Former Wolves fan favorite Chase Budinger makes Olympics in beach volleyball


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Nov 11, 2008
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Former college basketball standout and seven-year NBA veteran Chase Budinger will head to Paris next month to compete for the United States' beach volleyball team in the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Budinger and partner Miles Evans qualified Wednesday for the U.S. men's team. They are tied for 13th in the most recent world rankings and are the No. 2 U.S. team behind Miles Partain and Andy Benesh, ranked No. 5.

Budinger, 36, grew up playing basketball and volleyball, starring in both at La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, California. A 2006 McDonald's All American in basketball, he also was named Volleyball Magazine's National High School Player of the Year in 2005.

"Most guys, when they finish a sport, they're kind of confused, or they're kind of lost for the next journey," Budinger said on the Sandcast volleyball podcast in 2018. "I was lucky enough to just transition into a different sport immediately and play at the highest level."

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