DeMar DeRozan’s summer just got a little busier with the news that the shooting guard has been added to USA Basketball’s Olympic Select Roster.
Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Chairman (and father of Raptors President and GM Bryan Colangelo) announced the addition of DeRozan to the roster of up-and-coming American players during Monday’s edition of the FAN 590’s Prime Time Sports (around the 7:10 mark).
The benefits for the Compton native — who averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and two assists per contest in his third full season with the Raptors — are two-fold. In the here and now, DeRozan gets and incredible opportunity to train with and scrimmage against finalists for U.S. Men’s team heading to the London Games later this summer, which includes Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Andre Iguodala at the shooting guard position.
The other advantage is the potential to use the Select Team as a showcase and potential springboard to final rosters of future U.S. Men’s teams attending the FIBA World Cup (formerly the World Championship) and/or Summer Games.
Look no further than the 2008 Select Team for proof. Iguodala, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook were all on that team and only Aldridge wasn’t on the 2010 Worlds squad that took home gold for the Americans. All six of those players were named to the pool of finalists for London, with Rose the only player who’s been ruled out due to his recent ACL tear.
This year’s full Select Team roster has yet to be officially announced but reports have suggested John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Kyrie Irving could be among those also named to the squad. USA Basketball’s National Team training camp is scheduled to open in Las Vegas on July 6th.