Team To Train With USA Men’s National Team July 28-31 In Las Vegas
CHARLOTTE, NC July 22, 2014 – USA Basketball today announced that Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller is one of 13 players to be chosen for the 2014 USA Men’s Select team that will train July 28-31 with the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas.
Zeller, who was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, played in all 82 games for Charlotte last season, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. He ranked sixth among NBA rookies in field goal percentage (.426, 172-404), tied for sixth in rebounding, seventh in free-throw percentage (.730) and tied for 13th in scoring. Zeller was the only Charlotte player to appear in all 82 games and one of only two rookies in the NBA to do so. Over the season’s final 27 games, he averaged 8.0 points on .518 shooting (71-137) and 4.9 rebounds, scoring in double figures 11 times during that stretch.
“As an organization, we’re excited that Cody has been selected by USA Basketball as one of 13 top young NBA players to comprise the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho. “This is a great opportunity for Cody to gain invaluable experience practicing with some of the best basketball players in our country and will only help in his continued development as a player.”
Along with Zeller, the 12 other players named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); and Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers).
“USA Basketball’s Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. “Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
“Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team.”
Members of the USA Select Team will assemble in Las Vegas and train with the USA National Team July 28-31 (12:00-3:00 p.m. PDT). All practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The 2014 Select Team features five players who completed their rookie NBA season in 2013-14, three who wrapped up their second NBA season, two three-year NBA players and two players who will make their NBA debut in 2014-14.
Since the development of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2006, USA Basketball has selected and utilized four USA Select teams to help the USA National teams prepare for its major international competitions.
USA National Team members who are confirmed to participate in the 2014 Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors.
The 2014-16 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 USA Basketball and Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at www.usabasketball.com.
2014 USA Basketball Select Team
NAME POS HGT WGT DOB NBA TEAM / COLLEGE
Harrison Barnes F 6-8 210 5/30/92 Golden State Warriors / North Carolina
Trey Burke G 6-1 190 11/12/92 Utah Jazz / Michigan
Jimmy Butler G 6-7 220 9/14/89 Chicago Bulls / Marquette
Draymond Green F 6-7 229 3/04/90 Golden State Warriors/Michigan State
Tim Hardaway Jr. G 6-6 205 3/16/92 New York Knicks / Michigan
Tobias Harris F 6-9 235 7/15/92 Orlando Magic / Tennessee
Doug McDermott F 6-8 225 1/03/92 Chicago Bulls / Creighton
Victor Oladipo G 6-4 215 5/04/92 Orlando Magic / Indiana
Mason Plumlee F 6-11 235 3/05/90 Brooklyn Nets / Duke
Miles Plumlee C 6-11 255 9/01/88 Phoenix Suns / Duke
Marcus Smart G 6-4 220 3/06/94 Boston Celtics / Oklahoma State
Dion Waiters G 6-4 225 12/10/91 Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse
Cody Zeller C 7-0 240 10/05/92 Charlotte Hornets / Indiana
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