Let’s put a little context into this. At this point in the cycle before the 2012 Olympics, USA Basketball invited 25 players to its July 2009 minicamp. Here’s how USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo described the camp:
While we look to continue to build continuity within the USA national team program and continue to improve, in 2009 we will get a look at some of the top young NBA players who haven’t been involved in USA Basketball at the top national program level previously. Although some of these players have represented USA Basketball in the past, this is their opportunity to be considered for the next generation of players who will help make up the USA Basketball National program.
Just four of the 25 players at the camp – Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook – made the 2012 Olympic team. Other players there included D.J. Augustin, Jerryd Bayless and Ronnie Brewer. So, this isn’t necessarily a path to stardom.
But, at this point, the invitations are well-deserved positive recognition for Monroe and Drummond.
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