Updated on Friday, July 26
Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes competed in the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on Thursday, July 25th, in which Team White defeated Team Blue 128-106. Both Warriors' players were members of Team Blue, as Barnes notched 18 points, while Thompson added eight of his own in the loss.
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Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes are among the 28 players participating in this week's USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas. Led by U.S. National Team and Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the mini-camp will feature some of the top young NBA talent (as well as two of the nation's best collegiate players).
Of the players attending mini-camp, eight were members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team last summer. Nearly all of the attendees have previous USA Basketball experience, including Thompson and Barnes. Thompson was a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team and won the gold medal in the 2009 Under-19 World Championships in New Zealand, while Barnes was a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2010.
Players and coaches arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday for an introductory team meeting. Beginning on Monday, the players participated in daily training sessions before wrapping things up with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. that will be televised on NBA TV.
While this mini-camp isn't necessarily a precursor to be on the U.S. national team, how players perform in this camp could boost their chances of playing in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Madrid, Spain, and/or the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
After getting a taste of Team USA basketball last summer, Thompson is hoping to impress the Team USA coaches, improve his game, and take advantage of such a special experience.
"My goals are just to get better every day, learn something from all these guys," Thompson told USA Basketball on Wednesday. "We all got different games. We're all here for a reason and all very talented players. The goal is to play as hard as I can and get better from this experience. Each USA experience I've gotten a lot better."
"Being part of USA Basketball has been such a positive experience for me," Thompson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I've learned so much from guys like LeBron (James), Kobe (Bryant), Kevin Durant about preparation, about working hard. I've gotten better every year, and I've shown my strengths, and I've shown my weaknesses, and it's made me a better player and person."
Even with a daunting schedule, Thompson and Barnes wouldn't miss the chance to support their teammates. Both players attended the NBA Summer League Championship game where their teammates defeated the Phoenix Suns 91-77 to become the first-ever Summer League Champions.
Stay tuned for more coverage of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes at USA Basketball Mini-Camp.