Collison Added to USAB National Team Roster
August 13, 2007
- USA Basketball Senior National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo announced today that USA Basketball veteran and Seattle SuperSonics forward Nick Collison
has been added to the USA Senior National Team program.
Collison and the other 15 members of the USA Senior National Teamís August training camp roster will train from Aug. 15-21 in Las Vegas. Twelve players from the 16-player roster will make the USA Basketball National Team, which will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship from Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in Las Vegas. Rosters for the FIBA Americas Championship must be submitted to FIBA Americas on Aug. 21.
ďIím excited for the opportunity to possibly be a part of the National Team,Ē Collison said. ďIím going to go out there and play as hard as I can and weíll see what happens. Hopefully there will be a spot for me on the final roster.Ē
The FIBA Americas Championship, featuring 10 menís national teams, is one of five FIBA Olympic qualifying zone tournaments and will determine the two menís 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.
Collison averaged career-highs in points (9.6) and 8.1 rebounds (8.1) per game for the Sonics last season. He registered 18 double-doubles last year including a 29 point and 21 rebound game at Phoenix on January 9. He became the tenth player in Seattleís 40-year history to record a 20/20 game.
The four-year NBA player has participated on no fewer than eight USA Basketball teams. Collison was involved with a USA team every summer between the summer before his senior year in high school in 1998 through 2003. His last appearance came in 2003 when he helped lead the USA to a 10-0 record, the gold medal and a qualifying berth for the 2004 Olympics at the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico.