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Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond invited to USA Basketball mini-camp

After getting snubbed from the U.S. Select team a year ago, Greg Monroe will join his teammate Andre Drummond at the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas next month.


From the Pistons:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - USA Basketball announced today that Detroit Pistons centers Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe were named to a list of 27 players to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp to be held in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 22-25.

Drummond and Monroe both have USA Basketball team experience at the youth level. Drummond was a member of the 2010 U17 and 2009 U16 World Championship gold medal teams. Monroe was a member of the 2008 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that competed in the annual Nike Hoop Summit and also participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival - White Team.

"It's an honor to be invited to participate in the Team USA camp along with this group of great young players," Drummond said. "I'm looking forward to the experience and hope to learn from it."

"Being invited to the Team USA mini-camp is definitely an honor," Monroe said. "I'm excited to be playing against some of the best young talent in the NBA for a few days and hope to gain experience I can use going forward."

The ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond averaged 7.9 points, 7.8 rebounds. 0.5 assists, team-high 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 20.7 minutes in 60 games (10 starts) while shooting a team-best 61% from the field. He recorded nine double-doubles which ranked second on the Pistons and second amongst all rookies. Drummond scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Milwaukee (1/29) becoming the first rookie in NBA history to record those numbers in a game coming off the bench. He scored a career-high 29 points at Cleveland (4/10) and was one of five centers in the NBA this season to record 90-plus blocks and 55-plus steals. Drummond finished fourth in the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie-of-the-Year balloting. He was also selected as a member of Team Shaq as part of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston but was unable to play due to injury.

Monroe averaged a career-high 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and career-high 3.5 assists in 81 games last season. He ranked 11th in the NBA in rebounds per game (9.6) and his team-high 37 double-doubles tied for ninth. He also recorded his first career double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists at Sacramento (11/7) marking the first triple-double by a Piston since 2004. Monroe led the Pistons in points (1,298), rebounds (777) and steals (105) last season and became only the third Piston since 1994-95 to finish the season with 1,000-plus points and 600-plus rebounds in back-to-back seasons (Grant Hill and Otis Thorpe). He was one of only three players (David Lee, Al Horford) to average 16-plus points, 9.0-plus rebounds and 3.0-plus assists last season and his 67 double-doubles over the last two seasons marked the most in the Eastern Conference.

Below is a 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team Mini-Camp roster and schedule:

Ryan Anderson F 6-10 240 05/06/88 New Orleans Pelicans / California
Harrison Barnes F 6-8 210 05/30/92 Golden State Warriors / North Carolina
Bradley Beal G 6-5 207 06/28/93 Washington Wizards / Florida
Mike Conley G 6-1 185 10/11/87 Memphis Grizzlies / Ohio State
DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11 270 08/13/90 Sacramento Kings / Kentucky
Anthony Davis F/C 6-10 220 03/11/93 New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky
DeMar DeRozan G 6-7 216 08/07/89 Toronto Raptors / USC
Andre Drummond C 6-10 270 09/10/93 Detroit Pistons / Connecticut
Kenneth Faried F 6-8 228 11/19/89 Denver Nuggets / Morehead State
Derrick Favors F/C 6-10 248 07/15/91 Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech
Paul George F/G 6-8 221 05/02/90 Indiana Pacers / Fresno State
Taj Gibson F 6-9 225 06/24/85 Chicago Bulls / USC
Gordon Hayward F 6-8 210 03/23/90 Utah Jazz / Butler
Jrue Holiday G 6-4 205 06/12/90 Philadelphia 76ers / UCLA
Kyrie Irving G 6-3 191 03/23/92 Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke
DeAndre Jordan C 6-11 265 07/21/88 Los Angeles Clippers / Texas A&M
Ty Lawson G 5-11 195 11/03/87 Denver Nuggets / North Carolina
Kawhi Leonard F/G 6-7 225 06/29/91 San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State
Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 07/15/90 Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State
Greg Monroe C 6-11 250 06/04/90 Detroit Pistons / Georgetown
Chandler Parsons F 6-9 227 10/25/88 Houston Rockets / Florida
Larry Sanders C 6-11 235 11/21/88 Milwaukee Bucks / VCU
Klay Thompson G 6-7 205 02/08/90 Golden State Warriors / Washington State
Dion Waiters G 6-4 215 12/10/91 Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse
Kemba Walker G 6-1 184 05/08/90 Charlotte Bobcats / Connecticut
John Wall G 6-4 195 09/06/90 Washington Wizards / Kentucky
Tyler Zeller F/C 7-0 250 01/17/90 Cleveland Cavaliers / North Carolina

Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Assistant Coach: Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls
Assistant Coach: Monty Williams, New Orleans Pelicans

2013 USA Men's National Team Mini-Camp Schedule

Monday, July 22
12:00-2:30 p.m. Practice at UNLV's Mendenhall Center

Tuesday, July 23
12:00-2:30 p.m. Practice at UNLV's Mendenhall Center

Wednesday, July 24
12:00-2:30 p.m. Practice at UNLV's Mendenhall Center

Thursday, June 25
6:00 p.m. USA Basketball Showcase at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Arena

• All practice sessions are open to credentialed media only.
• Times listed are local times (PDT) and subject to change.