Wilson, who plays professionally for a team in Barcelona, knows several Croatians from the Spanish League. Because Croatia will not be represented in water polo in the Olympics, its players are eligible to compete for a unified Yugoslav team. But Wilson said that he believes they will reject that option.
"If they can't play for Croatia, they don't want to play," he said.
Yugoslavia is still considered a gold-medal contender. But the United States, with the 35-year-old Wilson in goal for his third Olympics, or host Spain probably will be the favorite. Even at full strength, the Yugoslavs lost in overtime to the U.S for the 1991 World Cup championship.