Twenty-three of the top young NBA talents will congregate Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nv., for the July 23-25 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp.
The mini-camp consists of practice sessions on July 23 and 24 at Valley High School, with the mini-camp's highlight, the "USA Basketball Showcase," a Blue-White intra-squad game taking place on Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. Pacific at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Today, Team USA announced that 2009 NBA All-Rookie second team selection Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers/Indiana) and Warriors forward Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors/LSU) had been added to the Men's National Team mini-camp roster. Additionally, it was announced that Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers/New Mexico) and David Lee (New York Knicks/Florida) will attend, but will not actively participate. Also, previously announced participants LaMarcus Aldridge, Trevor Ariza, Glen Davis and Brandon Roy will now not attend the mini-camp.
Remaining List of mini-camp attendees
D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats/Texas)
Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers/Arizona)
Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz/Arkansas)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas)
Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies/Connecticut)
Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder/Georgetown)
Blake Griffin (University of Oklahoma)
Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets/Wisconsin)
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers/Arizona)
Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz/Creighton)
Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets/Stanford)
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves/UCLA)
O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies/USC)
Paul Millsap (Utah Jazz/Louisiana Tech)
Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers/Ohio State)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls/Memphis)
Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks/Oak Hill Academy, Va.)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder/UCLA)
Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers/Georgia Tech)
Mini Camp Staff:
Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano
Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin
Detroit Pistons assistant Dave Cowens
Former New Orleans Hornets assistant Kenny Gattison
Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Jerry Sichting
"While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA National Team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven't been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously," said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program. As was the case in 2005-08, the roster for the national team program will be fluid in 2010-2012 and we will make adjustments to the roster each year to help insure we have the strongest program and the strongest teams possible."
Twenty of the expected mini-camp participants have played for the Red, White, and Blue before including: Aldridge, Bayless, Durant, Green, Harris, Iguodala, Lee, Mayo, Rose and Russell. All were members of either the '07 or '08 USA Basketball Select Team that trained with and scrimmaged against the 2008 USA National Team in Vegas.
The mini-camp list features a lot 2008-09 NBA award winners. Chicago Bulls rookie guard Rose was selected the recipient of the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year award, while Mayo, Lopez, Westbrook, Gordon and Love ranked second through sixth in the award voting in 2009. Durant won the award in 2008. Claiming 2009 NBA All-Rookie first team honors were Rose, Mayo, Westbrook and Lopez. Second-team distinction went to Gordon, Love and Augustin, and Oden.
Granger was named the NBA Most Improved Player for 2008-09, while Harris, Durant, and Millsap finished second through fourth in the voting, and Lee (7th) and Young (9th) ranked among the top-10 vote getters. In the NBA Sixth Man Award polling, Millsap received votes for the honor.
It's a little strange how there are so many mocks with varying opinions of Derek Barnett where some have him as a top 10 pick, others falling outside, others have him sliding to the 20's and yet he was graded almost the same as Myles Garrett and everyone has Garrett going Top 3. I personally have Barnett as the best EDGE in the draft, and can see the case being made for either of them being Top 3 selections in my opinion. I can see Cleveland trading out of the spot again. Just strange how the opinions of Barnett vary with no solid reason as to why except "he may not produce at an NFL level the way he did in college" which is a weak argument cause I mean... isn't that true with every prospect? Has Jadeveon Clowney produced like he has in college? Nothing is a sure thing...