This is technically an off-year for USA Basketball, which has no major qualifying tournaments to attend. But as part of its commitment to maintain a proper basketball program and thus remain better prepared for future competitions, USA Basketball will field its customary mini-camp to introduce new players to the organization while further evaluating some familiar faces from previous Select teams.
None of the biggest names or first-team participants will be in the mix, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski have tabbed 27 up-and-coming players to participate in this summer's camp, held July 22-25 in Las Vegas:
Anthony Davis**, New Orleans Pelicans
Gordon Hayward*, Utah Jazz
Jrue Holiday*, Philadelphia 76ers
Kyrie Irving*, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Klay Thompson*, Golden State Warriors
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Wall*, Washington Wizards
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers
* Member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team
** Member of the 2012 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team player pool
"This year is an important first step in the rebuilding of the USA national team roster for the 2014-16 international competitions," Colangelo said. "[W]e believe we have compiled a roster of not only outstanding basketball talents, but individuals who will represent the United States in the manner we expect."