Aaron Gordon, Justise Winslow, Brandon Ingram headline USA Basketball select team

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Most members of the USA Basketball select team already leaked out, but today’s official announcement brought 10 new names:

The already known:

That’s 25 players – far more than the 2012 select team (13) or 2008 select team (14). Perhaps, USA Basketball wants more practice players around with the plan to just pick a 12-man national team June 27 rather than hold tryouts.

And that’s what the select team is – a practice squad for the Rio-bound senior team. The select teamers get valuable experience and a chance to impress USA Basketball decision-makers, maybe even working their way up the pipeline onto an Olympic team someday.