Doug McDermott Added To 2013 USA Basketball Menís National Team Mini-Camp
-- Second Collegian Added To Mini-Camp Roster --
July 18, 2013 ē Colorado Springs, Colorado
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced the addition of Doug McDermott (Creighton University) to the roster of players who will be attending the July 22-25 USA Menís National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev.
USA Basketball Menís National Team mini-camp roster now numbers 30.
The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions
July 22-24 (12:00-2:00 p.m. PDT) and will close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. †All USA practices will take place at UNLVís Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.
Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at www.UNLVtickets.com.
McDermott will arrive at the mini-camp having recently returned from Kazan, Russia, where he was a member of the 2013 USA Menís World University Games Team. The USA finished with a 6-2 record and placed ninth at the competition, and McDermott led the squad in scoring (14.1 points per game), free throw percentage (89.5 percent) and minutes per game (23.8). As a junior in 2012-13, the 6í8Ē forward posted averages of 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while also being named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA and Basketball Times. In April, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year announced that he would return to Creighton for his senior season this fall.
Previously announced players expected to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Menís National Team mini-camp are: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies); 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); George Hill (Indiana Pacers); Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets); Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University); 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 Universityís 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.†
All told, 21 of the 30 players listed on the 2013 mini-camp roster own USA Basketball experience, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Davis. The roster also features the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, Davis (2012), Irving (2011) and Wall (2010), and the last two NBA Rookie of the Year selections, Lillard (2013) and Irving (2012).
Nine players Ė Cousins, DeRozan, Favors, George, Gibson, Hayward, Holiday, Irving and Thompson, were all members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team during its July 6-11 training in Las Vegas.
Twenty-eight of the 30 players have a wide range of NBA experience.† Conley, with six NBA seasons under his belt, has the most; three (Anderson, Hill, Jordan) possess five; four have four seasons (DeRozan, Gibson, Holiday, Lawson); seven are three-year veterans (Cousins, Favors, George, Hayward, Monroe, Sanders, Wall); six are second year pros (Faried, Irving, Parsons, Thompson, Walker); eight just completed their rookie campaign (Barnes, Beal, Davis, Drummond, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lillard, Waiters, Zeller.). Two are still in the collegiate ranks (McDermott and Smart).
USA Basketball Men's National Team
On May 23, 2013, Colangelo officially announced that Duke University Hall of Fame coach Krzyzewski would return to lead the USA National Team for 2013-16.
Over the course of the 2013-16 quad, USA Menís National Teams will conduct a team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, and just as importantly reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USAís 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 programís first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.
Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.