Former Spartan Shay Colley to represent Canada at Paris Olympics

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It has been several years since Shay Colley rocked the green and white of Michigan State women's basketball, but the former Spartan is still playing a large role in the sport she loves.

Colley was named one of the 12 players for the Paris Olympics for Team Canada. It marks Colley's second Olympic Games after she was also a part of the team for the 2020 Toyko Games as well.

Colley spent three seasons playing for Michigan State, with her final season being the 2019-20 campaign. Michigan State women's basketball gave Shay a shoutout via social media.

It will be interesting to see how well Colley and the rest of Team Canada faires as most of the rest of the roster is made up of college players. Young and talented, but there isn't anyone currently on a WNBA roster on the team.

Shay never really got a shot in the WNBA, but has been playing pro ball for Tango Bourges Basketball in France's LFB. So for her to get to play in France at the Olympics should make her feel right at home.

As for getting to play for Team Canada, Colley has always been proud to do so. She spoke about the honor last year with Holly Mackenzie before an exhibition game as they prepared for last fall's FIBA World Cup.

"It never gets old, putting on the Canada Jersey," Colley said.

She is one of the more experienced players for Team Canada, and her leadership will need to present itself in Paris. She certainly had great leadership in her time at Michigan State.

Her junior was huge for the Spartans and I remember her hitting the game-winning shot to beat Central Michigan in the NCAA Tournament that year.

So good luck, Shay. Spartan Nation will be rooting for you.