Bucks Jabari Parker Named to USA Men's Select Team
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker has been named to the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. The Select Team will train with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas from July 18-21.
Parker, 21, will play his third NBA season in 2016-17. The 6-8 forward averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.7 minutes per game in 2015-16 in his sophomore campaign and earned a spot on the U.S. team for the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend. He tallied 11 20+ point games in 2015-16 and recorded six double-doubles on the season.
Parker has prior experience with USA Basketball, as he won a gold medal in both the 2012 U17 World Championship and U16 Championship (2011). He also participated in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit and was a member of the Junior National Team (2010-12).
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will oversee the Select Team and Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright will serve as assistant coaches.
“The 2016 USA Basketball Select Team continues to our tradition of featuring some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players. Participation in this camp provides them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level, while helping prepare the 2016 USA National Team for its upcoming international competition. For many of the Select Team players this is a continuation of their USA Basketball experiences and for others it is an introduction into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director.
“Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and it is an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. Current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players, got their USA National Team start through a Select Team.”
In addition to Parker, the other players named to the 2016 USA Basketball Select Team include: Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons); Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings); Kris Dunn (Providence College); Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic); Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers); Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets); Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz); Brandon Ingram (Duke University); Brice Johnson (University of North Carolina), Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets); Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University); Justise Winslow (Miami Heat) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).