Three Bruins To Participate In USA Basketball National Team Mini-Camp
June 25, 2009
Three UCLA alums are among twenty-five top rising NBA players have accepted invitations from USA Basketball to participate in the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp that will be conducted July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev. The selections were announced by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Ariza started on coach Ben Howland's first UCLA team (2003-04) before leaving after his freshman year for the NBA. Love earned consensus All-America honors in 2007-08 as a freshman and was the No. 5 selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. Westbrook played two years for the Bruins, enjoying a stellar sophomore season in 2007-08. He was the No. 4 selection in the 2008 NBA Draft.
The July USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp will feature practice sessions on July 23 and July 24 at Valley High School, and the mini-camp will be capped by the USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intra-squad game, on Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. (PDT) at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Accepting an invitation to attend the July 22-25 mini- camp were:LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers / Texas);Trevor Ariza (Los Angeles Lakers / UCLA); D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats / Texas);Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers / Arizona);Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz / Arkansas);Glen Davis (Boston Celtics / LSU);Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas);Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut);Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers / New Mexico);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);David Lee (New York Knicks / Florida);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);Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers / Washington);Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks / Oak Hill Academy, Va.); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA); andThaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers / Georgia Tech).
USA Basketball announced on May 21 that Toronto Raptors head coachJay Triano, Utah Jazz assistant coachTyrone Corbin, Detroit Pistons assistantDave Cowens, former New Orleans Hornets assistantKenny Gattison, and innesota Timberwolves assistantJerry Sichting,would serve as the staff for the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp.
'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. 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,' said Colangelo.
Twenty-one of the expected 25 mini-camp participants have prior USA Basketball team experience.