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Creighton's Doug McDermott To Attend National Team Mini-Camp


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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.

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can
be purchased by calling (702) 739-FANS or on-line at

USA Basketball Men's National Team
On May 23, 2013, Colangelo officially announced that Duke University Hall of
Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski would return to lead the USA National Team for

Over the course of the 2013-16 quad, USA Men's National Teams will conduct a
team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; compete in the 2014
FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug.
30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA
qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.

Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have
compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors
in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, and just as importantly,
reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors
for the United States and the sport.

The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1
overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by
finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the
USA's first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA
National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a
10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the
program's first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record
at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National
Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss
record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012
London Olympics.

Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball
National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15
major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive
117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and
posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.

About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization
and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the
United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S.
by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States
Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection,
training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored
international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches
participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials,
and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.

USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an
impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions,
the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and
in exhibition games.

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's
and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); women's
FIBA U19 World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships;
men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; and FIBA 3x3
Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA
Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking
categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA
Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking
categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.

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