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USA Basketball Announces 28 Player Roster

USA Basketball announced its 28 player training camp roster this morning. The training camp will determine who gets to represent the USA in the 2014 World Championships in Spain and then in Rio for the 2016 Olympics. There are 14 names on the list that have already represented the US in the past and 14 new names on the list.

As per ESPN:

Durant and Love committed last summer to playing in this year’s tournament in Spain — which runs from Aug. 30-Sept. 14 — with Harden also expected to join them. Davis is considered another young cornerstone within USAB and is widely seen as another lock to be on the 12-man squad bound for Spain after going to the 2012 Olympics as a 12th man before he had even played an NBA game. Yahoo! Sports, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that Howard has also registered “an intent” to play in the World Cup later this summer after back surgery forced him to pull out of the London Games.

To go with those 14 players who have all already played for Krzyzewski at either the 2010 World Championships in Turkey or the Olympics — or both — USAB also named 14 players Thursday that have yet to appear in a game at the senior national team level.

Paul George, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillardare the standouts from that group, but USAB has thrown in a few surprises by naming Cousins and Detroit’s blossoming big man Andre Drummondto the pool along with perimeter specialists Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, Klay Thompson and Korver, high-flying forward Kenneth Faried, versatile swingman Kawhi Leonard and the experienced David Lee. Griffin, though, would have been on the 2012 Olympic squad if not for an injury in practice that summer that opened the door for Davis.

The only member of Krzyzewski’s 2012 Olympic roster who will not continue in the program is Kobe Bryant, who reiterated earlier this week what he’s been saying for two years now: London was always earmarked to be his Team USA swansong.

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