Doug McDermott was announced as one of 25 NBA players named to USA Basketball’s Select Team on Tuesday. As part of the Select Team, McDermott will train alongside the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp from July 18-21 in Las Vegas.
McDermott will join other young NBA talent like Chicago natives Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker as well as the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player, C.J. McCollum. The team will be coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich, who will take over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching duties beginning in 2017.
The Bulls forward is also one of several players chosen who have had the honor of representing the USA Basketball before.
Most recently, McDermott was on the 2014 Select Team, but his time with USA Basketball began while he was still at Creighton, before he had burst out onto the national scene.
In 2011, McDermott played for Team USA in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The team failed to medal at the competition, finishing fifth overall, but McDermott was one of the team’s top scorers (No. 3 at 11.3 per game) and rebounders (No. 3 at 6.1 per game).
Two years later, McDermott represented the U.S. at the World University Games and attended the National Team Minicamp. He was one of two collegiate players at the 2013 Minicamp, and some of the NBA players at the camp had great things to say about him:
“He’s a confident player. He’s a confident shooter, a confident scorer,” New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson said. “I think a college guy can come in here and be intimidated, but he wasn’t. He accepted the challenge.”
“He can shoot the shit out of the basketball,” Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond said. “It’s incredible. I was surprised he didn’t come out for the draft this year, but he’s going to make a lot of money the way he shoots.”
“He’s going to be a great shooter in this league,” Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson added.
While McDermott showed great improvement during this past season, being a part of the Select Team should only help him grow as a player, as he’ll be challenged by the other young NBA players and the stars of the National Team.
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