Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe Invited to 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team Mini-Camp
Drummond and Monroe both have USA Basketball team experience at the youth level. Drummond was a member of the 2010 U17 and 2009 U16 World Championship gold medal teams. Monroe was a member of the 2008 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that competed in the annual Nike Hoop Summit and also participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival – White Team.
“It’s an honor to be invited to participate in the Team USA camp along with this group of great young players,” Drummond said. “I’m looking forward to the experience and hope to learn from it.”
“Being invited to the Team USA mini-camp is definitely an honor,” Monroe said. “I’m excited to be playing against some of the best young talent in the NBA for a few days and hope to gain experience I can use going forward.”
The ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond averaged 7.9 points, 7.8 rebounds. 0.5 assists, team-high 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 20.7 minutes in 60 games (10 starts) while shooting a team-best 61% from the field. He recorded nine double-doubles which ranked second on the Pistons and second amongst all rookies. Drummond scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Milwaukee (1/29) becoming the first rookie in NBA history to record those numbers in a game coming off the bench. He scored a career-high 29 points at Cleveland (4/10) and was one of five centers in the NBA this season to record 90-plus blocks and 55-plus steals. Drummond finished fourth in the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie-of-the-Year balloting. He was also selected as a member of Team Shaq as part of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston but was unable to play due to injury.
Monroe averaged a career-high 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and career-high 3.5 assists in 81 games last season. He ranked 11th in the NBA in rebounds per game (9.6) and his team-high 37 double-doubles tied for ninth. He also recorded his first career double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists at Sacramento (11/7) marking the first triple-double by a Piston since 2004. Monroe led the Pistons in points (1,298), rebounds (777) and steals (105) last season and became only the third Piston since 1994-95 to finish the season with 1,000-plus points and 600-plus rebounds in back-to-back seasons (Grant Hill and Otis Thorpe). He was one of only three players (David Lee, Al Horford) to average 16-plus points, 9.0-plus rebounds and 3.0-plus assists last season and his 67 double-doubles over the last two seasons marked the most in the Eastern Conference.