Smart To Attend USA National Team Mini-Camp

Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart will be the only collegiate who joins 28 NBA players in participating in the USA Basketball Men's National Team Mini-Camp next week in Las Vegas, it was announced Tuesday.

The players will assemble on Sunday before taking part in daily training exercises Monday through Wednesday, and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus.

"It is a great honor to be invited to participate with the USA Men's National Team," Smart said in a news release. "The other players at the mini-camp are NBA professionals who I look up to and respect. I'm excited to learn from them and to compete against them."

Smart just returned to Stillwater after helping lead the USA U19 World Championship team to a 9-0 mark and the FIBA U19 World Championship crown in the Czech Republic. Selected team captain, he averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field overall.

OSU head coach Travis Ford said, "We're very excited for Marcus. It's an incredible honor to be the lone college player to be selected. It's a great honor for him and our program. He continues to represent us in a first-class manner, both on and off the court."

Among the NBA players expected to participate in the mini-camp are Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Demar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers).

Also, scheduled to participate are DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), John Wall (Washington Wizards), and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).

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