DeMar DeRozan has been invited to be a part of USA Basketball’s select team as the U.S. prepares to defend their Olympic gold in London this summer.
There are connections to USA Basketball within the Raptors organization. Jerry Colangelo, Bryan’s father, is the program’s director, and you may remember that Jay Triano, who is still employed by the Raptors, served on the USA coaching staff in the past (coaching with the select team, ironically enough).
Add that to the fact that Anthony Davis, who has never played an NBA game, is in the running for an actual spot on the Olympic roster, and it’s easy to see why some may not be impressed by DeRozan’s invitation.
But having said all of that, at the end of the day, we’re talking about being a part of what is probably the most prestigious and one of the more exclusive basketball training camps in the world, and that’s gotta count for something, right?
Jerry Colangelo mentioned on Fan 590′s Prime Time Sports that the selection team consists of “young players who we want involved with USA basketball,” and added that some of those young players may potentially be in play for the American team at the 2014 Basketball World Cup.
You can argue whether or not DeRozan deserves the call, but this will hopefully go a long way in convincing a lot of his skeptics in Toronto that the athletic youngster is nowhere near a lost cause. As I’ve stated many times here and on RaptorBlog Radio, just because DeRozan isn’t a superstar and may never be a franchise player, doesn’t mean that he’s worth giving up on. We’ve still seen signs of a player that can be an important piece of the team’s future and who may be capable of making an All Star game or two in his career.
At the very least, DeRozan is going to get some work in with and against some of the best players in the world in a training camp setting, and the way I see it, nothing but good experience can come of that.
Here’s hoping DeMar can have a good camp and gives the U.S. coaches something to think about for the future. I doubt many Canadian basketball fans care about the American team, but they’ll no doubt be rooting for DeRozan to turn some heads within it.