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Booker, Cauley-Stein, Randle named to USA Select team

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (1) passes around Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 14, 2016, in Phoenix.
Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (1) passes around Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 14, 2016, in Phoenix. AP

Former Kentucky stars Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker were named Tuesday to the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team.

That team will train with and play against players trying to make the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in this year’s Olympics.

Tryouts will be July 18-21 in Las Vegas.

Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director, said the Select team had “some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players.”

Playing in the camp can help those players gain experience and contend for spots on future U.S. National teams, Colangelo said.

Former players who went from the Select team to the National team in subsequent years include Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook.

Besides the three ex-Cats, other players on the Select team are Malcolm Brogdon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kris Dunn, Aaron Gordon, Jerami Grant, Gary Harris, Rodney Hood, Brandon Ingram, Brice Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Zach LaVine, CJ McCollum, Doug McDermott, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, D’Angelo Russell, Marcus Smart, Myles Turner, Denzel Valentine, Justise Winslow and Cody Zeller.

Of course, Russell is a Louisville native who played a season for Ohio State. Caldwell-Pope (Georgia) and Hood (Mississippi State) formerly played in the Southeastern Conference.

Booker was on this year’s NBA All-Rookie first team. Cauley-Stein made the second team. NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns from Kentucky plays for the Dominican Republic National Team.

Booker, Cauley-Stein and Randle will not be the only former Kentucky players at the Las Vegas training camp. Three ex-Cats were among the original 30 players vying for spots on the U.S. National Team. The three were DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall. Davis and Wall are recovering from offseason surgeries and are not expected to play.

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is also among those trying out for the National team.

Other original finalists for the U.S. National Team were LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Rudy Gay, Paul George, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Durant, Irving, Thompson, Love and Westbrook.

Aldridge, Curry, Paul and Griffin reportedly will not be playing this summer.

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton

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