Kings’ Tyreke Evans added to Team USA pool
By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer
It is unknown yet whether Tyreke Evans’ first season in the NBA was good enough to earn him Rookie of the Year honors. However, it is clear that his accomplishments did not go unnoticed.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that Evans, along with Warriors rookie Stephen Curry and Thunder forward Jeff Green, was added to a pool of the top players in the country. These 30 players will compete for a spot on Team USA, which will play in the World Championships in Turkey starting in August.
“We want to get them (Evans, Curry and Green) into the system and get them ready to play, whether it’s this cycle or the next,” Colangelo told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
Team USA will gather for workouts in Las Vegas in July. Evans will have a hard time making the final roster, but the experience will be beneficial for the Kings rookie. He can learn a lot from just being around the best players in the nation and seeing how they go about their business.
Evans will be the first Sacramento Kings player to participate with Team USA since Mitch Richmond in 1996. Richmond was a part of the squad that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He finished sixth on the team in scoring and second in three-pointers made.
The current Team USA roster can be found here.