UK Men's Basketball

Ex-Cats Wall, Cousins on team that will scrimmage Olympians

Former UK Star DeMarcus Cousins (15) laughed with John Wall on the sidelines as the Villains defeated the Big Blue Allstars 152-149  at Rupp Arena  on Monday October 24, 2011  in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Former UK Star DeMarcus Cousins (15) laughed with John Wall on the sidelines as the Villains defeated the Big Blue Allstars 152-149 at Rupp Arena on Monday October 24, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former University of Kentucky standouts DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall were among 13 NBA players chosen to scrimmage against the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team in July.

Also picked Monday were NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of Cleveland and New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin.

The remaining nine are Ryan Anderson (Orlando), Paul George (Indiana), Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair (San Antonio), Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors (Utah), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Taj Gibson (Chicago) and Klay Thompson (Golden State).

The young players will report to Las Vegas along with Team USA on July 5 and work out against them from July 6-11. Lin's participation is unclear, as he will be a free agent after his breakout season and might not take part until he signs a new contract during that week.

Former Toronto coach Jay Triano, an assistant with the U.S. 2010 world championship team, and Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins will serve as co-coaches of the select team.

The U.S. Olympic team that will play this summer in London is to be named on July 7, after the first two days of workouts in Las Vegas. Among the players trying out for that squad are UK freshman Anthony Davis, who hopes to make a 12-member team expected to include LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, among others.

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