Wizards’ John Wall, Bradley Beal invited to Team USA minicamp


Is Team USA in our future? (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bradley Beal and John Wall are already accustomed to wearing red, white and blue, but they are now in position to prove that they deserve to wear those colors to represent their country.

USA Basketball announced on Wednesday that the Wizards’ back-court mates have been named to a 27-man minicamp in Las Vegas from July 22 to 25. The event will conclude with an intrasquad scrimmage on July 26 at Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.

Team USA officials will monitor the players, and some will eventually comprise the rosters for the 2014 World Cup in Madrid and/or the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Beal and Wall will be part of collection of talent that includes three all-stars (Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday). The rest of the roster will include rookie of the year Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, former Georgetown standout Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons, Clinton native Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, VCU alum Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings center Demarcus Cousins,  Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan, Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson and Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller of the Cavaliers.

Wall has an opportunity to earn more equity in the program after participating with the Select Team that prepared Team USA for the Olympics last summer in Las Vegas. He also participated in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2009.

“It is a privilege to return to USA Basketball as a participant in the 2013 Men’s National Team mini-camp,” Wall said in a statement released by the Wizards. “I have gained great experience and grown from my previous stints with USA Basketball and hope to continue in the program moving forward.”  

Beal is also familiar with USA Basketball, having already participated with the under-16 and under-17 world championship teams and also the Nike Hoops Summit in 2011.

“I am honored to be selected to the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp,” Beal also said in the statement. “I am excited to compete with and against the other young talent around the league and hopefully continue to represent my country in the future.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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