Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan was named to the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team on Monday.
The 13-member squad will assemble in Las Vegas and conduct a training session July 5, then practise with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team from July 6-11 ahead of the London Olympics.
DeRozan averaged 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds during the 2011-12 season with Toronto. He played on the 2008 USA Junior National Select Team that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit.
“The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men’s National Team’s training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we’ll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our National Team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a release.
USA Basketball also announced Raptors vice-president of pro scouting Jay Triano will serve as co-head coach of the USA Select Team.
The former Raptors head coach served as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team at the 2010 World Championship. Triano was also an assistant coach for the 2007 and 2008 USA Basketball Select Teams.
Also picked Monday were: Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Jeremy Lin (New York), John Wall (Washington), Ryan Anderson (Orlando), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Paul George (Indiana), Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair (San Antonio), Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favours (Utah), Taj Gibson (Chicago) and Klay Thompson (Golden State).
Lin’s participation is unclear, as he will be a free agent after his breakout season and may not take part until he signs a new contract during that week.
The U.S. started working against select teams in 2007 before the qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympics, and a number of players have used it as a pipeline toward the national team. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love, all candidates for this year’s U.S. team, were once select team players.
With files from the Associated Press.
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