Evans to receive invite to Team USA mini-camp
Posted by rc360 on April 16, 2010
If making history wasn’t enough, Tyreke Evans may not be done making accomplishments this summer.
The Sacramento Kings rookie guard is one of three players confirmed by Team USA Basketball’s Managing Director Jerry Colangelo to receive invites to its mini-camp, according to the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami.
The mini-camp will take place in Las Vegas this July.
Evans, along with Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green are set to be invited.
“We want to get them into the system and get them ready to play,” Colangelo said. “Whether it’s this cycle or the next.”
Kawakami hinted, via Twitter, that the decision came due to a roster expansion to prepare for players skipping the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
If he’s selected to the Team USA National Team after mini-camp, Evans could play in the championships in August and September.
Evans already has plans for the summer. He’s set to train in Hollywood, according to his trainer, LaMont Peterson.
In his first season in the NBA, Evans won two rookie of the month awards, was voted most valuable player of the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge and became the fourth rookie in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.
He’s also a contender for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
If he plays in the world championships it could be a sneak peek of Evans’ improvement over the summer before the NBA season begins.