LAS VEGAS — Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris and guard Victor Oladipo have been invited to join USA Basketball's select team, a group of players that will train alongside the national team as the national team prepares for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
USA Basketball's national team and select team will train together in Las Vegas from July 28-Aug. 1.
The news that Harris and Oladipo have been invited to join the select team was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Joining the select team is a valuable first step in becoming part of USA Basketball's player pool.
In 2012, then-Magic power forward Ryan Anderson received an invitation to join the select team. But Anderson withdrew because he was a restricted free agent at the time; if Anderson had suffered a serious injury during training camp, the injury could have cost him millions of dollars.
The national team's head coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and his assistant coaches are Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams.
The national team's roster consists of 19 players: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons, Derrick Rose and Klay Thompson.
The USA's team for the FIBA World Cup will be chosen from that group of 19.
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