Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein on Tuesday was named to the USA Select Team, which will train with the national team next month in Las Vegas in preparation for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay are among the national team players competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster. Both played on the 2014 national team that won the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Before joining the national team, Cousins was a member of the Select Team in 2012.
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Cauley-Stein made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team this season. He played in 66 games, including 39 starts, and averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block in 21.4 minutes per game.
Cauley-Stein will have a busy summer in Las Vegas, where he also can work on his offensive game while playing on the Kings’ summer-league team. Following summer league, Cauley-Stein will join the Select Team from July 18-21 and gain valuable experience while practicing and scrimmaging against some of the best players in the league.
Other notable players on the Select Team are the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum, who won the Most Improved Player honor this season, and standout rookies Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers, Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat.
Other veterans on the Select Team are Zach Lavine of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Doug McDermott of the Chicago Bulls, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks and Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz. Duke’s Brandon Ingram and Providence’s Kyle Dunn are among top college prospects on the Select Team.
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will oversee the Select Team. Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Villanova coach Jay Wright will be on Popovich’s staff.