By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 9:49 am in Alumni, Basketball.
Ex-Cal star Ryan Anderson was among 13 players chosen to the USA Basketball Select Team that will help prepare the U.S. Olympic team for this summer’s London Games.
Also chosen to the squad were Warriors rookie Klay Thompson and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin of Palo Alto.
In his fourth pro season, Anderson was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player this season after producing 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Orlando Magic.
Members of the USA Select Team will conduct a training session in Las Vegas on July 5, then train with the USA National Team July 6-11.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said being part of the USA Select Team can be a stepping stone to eventually joining the national team and is critical to to the Olympic team’s preparation.
Also chosen to the squad were NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, 2011 Rookie of the Year runnerup John Wall of the Washington Wizards and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.
Lin, who attended Palo Alto High and Harvard, had a breakout season with the New York Knicks, averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 assists. Thompson, out of Washington State, averaged 12.5 points in his debut season with the Warriors.
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