USA Basketball National Team Mini-Camp Opens July 23 In Las Vegas
-- Mini-Camp To Be Highlighted By July 25 USA Basketball Showcase --
July 20, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Twenty-three of the top young NBA talents will assemble Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the July 23-25 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp.
|The USA Basketball Showcase, which is being held July 25, 8 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, features the participants in the USA National Team mini-camp divided into white and blue squads.|
The USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp will feature practice sessions on July 23 and July 24 at Valley High School, and the mini-camp will be capped by the USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intra-squad game, on Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. (PDT) at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 USA Basketball Showcase, with seats priced at $10 to $75. Tickets can be purchased through www.UNLVtickets.com or 702-739-FANS.
|Kevin Durant (above) and Derrick Rose (below) have collected the past two NBA Rookie of the Year awards.|
USA Basketball today announced that 2009 NBA All-Rookie second team selection Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers / Indiana) and Warriors forward Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors / LSU) had been added to the roster of players expected to participate in the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp. Additionally, it was announced that Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers / New Mexico) and David Lee (New York Knicks / Florida) will attend the mini-camp but will not actively participate in any of the squad's training or in the USA Basketball Showcase, while previously announced participants LaMarcus Aldridge, Trevor Ariza, Glen Davis and Brandon Roy will not attend the mini-camp.
Attending the July 22-25 mini- camp are D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats / Texas); Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers / Arizona); Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz / Arkansas); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut); Gordon; Granger; Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder / Georgetown); Blake Griffin (University of Oklahoma); Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets / Wisconsin); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers / Arizona); Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz / Creighton); Lee; Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets / Stanford); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA); O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies / USC); Paul Millsap (Utah Jazz / Louisiana Tech); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers / Ohio State); Randolph; Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls / Memphis); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks / Oak Hill Academy, Va.); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA); and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers / Georgia Tech).
Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano, Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin, Detroit Pistons assistant Dave Cowens, former New Orleans Hornets assistant Kenny Gattison, and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Jerry Sichting, will serve as the staff for the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp.
-While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA National Team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven't been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously. Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program. As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible," said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Twenty of the expected mini-camp participants have prior USA Basketball team experience, including Bayless, Durant, Green, Harris, Iguodala, Lee, Mayo, Rose and Russell were all members of the 2007 or 2008 USA Basketball Select Team that trained with and scrimmaged against the 2008 USA National Team in Las Vegas.
The mini-camp list of attendees also features numerous 2008-09 NBA award winners.
Chicago Bulls rookie guard Rose was selected the recipient of the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year award, while Mayo, Lopez, Westbrook, Gordon and Love ranked second through sixth in the award voting in 2009. Durant won the award in 2008. Claiming 2009 NBA All-Rookie first team honors were Rose, Mayo, Westbrook and Lopez, second team distinction went to Gordon, Love and Augustin, and Oden also received votes for All-Rookie team honors.
Granger was named the NBA Most Improved Player for 2008-09, while Harris, Durant, and Millsap finished second through fourth in the voting, and Lee (7th) and Young (9th) ranked among the top 10 vote getters. In the NBA Sixth Man Award voting, Millsap received votes for the honor.
USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Program
USA Basketball initiated its historic men's national team program in 2005 and capped the 2005-2008 quad competitions with a marvelous gold medal run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
USA Basketball's National Team program during the three-year period between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record and just as importantly reestablished the USA team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA squad culminated the quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA's first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program's first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
Over the course of the next four summers, USA Basketball Men's National Team will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship (Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Turkey); if necessary the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (July 26-Aug. 12 in London, England).