Five Blue Devils Land On USA Select Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five former Duke standouts, including two members of the Blue Devils’ 2015 national championship team, were selected for the 25-man USA Men’s Select Team that will train with the USA Men’s National Team in July in Las Vegas, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five former Duke standouts, including two members of the Blue Devils’ 2015 national championship team, were selected for the 25-man USA Men’s Select Team that will train with the USA Men’s National Team in July in Las Vegas, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

 

Duke’s five players – Rodney Hood, Brandon Ingram, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Justise Winslow – are the most of any school represented on the team. Previous Duke players to be named to USA Men’s Select Teams include J.J. Redick (2007), Nolan Smith (2010), Kyle Singler (2010) and Kyrie Irving (2012), who is currently a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.

 

The USA Men’s Select Team will be coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who was named head coach of the USA Men’s National Team for the 2017-20 quadrennium in October.

 

“The 2016 USA Basketball Select Team continues our tradition of featuring some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players,” USA Basketball National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “Participation in this camp provides them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level, while helping prepare the 2016 USA National Team for its upcoming international competition. Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and it is an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future.”

 

Hood had one of the breakout sophomore seasons in the NBA in 2015-16, averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He was selected for the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend, a year after the Utah Jazz made him their first-round draft pick. Hood was named a captain at Duke before playing in a game for the Blue Devils, having transferred from Mississippi State. In 2013-14, his lone season of action at Duke, he averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.

 

A second-team All-ACC selection and the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year, Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. In addition to earning honorable mention All-America accolades from the AP, Ingram was also named the third USBWA Freshman All-American in Duke history, alongside Parker (2014) and Okafor (2015).

 

One of the nation’s most versatile players, Ingram was the first freshman and only the second player – along with Shane Battier – in Duke history to make at least 80 three-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season.

 

Ingram, who previously represented the U.S. at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, was the lone player named to the USA Select Team who was a freshman in the 2015-16 college basketball season.

 

The third overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds to earn first-team NBA All-Rookie honors this season. He ranked second among rookies in scoring, while also ranking third among first-year players in rebounds and fourth in both double-doubles (11) and blocks (1.2).

 

In 2015, Okafor was a unanimous first-team All-American, the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and the first freshman ever to win ACC Player of the Year after averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds to help Duke in its fifth national championship.

 

Okafor owns three international gold medals representing USA Basketball and was a member of the USA Junior National Team from 2010-13.

 

Parker was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, and established himself as one of the league’s brightest young stars with averages of 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 2015-16. He was a consensus first-team All-American and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year in 2014 after averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in his lone season at Duke.

 

Parker won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2017 FIBA U17 World Championship. He was a member of the USA Junior National Team from 2010-12.

 

Winslow helped lead the Miami Heat to the Eastern Conference semis as a rookie, averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 78 regular season games en route to earning second-team NBA All-Rookie honors. The 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, he averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13 playoff games.

 

He averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting .418 from three-point range, in one season at Duke, helping lead the Blue Devils to the 2015 NCAA title.

 

Winslow has helped USA Basketball win three gold medals at youth tournaments and was a member of the USA Junior National Team from 2010-12.

 

Members of the USA Select Team will train daily with the USA National Team from July 18-21. All practices are closed to the public.

 

2016 USA Men’s Select Team

Malcom Brogdon (Virginia)

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns/Kentucky)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons/Georgia)

Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky)

Kris Dunn (Providence)

Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic/Arizona)

Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers/Syracuse)

Garry Harris (Denver Nuggets/Michigan State)

Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz/Duke)

Brandon Ingram (Duke)

Brice Johnson (North Carolina)

Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons/Arizona)

Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves/UCLA)

CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers/Lehigh)

Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls/Creighton)

Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets)

Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers/Duke)

Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks/Duke)

Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers/Kentucky)

D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers/Ohio State)

Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics/Oklahoma State)

Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers/Texas)

Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)

Justise Winslow (Miami Heat/Duke)

Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets/Indiana)


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