Winslow Named to USA Basketball Select Team
Photo Credit: Sam Forencich
COLORADO SPRINGS, June 7 – USA Basketball announced today that HEAT forward Justise Winslow has been named to the 2016 Men’s Select Team. The 25-man roster will train with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas from July 18-21. Winslow’s previous USA Basketball experience includes winning three gold medals after achieving the feat during the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, the 2013 FIBA U19 Championship and the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
“The 2016 USA Basketball Select Team continues our tradition of featuring some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players,” said Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball National Team managing director. “Participation in this camp provides them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level, while helping prepare the 2016 USA National Team for its upcoming international competition. For many of the Select Team players this is a continuation of their USA Basketball experiences and for others it is an introduction into our pipeline.”
Winslow appeared in 78 games (eight starts) this season and averaged 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.6 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. Winslow led the team in games played, becoming just the fifth rookie to lead the HEAT in games played for a single-season, joining Norris Cole (2011-12), Mario Chalmers (2008-09), Bimbo Coles (1990-91) and Grant Long (1988-89). He finished the season with 32 made three-point field goals and 26 blocks, becoming just the fourth HEAT rookie to hit those totals during a single-season. Additionally, he appeared in 13 postseason games (two starts) and averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 25.4 minutes while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. He scored in double-figures twice, led the team in rebounds once and finished second on the team in charges taken (three).
The 2016 USA Select Team features nine players who completed their rookie NBA season in 2015-16, nine who wrapped up their second NBA season, four third-year NBA players and five players who are eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft. Winslow, who was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, will be joined on the team with Marcus Smart (Boston), Cody Zeller (Charlotte), Doug McDermott (Chicago), Gary Harris (Denver), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit), Stanley Johnson (Detroit), Myles Turner (Indiana), Julius Randle (L.A. Lakers), D’Angelo Russell (L.A. Lakers), Jabari Parker (Milwaukee), Zach LaVine (Minnesota), Aaron Gordon (Orlando), Jerami Grant (Philadelphia), Jahlil Oakafor (Philadelphia), Devin Booker (Phoenix), CJ McCollum (Portland), Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento), Rodney Hood (Utah), Brandon Ingram (Duke University), Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University), Brice Johnson (University of North Carolina), Kris Dunn (Providence College) and Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia). San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich will oversee the Select Team and Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright will serve as assistant coaches.