Monday, August 2, 2010

Duke's Smith, Singler named to USA Select Team

Duke seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith – as well as FSU junior Chris Singleton – will be part of the USA Men’s Select Team that will train against the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship team in New York later this month, Duke announced. All three ACC players were on the Select Team that trained against the World Team in Las Vegas last month.

Joining the trio on the Select Team: JaJuan Johnson (Purdue); Jon Leuer (Wisconsin); Shelvin Mack (Butler);; Howard Thompkins (Georgia); Mike Tisdale (Illinois); Kemba Walker (Connecticut); and Chris Wright (Dayton). Villanova head coach Jay Wright will also return to direct the 2010 USA Select Team in New York.

The 10 returning players will gather in New York on Aug. 9, and train against the USA World Championship Team finalists on Aug. 10 (1-3 p.m. EDT at John Jay College); Aug. 11 (1-3 p.m. EDT at John Jay College); Aug. 12 (time and site TBD); and Aug. 13 (11 a.m-12:30 p.m. EDT at the New York Knicks practice facility, Tarrytown, N.Y.).

North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, who played on the Select Team in Las Vegas, is scheduled to be playing with the Tar Heels for two exhibition games in the Bahamas on August 11 and 12.

"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team,’’ USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a prepared statement. “ Lorenzo Romar and Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we've decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it's a great experience for them.”

-- Robbi Pickeral