Doug McDermott, a senior on the Creighton men's basketball team, has accepted an invitation to attend the USA Basketball Men's National Team Mini-Camp, July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., it was announced today. McDermott joins Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart as the only non-NBA players invited to participate.
McDermott is one of 30 players to accept an invitation to attend the camp. The players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24, and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25 at 8 pm CT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus. All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.
"It will be a great opportunity for me to play against some of the elite young NBA players and learn from some of the best coaches," said McDermott.
McDermott returned home on Thursday morning after two weeks in Kazan, Russia with Team USA's World University Games team. He paced the American squad in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8 mpg.). McDermott served as a co-captain on that squad, which finished 6-2 and took ninth place in the 24-team field. His 14.9 points per game were the highest by a US player at the WUG since 2005 (Shelden Williams), and he joined Mitch Richmond (1987) as the only American to ever lead a WUG team in field goals, three-pointers and free throws.
Other players expected 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), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), 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), George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), John Wall (Washington Wizards), and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers). McDermott and Barnes were teammates at Ames (Iowa) High School.
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.
All told, 21 of the 30 players listed on the 2013 mini-camp roster own USA Basketball experience, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Davis. The roster also features the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, Davis (2012), Irving (2011) and Wall (2010), and the last two NBA Rookie of the Year selections, Lillard (2013) and Irving (2012).
Nine players – Cousins, DeRozan, Favors, George, Gibson, Hayward, Holiday, Irving and Thompson, were all members of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team during its July 6-11 training in Las Vegas.
Twenty-eight of the 30 players have a wide range of NBA experience. Conley, with six NBA seasons under his belt, has the most; three (Anderson, Hill, Jordan) possess five; four have four seasons (DeRozan, Gibson, Holiday, Lawson); seven are three-year veterans (Cousins, Favors, George, Hayward, Monroe, Sanders, Wall); six are second year pros (Faried, Irving, Parsons, Thompson, Walker); eight just completed their rookie campaign (Barnes, Beal, Davis, Drummond, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lillard, Waiters, Zeller.). Two are still in the collegiate ranks (McDermott and Smart).
McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2) and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season at Creighton. The Ames, Iowa, product led the nation with 284 field goals made and 834 points during a campaign that saw him shoot 54.8 percent from the field, 49.0 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent at the line. In the process, he became the eighth player league history to win back-to-back MVC Player of the Year accolades, and is the second to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the MVC Tournament twice.
McDermott already owns Creighton records for points (2,216), field goals (811) and three-point percentage (.464), and has also set single-season marks for points (834), three-point percentage (49.0%) and field goals (307) during his time on The Hilltop.
Creighton joined the BIG EAST Conference on July 1 and returns four starters from last year's team that finished 28-8 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where it fell to Krzyzewski's Duke team.