Conley Gets Shot at Team USA
Memphis, Tennessee – Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has been invited to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced today. Conley will join 26 other players at sessions to be held from July 22-25 in Las Vegas.
Other players accepting invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp are Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), 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), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), 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).
Recently-named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
“The group of players we have assembled for the mini-camp are extremely talented and very versatile,” said Colangelo, who has seen USA National teams compile a 62-1 record since taking charge of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005. “This is an important opportunity for each one of them because we will be evaluating which players will continue to be involved in future USA National Team training camps and teams.”
This past season, Conley (6-1, 178) averaged a career-high 14.6 points and 6.1 assists in 80 games (all starts) and was named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Second Team after leading the NBA in total steals (174) and ranking third in steals per game (2.18). The 25-year-old posted 17.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.73 steals in 15 playoff games, helping lead the Grizzlies to their first-ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
A six-year NBA veteran, all with the Grizzlies, Conley has the most NBA experience of the 27 players invited to participate in the mini-camp. The Ohio State product has prior USA Basketball experience from when he was selected to the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival-White Team.
The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 21 and will conduct daily training sessions from noon-2:30 p.m. PDT from July 22-24 before closing out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game at 6 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 25 at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.
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