Jazz’s Gordon Hayward Named to 2015 USA Men’s National Team Minicamp Roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (August 6, 2015) – USA Basketball today announced that Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward is among the 34 players expected to attend the USA Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas from Aug. 11-13.

Hayward was named a finalist last summer for the 2014 USA Men’s World Cup Team. His previous USA Basketball experience also includes participating in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National team mini-camp, as well as playing for the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.  Hayward also helped lead Team USA to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in the 2009 U19 World Championship in New Zealand.  He ranked second on that team in rebounding (5.7) and third in scoring (10.0), adding 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals and shooting 41.4 percent (12-29) from 3-point range en route to being selected to the U19 World Championship’s “Best of the Best Team.”

Hayward (6-8, 225, Butler) appeared in 76 games (all starts) with the Jazz in 2014-15, averaging a team and career-high 19.3 points to become just the third player in NBA history to increase his season scoring average by at least two points per game four consecutive times (Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton). In addition to his 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals in a team-leading 34.4 minutes, Hayward scored in double figures in 69 of 76 games, reaching 20-plus points 38 times and 30-plus on seven occasions, after topping 30 a total of four times in his first four seasons.

The 25-year-old career Jazzman was originally selected by Utah in the first round (ninth overall selection) of the 2010 NBA Draft, and has appeared in 363 career games (255 starts) and owns averages of 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 29.6 minutes. 

The 2015 USA National Team minicamp will feature practices on Aug. 11-12, and the minicamp will conclude on Aug. 13 (8:30 p.m. MT) with the 2015 USA Basketball Showcase, a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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