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Trey Burke also makes USA Select team

Jul 21, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

Trey Burke, Tim Frazier Trey Burke, Tim Frazier

Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee have already leaked as members of the USA Select team.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams would have joined them if not for injury, but the Americans will turn to another point guard entering his second NBA season – the Jazz’s Trey Burke.

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press:

Burke’s representatives said he was invited to join the USA Select team. The group of young players will practice against the U.S. national team during its Las Vegas training camp next week.

In the short term, the select team’s purpose is to prepare the national team for the World Cup this summer. But it also acclimates young players to Team USA basketball and gives Jerry Colangelo, Mike Krzyzewski and crew a chance to evaluate them firsthand.

Given the number of young point guards already on the roster pool for the 2016 Olympics, Burke faces long odds of ever making the national team. But maybe he makes a good impression. At minimum, this experience of practicing against elite American players could help in Utah next year.

Burke looked worn down late last season, and he also just played (not particularly well) in the Las Vegas summer league. This is a lot of basketball for him.

If the Jazz were at all a plausible playoff contender next season, they should possibly be concerned. As it stands, they should appreciate Burke getting this experience – even if it limits his effectiveness in the short term due to fatigue. The benefits could pay off years down the road.

  1. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Really Trey Burke gets the invite what about John Wall you gatta be kidding me man Burke shot just 33% from 3 Wall shot 35% don’t tell me he’s a better shooter. No disrespect to Burke I like him but my boy John Wall gettin tried out here like really man smh, Derrick Rose over Wall, Irving over Wall, Lillard I have no problem with that’s my boy too lol but really though that’s messed up.

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      You don’t put John Wall on the select team, he is going leap frog guys to be on the 2016 squad in Brazil.

      • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        The point I’m trying to make is that he’s not on any team period.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        You need to look at the names on the select team, though.

        John Wall is clearly better than all of those guys. It’s the junior varsity.

        It’s a situation where Wall would almost certainly prefer to not participate if his only option is to act as a scrimmage opponent on the same team as a bunch of inexperienced players like Oladipo and Burke.

        If he’s not on the varsity team, it’s not worth his time, and everybody knows it.

  2. tomtravis76 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Even if John wall is not on the 2016 squad, that is the goodbye tour for the guys who have been giving USA basketball their lives since 2004. LeBron and Melo will have a say in the roster. Wall is going to be a face of the NBA along with his wizard teammates, Beal and Durant post Brazil.

  3. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Whatever he still get money though ayee!

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