, is a member of the Dominican squad.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Thu, Jun 14, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

the man from caro played hard and was a loyal wolverine while in school. i hope that he gets a great shot on the DR team. good for him.

Jason Walker

Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 12:10 p.m.

Asselin makes the team and Charlie V gets cut. Maybe the Pistons should give Josh a look.


Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

calipari cut charlie cause charlies too fat.