DeMar DeRozan gave a lot of credit to his experience with the U.S select team last summer as part of his growth as a player last season. Given that, it is good news to learn that DeRozan will be part of the U.S mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 th in Las Vegas.
DeRozan will be one of 27 participants at this mini camp. It is a group made up of the younger stars of the NBA from the U.S.
Accepting invitations along with DeRozan to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp: 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); 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 (Bobcats); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).
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 Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.
Raptors in their history have had Vince Carter, Antonio Davis and Chris Bosh participate for Team U.S.A in the past with Carter winning a gold in Sydney and Bosh winning a gold in 2008 in China.
Given the impression the experience made on DeRozan last summer this has to be viewed as a positive for his development as part of this off-season.
Mike Krzyzewski will run 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
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