USA Basketball has released the names for the Men's Select Team that gets to compete with the NBA's best -- the players that will be named to Team USA's Olympic team. The group of 25 players picked will play against/train with Team USA in July.
Making the cut is a big deal, and even more rare if you're a player who's just come out of college. Only five players who starred last year in college hoops that made the list:
- Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
- Kris Dunn (Providence)
- Brandon Ingram (Duke)
- Brice Johnson (North Carolina)
- Denzel Valentine (Michigan State )
The entire Men's Select Team:
|Gary Harris||Nuggets||Michigan State|
|Brice Johnson||N/A||North Carolina|
|CJ McCollum||Trail Blazers||Lehigh|
|D'Angelo Russell||Lakers||Ohio State|
|Marcus Smart||Celtics||Oklahoma State|
|Denzel Valentine||N/A||Michigan State|
Villanova coach Jay Wright will be an assistant for this team, serving under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich will take over for Team USA after Duke's Mike Krzyzewski fulfills his final duty this year, when he coaches the team at the Olympics in Rio.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has been an assistant under Krzyzewski in recent years for the men's national team.
Krzyzewski's influence is reflected on this team, with five former Duke players on the roster - Hood, Ingram, Okafor, Parker and Winslow.
Via USA Basketball, here's who made this year's Select Team that has previous experience representing the United States in international competition.
- National Team Minicamp: McDermott (2013), Smart (2013)
- Select Team: McDermott (2014), Smart (2014), Zeller (2014)
- Pan American Games: Brogdon (2015/Bronze), Valentine (2015/Bronze)
- World University Games: McDermott (2013)
- U19 World Championship: Gordon (2013/Gold), McDermott (2011), Okafor (2013/Gold), Smart (2013), Winslow (2013/Gold)
- U18 Championship: Grant (2012 /Gold), Stanley Johnson (2014/Gold), Randle (2012/Gold), Turner (2014/Gold), Smart (2012/Gold), Winslow (2014/Gold)
- U17 World Championship: Stanley Johnson (2013/Gold), Okafor (2012/Gold), Parker (2012/Gold), Winslow (2012/Gold)
- U16 Championship: Gordon (2011/Gold), Stanley Johnson (2011/Gold), Okafor (2011/Gold), Parker (2011/Gold)
- Nike Hoop Summit: Gordon (2013), Harris (2012), Ingram (2015), Stanley Johnson (2014), Okafor (2014), Parker (2013), Randle (2013), Turner (2014), Winslow (2014)
- Junior National Team: Gordon (2010-12), Stanley Johnson (2010-13), Okafor (2010-13), Parker (2010-12), Turner (2013), Winslow (2010-12)