Team USA Gets Smart
Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart will be wearing the red, white and blue for a little bit longer. Fresh off leading Team USA to the U19 World Championships Smart has accepted an invitation to attend the USA Men's National Team's upcoming mini-camp. "It is a great honor to be invited to participate with the USA Men's National Team," Smart said. "The other players at the mini-camp are NBA professionals who I look up to and respect. I'm excited to learn from them and to compete against them."As of right now Smart is the only non NBA player who is scheduled to attend. "We're very excited for Marcus," said OSU head coach Travis Ford. "It's an incredible honor to be the lone college player to be selected. It's a great honor for him and our program. He continues to represent us in a first-class manner, both on and off the court."The mini-camp will take place July 22nd through the 25th in Las Vegas.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), and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers).Also scheduled to participate are: 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), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), John Wall (Washington Wizards), and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).