McDermott is one of 30 players to accept an invitation to attend the camp. The players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24, and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25 at 8 pm CT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus. All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.
"It will be a great opportunity for me to play against some of the elite young NBA players and learn from some of the best coaches," said McDermott.
McDermott returned home on Thursday morning after two weeks in Kazan, Russia with Team USA's World University Games team. He paced the American squad in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8 mpg.). McDermott served as a co-captain on that squad, which finished 6-2 and took ninth place in the 24-team field. His 14.9 points per game were the highest by a US player at the WUG since 2005 (Shelden Williams), and he joined Mitch Richmond (1987) as the only American to ever lead a WUG team in field goals, three-pointers and free throws.
Other players expected to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp 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), George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), John Wall (Washington Wizards), and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers). McDermott and Barnes were teammates at Ames (Iowa) High School.
Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
All told, 21 of the 30 players listed on the 2013 mini-camp roster own USA Basketball experience, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Davis. The roster also features the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, Davis (2012), Irving (2011) and Wall (2010), and the last two NBA Rookie of the Year selections, Lillard (2013) and Irving (2012).
Nine players – Cousins, DeRozan, Favors, George, Gibson, Hayward, Holiday, Irving and Thompson, were all members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team during its July 6-11 training in Las Vegas.
Twenty-eight of the 30 players have a wide range of NBA experience. Conley, with six NBA seasons under his belt, has the most; three (Anderson, Hill, Jordan) possess five; four have four seasons (DeRozan, Gibson, Holiday, Lawson); seven are three-year veterans (Cousins, Favors, George, Hayward, Monroe, Sanders, Wall); six are second year pros (Faried, Irving, Parsons, Thompson, Walker); eight just completed their rookie campaign (Barnes, Beal, Davis, Drummond, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lillard, Waiters, Zeller.). Two are still in the collegiate ranks (McDermott and Smart).
McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2) and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season at Creighton. The Ames, Iowa, product led the nation with 284 field goals made and 834 points during a campaign that saw him shoot 54.8 percent from the field, 49.0 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent at the line. In the process, he became the eighth player league history to win back-to-back MVC Player of the Year accolades, and is the second to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the MVC Tournament twice.
McDermott already owns Creighton records for points (2,216), field goals (811) and three-point percentage (.464), and has also set single-season marks for points (834), three-point percentage (49.0%) and field goals (307) during his time on The Hilltop.
Creighton joined the BIG EAST Conference on July 1 and returns four starters from last year's team that finished 28-8 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where it fell to Krzyzewski's Duke team.
Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can be purchased by calling (702) 739-FANS or on-line at UNLVtickets.com.
USA Basketball Men's National Team
On May 23, 2013, Colangelo officially announced that Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski would return to lead the USA National Team for 2013-16.
Over the course of the 2013-16 quad, USA Men’s National Teams will conduct a team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, and just as importantly, reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.
Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); women’s FIBA U19 World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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