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Andre Drummond makes USA Basketball player pool, Greg Monroe could be added

Andre Drummond made USA Basketball’s 28-man pool of players who will comprise the national-team rosters the next three years, including the 2016 Rio Olympic team.

What are Drummond’s chances of making the Olympic team? At ProBasketballTalk, I ranked all 28 players based on likelihood. Drummond, who will be 23 years old in 2016, was No. 18:

18. Andre Drummond (23)

Drummond is the youngest player on this list, and in a couple years, it might look foolish for him to be ranked so low. Just look how far his game has grown in the last two years, from the time he was underwhelming scouts at Connecticut to now. Drummond has the physical talent to skyrocket into the top three of this list. He’d just have to pass a deep crop of big men, including a few power forward who could play center internationally. Drummond’s size doesn’t separate him as much as it does in the NBA, and his defense needs major polish or else he’d be fouling out of every Olympic game.

Greg Monroe, who joined Drummond at the USA Basketball minicamp before the season, didn’t make the cut, but in the last four-year cycle, four players were added a few months after the initial pool was announced. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk:

There are other guys on the cusp of making this pool, Krzyzewski singled out Greg Monroe of the Pistons as one, and he could be added later.

For what it’s worth, if Monroe is added to the pool, I’d rank him 23rd-most-likely to make the Olympic team, right between Bradley Beal and Kenneth Faried.

8 Comments

  • Jan 23, 201412:05 pm
    by Smitty

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    Good for Drummond. It will be good to practice and play on this team.

    • Jan 23, 201412:09 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      Drummond didn’t actually make a “team.” He’s among a group of players who might make a team.

      • Jan 23, 201412:24 pm
        by Smitty

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        Will he still get to practice with these other players? 

        • Jan 23, 201412:37 pm
          by Dan Feldman

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          There will be camps and practice teams and whatnot, but those selections aren’t directly tied to these.

  • Jan 23, 20141:05 pm
    by Javell

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    Hes has so much potential it makes me happy and not so bad about this terrible season

  • Jan 23, 201410:04 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    In other news Drummond has changed his FT shooting again and he is 8-12 in the last 2 games

  • Jan 24, 201412:08 am
    by NBALive14

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    Just for one game, ONE FREAKIN GAME can we plz bring either Monroe or Drummond off the bench …and put josh smith at PF .. what you got to lose.. clearly they are both centers and you cannot play two centers. That would be better then desperately trading Monroe for a bag of garbage unless its gonna help us …they just signed josh smith ..why would they try to trade him already …sometimes I wonder what you people be on ….coaching is a major issue joe d doesn’t want to be known as the coach killer but you can’t sit there and think neither side has a plan…they have eyes and ears and they see what’s going on 

    • Jan 24, 20141:46 pm
      by Birdman84

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      Josh Smith has played terribly. Monroe has played better. Why should Monroe be benched? Why not bench Smith, after all, what have you got to lose? Benching Monroe will decrease his likelihood of re-signing with the Pistons when he hits restricted free agency.

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