COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2012) - 2011 USA Pan American Games bronze medalists Greg Stiemsma (Boston Celtics) and Lance Thomas (New Orleans Hornets) have been added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team roster that will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev. USA Basketball also announced that Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic / California) has withdrawn from the USA Select squad, leaving 14 confirmed players on the roster.
"We made a commitment back in October that we would select two players from the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and invite them to be part of the 2012 USA Select Team," explained Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "Greg (Stiemsma) and Lance (Thomas) were valuable contributors to the USA's bronze medal showing at the 2011 Pan American Games and both earned their way on to NBA rosters this season and demonstrated they can contribute at that level. I'm pleased to have both players join the USA Select Team."
Stiemsma, a 6-11, 260 pound center, started in all five USA games at the Pan American Games and averaged 3.8 ppg., 2.8 rpg., and a team best 2.2 bpg. He played in 55 regular season games with the Boston Celtics in 2011-12 and averaged 2.9 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.6 bpg., which ranked 17th in the NBA overall and was second among rookies. During Boston's run in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Stiemsma (as of 6/6/12) has played in 17 games, and is averaging 1.6 ppg., 2.4 rpg. and 0.6 bpg. Stiemsma in four outings with the NBA D-Leaguer Sioux Falls Skyforce averaged 9.0 ppg., 10.8 rpg. and 4.5 bpg.
Thomas came off the bench for the USA at the Pan American Games and in five games averaged 8.2 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. In the USA's opening game victory over the Dominican Republic, he posted team highs of 15 points, 16 rebounds and three assists. Thomas played in 42 games this past season for the New Orleans Hornets and averaged 4.0 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. His rebounds per game average ranked 27th among NBA rookies.
Thomas, who started the year playing for the NBA Development League Austin Toros, was signed for two, 10-day contracts, then the remainder of the season by New Orleans. As a member of the Toros he averaged 15.2 ppg., 7.7 rpg. and 1.6 apg. Named earlier as members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select squad were: 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); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors / Washington State); and John Wall (Washington Wizards / Kentucky).
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 (2008-09 through 2010-11) 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.
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 (12:00-3:00 p.m. PDT). All practices will take place at UNLV's Mendenhall Center.