Kawhi Leonard to miss USA Basketball Mini Camp

July 15, 2013

Kawhi Leonard
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced the addition of George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University) to the roster of players who will be attending the July 22-25 USA Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., and also announced that Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) is unable to participate while rehabbing after a long season.

USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp roster now numbers 29. The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:00 p.m. PDT) and will close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at www.UNLVtickets.com. Hill, who in 2012-13 completed his fifth year in the NBA, started in 76 games for the Indiana Pacers and averaged career highs of 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals a game, while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point and 81.7 percent from the foul line. Charlotte’s Kidd-Gilchrist boasts of prior USA Basketball experience as a member of the 2011 USA Junior Select Team that won the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit and as a member of the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team that finished 8-0 and captured the gold medal. A 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie second team choice, Kidd-Gilchrist started in 77 of the 78 games he appeared in for the Bobcats and averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists a game, and shot 45.8 percent from the field.

Smart will arrive at the mini-camp having just helped lead the USA U19 World Championship Team to a 9-0 mark and the FIBA U19 World Championship crown in Czech Republic. Selected team captain, Smart averaged 9.6 ppg., 2.8 rpg., a U.S. second best 2.2 apg., a team high 2.4 spg., while shooting 50.0 percent from the field overall. As a freshman in 2012-13 at Oklahoma State, Smart was named by The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Year, while also collecting Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, and also earning All-Big 12 first team, All-Rookie and All-Defensive team honors.

Previously announced 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); Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); 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).

Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

All told, 20 of the 29 players listed on the 2013 mini-camp roster own USA Basketball experience, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Davis. The roster also features the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, Davis (2012), Irving (2011) and Wall (2010), and the last two NBA Rookie of the Year selections, Lillard (2013) and Irving (2012). Nine players – Cousins, DeRozan, Favors, George, Gibson, Hayward, Holiday, Irving and Thompson, were all members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team during its July 6-11 training in Las Vegas.

The 29 players have a wide range of NBA experience. Conley, with six NBA seasons under his belt, has the most; three (Anderson, Hill, Jordan) possess five; four have four seasons (DeRozan, Gibson, Holiday, Lawson); seven are three-year veterans (Cousins, Favors, George, Hayward, Monroe, Sanders, Wall); six are second year pros (Faried, Irving, Parsons, Thompson, Walker); eight just completed their rookie campaign (Barnes, Beal, Davis, Drummond, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lillard, Waiters, Zeller.), while Smart is still in the collegiate ranks.