Irving To Join USA Select; Play In Summer League
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will have a very busy summer schedule – especially in July.
Irving has long dreamed of playing for coach Mike Krzyzewski in the Olympics. He’ll likely have to wait four more years for the opportunity but he’s taken the first step.
Irving, who said in March he planned to play this summer with Team USA, will receive an invite to participate on the U.S.A Select Team.
USA Select is basically a practice squad for the Olympic team and provides USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and Krzyzewski with a pool of talent from which future squads can be chosen.
He will be among 10-14 players chosen for the select team to scrimmage against the Olympic team in early July.
Irving will remain in Las Vegas because the Cavaliers will compete in the NBA’s summer league from July 13-22. Coach Byron Scott wants Irving and Tristan Thompson to participate in the summer league to continue their development.
Irving, who averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 points per game this past season, is expected to be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.