Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was officially invited to USA Basketball's minicamp Wednesday as one of 27 players participating in the camp held July 22-25 in Las Vegas.
The invitation to compete for a spot on the national team is just another notch on the belt of Sanders, who broke out for the Bucks last season. Sanders finished second in the NBA in blocks per game at 2.8, while averaging 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
The minicamp roster is made up of young players and rising stars, as superstars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul won't participate. Headlining the list of 27 players are Pacers forward Paul George, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Wizards guard John Wall.
Sanders joins Cousins, Detroit's Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Cleveland's Tyler Zeller and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers as centers coming to the camp.
The minicamp will conclude with an intrasquad scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center on July 25. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is back as the head coach of the national team, while Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Pelicans coach Monty Williams will serve as his assistants.
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