August 7, 2007

Monta Ellis will join nine other rising NBA stars on the USA Basketball Men's Select Team. (photo: Joe Murphy/Getty)
Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors is one of the 10 top young NBA players named by USA Basketball on Monday to a USA Basketball Men’s Select Team that has been chosen to help prepare the 2007 USA Senior National Team for the Aug. 22-Sept. 3 FIBA Americas Championship that is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joining Ellis on the USA Basketball Select Team will be: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets); Channing Frye (Portland Trail Blazers); Jeff Green (Seattle SuperSonics); Devin Harris (Dallas Mavericks); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves); Jason Kapono (Toronto Raptors); and David Lee (New York Knicks).

Newly named Seattle SuperSonics head coach P.J. Carlesimo, who served as an assistant with the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” and who has been a head or assistant coach of five other USA Basketball teams, has been chosen head coach of the USA Select Team and he will be assisted by Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano.

“By definition this is a select team, one primarily made up of young NBA players. We have the Rookie of the Month from the 2007 NBA Summer League in Aaron Brooks, we have the best three-point shooter in the league last season in Kapono, and we have others whose NBA futures are very promising. Basically this select group are players we felt would give our senior national squad the best possible opportunity to prepare for the FIBA Americas Championship,” said USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo.

"These players, some of whom have been exposed to USA Basketball in the past and others who have not, by joining us get into the USA Basketball pipeline. Some of these players may have a great opportunity to be involved with the USA Basketball Senior National program in the next quad.

“P.J. Carlesimo will coach the USA Select Team and is a perfect fit because he has so much USA Basketball experience. His willingness to do this is very much appreciated especially since he just accepted the Seattle SuperSonics head coaching job.

“Jay Triano, a former coach of the Canadian national team and currently an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors, will be assisting. Jay is very familiar with the international game and its nuances and we’re pleased to have P.J. and Jay as our staff,” added Colangelo.

The select squad will begin training Aug. 14 in Las Vegas and will scrimmage against the USA Senior National Team from Aug. 15-20.

The USA Senior National Team’s Aug 15-21 training camp will be utilized to determine the 12-member USA squad that will compete Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. Rosters for the FIBA Americas Championship must be submitted to FIBA Americas on July 21.

The FIBA Americas Championship, featuring 10 men’s national teams, is one of five FIBA Olympic qualifying zone tournaments and will determine the two men’s teams from the Americas zone who will earn a qualification spot for the 2008 Olympic Games that are being held Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China.

Seventeen members of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team are expected to participate in the Aug. 15-21 training and that roster includes: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).

Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski is head coach of the USA Senior Team program. Serving as assistant coaches are Syracuse University (N.Y.) and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Phoenix Suns head mentor Mike D’Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.

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