Julius Randle out for Team USA at World Cup

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Julius Randle was a late addition to Team USA’s training-camp roster.

He’ll also be yet another withdrawal.

USA Basketball:

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team World Cup training roster numbers 15 following Julius Randle (New York Knicks) withdrawing from the training camp due to a family matter. USA Basketball also announced that Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig had been added to the USA Select Team roster and that Landry Shamet (Los Angeles Clippers) has withdrawn from the Select Team.

Usually, Team USA wouldn’t need a player like Randle. He’s a scoring big who struggles defensively. Randle is a floor-raiser, not someone who’d simply mesh with other ball-dominant stars.

But this American squad is so low on star power, it maybe could’ve used Randle.

At east the U.S. has several other players who can play center: Brook Lopez, Myles Turner, Bam Adebayo, Mason Plumlee and P.J. Tucker. That might be Team USA’s deepest position.

Don’t read too much into who plays on the select team. It’s just a group of young players who train against the main squad. But Craig – who’s 28 and a limited reserve – making it? That says something about the state of the program.