May 21, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Klay Thompson is one of 13 NBA players selected for the 2012 USA Men's Select Team that will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, USA Basketball announced Monday.
Joining Thompson on the 2012 USA Basketball Select squad are: Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic/California); DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs/Pittsburgh); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz/Georgia Tech); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls/USC); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz/Butler); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs/San Diego State); Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks/Harvard); and John Wall (Washington Wizards/Kentucky).
Thompson, who just completed his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors, is one of nine players on the squad with USA Basketball experience, as he captured a gold medal as a member of the 2009 USA U19 National team. He joins three other former Pac-12 basketball student-athletes on the team in California's Ryan Anderson and DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson, both from USC.
The 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson led all rookies with a .414 3-point field goal percentage (111-for-268) and ranked 18th overall amongst all players during the 2011-12 NBA regular season. He was also third amid all rookies for free throw percentage (.868, 79-for-91), fourth in scoring (12.5 ppg) and ninth in minutes played (24.4 mpg).
USA Basketball also announced that serving as co-head coaches of the USA Select Team are 2010 USA Basketball World Championship assistant coach Jay Triano and longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins . Triano, who served for three seasons as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, helped coach the 2007 and 2008 USA Select Teams. Hopkins, who recently completed his 15th season as an assistant for the Orange, has served as a court coach at the USA Basketball National Team training camps in 2006 and 2010, and was a court coach at USA Basketball's 2000 U20 National Team and 2001 U21 World Championship Team trials.
"The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men's National Team's training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we'll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our National Team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.
"Being chosen for the Select Team is quite an honor, and it's an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball's National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team finalists like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Iguodala, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team."
Members of the USA Select Team will assemble in Las Vegas and conduct a training session July 5, then train with the USA National Team July 6-11 (noon-3 p.m. PDT). All practices will take place at UNLV's Mendenhall Center.