On Wednesday ,U.S. Basketball announced the list of 27 players that will compete in the minicamp for the U.S. national team. Of the 27 players, three are current members of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was announced in March that guard Kyrie Irving would participate in this event, but now it is known that guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller will join him.
This camp is used as feeder for the team that competes in the Olympic games. It allows players deemed to be potential Olympic stars in the future to get familiar with each other, U.S.A. coaches, and the system in which they will play. Many of the members of the 2012 gold medal team took part in this camp earlier in their career.
The camp will take place in Los Vegas beginning on July 21 and continue until July 25. There will be daily training sessions followed by a intrasquad scrimmage on the final day.
This will be convenient for Waiters and Zeller, who will already be in Los Vegas playing with the Cavaliers' summer league team. Irving impressed last year with the U.S.A. select team that competed against the U.S.A. Olympic team before they left for the games. This will give all three of these players a chance to both improve and impress the coaches moving forward.
The other players who will train and compete are Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets); Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats) and John Wall(Washington Wizards).
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