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Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard headline Team USA hopefuls

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Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard headline Team USA hopefuls

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via USA Basketball

 

The best young talent in the USA are invited for Team USA training camp. Some of the hopefuls come as no surprise, while some are recent additions as they have become revelations in the playoffs. Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard, both point guards and rookies of the year, are expected to carry the point guard duties. Some choices are noted for their defense. There are some choices for the center position, a spot Team USA has struggled to fill.

 

Highlighted by 20 players owning USA Basketball experience, including one 2012 Olympic gold medalist and also featuring the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that 27 players have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

 

Accepting invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp were: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes(Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies/Ohio State);DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis(New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz);Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Jrue Holiday(Philadelphia 76ers); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers);DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Ty Lawson(Denver Nuggets); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs);Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe(Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets);Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Klay Thompson(Golden State Warriors); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).

 

 

 

Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

 

 

“The group of players we have assembled for the mini-camp are extremely talented and very versatile. This is an important opportunity for each one of them because we will be evaluating which players will continue to be involved in future USA National Team training camps and teams,” said Colangelo, who has seen USA National teams compile a 62-1 record since taking charge of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005. “Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, and Andre Iguodala were all guys who played in our 2009 mini-camp and went on to play for the 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams that won gold. I’m sure it will not be much different this time around and some of the players involved in this mini-camp will be members of upcoming USA National teams.

 

 

“The majority of these players have prior USA Basketball experience including 10 members of last summer’s USA Select Team that helped prepare the U.S. Olympic Team. This year is an important first step in the rebuilding of the USA National Team roster for the 2014-16 international competitions, and we believe we have compiled a roster of not only outstanding basketball talents, but individuals who will represent the United States in the manner we expect.”

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