John Wall and Bradley Beal both participated in USA Basketball’s mini-camp this summer, but neither made the final 12-man roster that ended up winning gold at the FIBA World Cup.
Neither necessarily had a real shot of making the squad, however, because Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski treat USA Basketball as a program, where putting in the work from a very young age and showing a consistent level of commitment is often valued more than is raw talent — and Wall knows that.
But Wizards head coach Randy Wittman is pleased that his dynamic backcourt put in the work, and sees the experience with USA Basketball as nothing but a positive.
“They worked all the way up through July,” Wittman said during a lull in the NBA coaches meetings in Chicago this week. “Putting the work in is the main thing a coach wants to see in the summer. They were able to do that.
“I told those guys, ‘Not everybody makes it right from the start. But you’re there, you’ve done it, you’re showing them you’re willing to be there. It’s a process.’ I think the way both those guys are going, they’re going to be on [Team USA] some day.”
Again, with Team USA, it’s a process. And Wittman is right, in that getting to workout with an elite group of professionals in an organized setting — even for only a couple of weeks — should only help his guards in the upcoming season.