Indiana Pacers forward/center Myles Turner has been chosen for the USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during training camp in Las Vegas, Nev.
The selection was announced Tuesday. Turner, named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 60 regular-season games, 30 of them starts. The 11th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in the seven-game playoff series loss to Toronto.
Also selected with Turner for USA Basketball Select were Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons, Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings, Kris Dunn of Providence College, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, Jerami Grant of the Philadelphia 76ers, Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets, Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz, Brandon Ingram of Duke, Brice Johnson of North Carolina, Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons, Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Doug McDermott of the Bulls; Emmanuel Mudiay of the Nuggets, Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers, D'Angelo Russell of the Lakers, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, Denzel Valentine of Michigan State, Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat and Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Hornets.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who on Oct. 23, 2015, was named head coach of the USA Basketball Men's National Team for the 2017-20 quadrennium, will oversee the Select Team and Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright will serve as assistant coaches.
“The 2016 USA Basketball Select Team continues to our tradition of featuring some of the game's brightest and most promising young players,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. “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. For many of the Select Team players this is a continuation of their USA Basketball experiences and for others it is an introduction into our pipeline.
“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. Current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players, got their USA National Team start through a Select Team. We're also very excited to get our future national team head coach Gregg Popovich involved this summer. Coach Popovich's coaching success speaks for itself and it will be great to have him be a part of this year's Las Vegas training camp.”
Members of the USA Select Team will train daily with the USA National Team from July 18-21 (12:00-2:00 p.m. PDT) at UNLV's Mendenhall Center. All practices are closed to the public.
The 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon will feature the USA Basketball Men's National Team playing five domestic exhibition games and conducting training camps in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston.
The USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon will feature the USA going against South American rival Argentina on July 22 in Las Vegas.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase exhibition games are on sale now. VIP ticket packages available in select markets. For ticket information visit usab.com/showcase.
The 2016 USA Select Team features eight players who completed their rookie NBA season in 2015-16, nine who wrapped up their second NBA season, three third-year NBA players and five players who are eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.
Booker and Okafor were named to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie first team, while Cauley-Stein, Mudiay, Russell, Turner and Winslow earned All-Rookie second team honors. Additionally, LaVine and Smart earned 2014-15 All-Rookie second team honors, while Oladipo was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team and Zeller earned All-Rookie second team honors.
The 2016 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City Thunder associate head coach Monty Williams.
The 31 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team include Turner’s Pacers teammate Paul George as well as LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.
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