As one World Cup wraps up, preparations begin for another one as USA Basketball announced its 19-man roster for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this fall, from which it will select a 12-man team. Former WSU basketball star Klay Thompson will be in Las Vegas from July 28 to August 1 to try and prove he belongs on the team.
The roster is full of young players like Thompson; although four players return from the 2012 Olympic team -- Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis -- Durant and Love stand as the only players who logged significant minutes for that gold medal squad. That means Thompson's got a wide-open shot of making the team.
That said, there's a lot of competition for the "6-7ish wing shooter," as Bradley Beal, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and Chandler Parsons all will be at the camp, too. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski clearly has placed a premium on shooting, as this team will not be filled with the transcendent athletes that littered the 2012 Olympic squad.
Thompson has been on USA Basketball's radar for some time, having participated in the FIBA U19 Championships in 2009, helping to lead the team to a gold medal. He also was part of a team that was selected to train against the 2012 Olympic team.