Mayo chosen for team to scrimmage U.S. Olympic team
Memphis Grizzlies rookie O.J. Mayo from Huntington is among the players chosen for a select team that will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team.
Ten players were picked for the team and two more will be taken from the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which ends Sunday.
Among the others chosen for the select team are NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City and No. 1 overall draft pick Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo says it's an opportunity for the select team players to get into the USA Basketball pipeline. Some may end up playing on a U.S. team in the 2010 world championships or 2012 Olympics.
The USA Basketball Select Team will begin training Sunday in Las Vegas and is expected to train and scrimmage against the USA Senior National Team from Tuesday to Thursday.
Other NBA players on the select squad include LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Jeff Green (Oklahoma City), Luther Head (Houston Rockets), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Martin (Sacramento Kings) and Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons).
Oklahoma City head coach P.J. Carlesimo will lead the select team with help from Toronto Raptors assistant Jay Triano.
Preliminary round play of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games takes place Aug. 10-18.
Olympic team members are Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz), Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons), Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is head coach of the Olympic team. New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, a former Marshall University guard, is on the staff.