Three ex-Cats, Morehead's Faried named to Team USA camp

June 12, 2013 

London Olympics

USA's Anthony Davis (14) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, pool)


Former University of Kentucky standouts DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp later this summer.

The trio of former Cats will be joined by former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and 23 other young NBA players.

"This year is an important first step in the rebuilding of the USA National Team roster for the 2014-16 international competitions, and we believe we have compiled a roster of not only outstanding basketball talents, but individuals who will represent the United States in the manner we expect," said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

The players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21 and conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 before closing out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game July 25 at Thomas and Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.

Davis, who just completed his rookie season with New Orleans, averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds a game as the youngest member of the gold medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Cousins, a third-year player for the Sacramento Kings, was part of a select team that trained against the U.S. Olympians last summer.

Wall, who just finished his third NBA season with the Washington Wizards, played for a USA Basketball junior select team in 2010.

Faried, who just completed his second season with Denver, has no previous USA Basketball experience.

Here is the complete 27-player roster for the mini-camp:

■ Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)

■ Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)

■ Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

■ Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)

■ DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)

■ Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

■ DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)

■ Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

■ Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)

■ Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)

■ Paul George (Indiana Pacers)

■ Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)

■ Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)

■ Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers)

■ Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)

■ DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)

■ Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets)

■ Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)

■ Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)

■ Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)

■ Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets)

■ Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks)

■ Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

■ Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)

■ Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)

■ John Wall (Washington Wizards)

■ Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers)

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