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Stanley Johnson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope invited to Team USA Select Team

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Young Pistons join Andre Drummond in the Team USA pipeline.

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Stanley Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have been selected to join the Team USA Select Team, which will essentially service as practice bodies for Team USA proper as it prepares for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

The two members of Detroit's emerging core were among the 25 names announced as part of the Select Team. Teammate Andre Drummond is among Team USA's official pool of 30 players and could be selected to represent the U.S. in Rio.

The news is no surprise as Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press first reported the two would make the select squad back in May.

Johnson had an up-and-down rookie year with the Detroit Pistons, but has been a part of Team USA as an amateur, winning MVP and gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Caldwell-Pope, meanwhile, has no experience with Team USA, but he has built up his game, especially on the defensive end, to earn notice in NBA circles and is still just 23 years old (just nine months older than fellow invite Denzel Valentine).

The full list of invites to Team USA Select Team:

Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons); Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings); Kris Dunn (Providence); Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic); Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers); Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets); Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz); Brandon Ingram (Duke); Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets); Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers); Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks); Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers); D'Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State); Justise Winslow (Miami Heat) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).