According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, both John Wall and Bradley Beal are expected to participate in Team USA Mini-Camp. John Wall was a part of the “select team” in 2012, which essentially practiced against the USA Men’s National team, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and virtually every notable veteran NBA All-Star.
John Wall will go head to head against some serious competition, those of which include Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Ty Lawson and more elite-level NBA point guards. Wall will undoubtedly try to leave an impression on the Team USA directors at the camp, since he has expressed interest in participating in future world events. According to Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairmen, these camps and events are used to look at potential talent for the future:
When you look at the Walls and the Kyrie [Irvings], you’re looking at the potential guards for the future… “That’s why they’re here. Many, many players have used the Select Team as a springboard for making our team.
Bradley Beal, who won the Most Valuable Player award in the FIBA U-17 World Championships, has also reportedly gotten an invitation. Beal’s familiarity with USA Basketball will definitely help him through the process. Being able to play with elite-level talent will not only help Beal develop as a basketball player, but it will grow his comradery with John Wall, who the Washington Wizards are trying to build a core around.
Overall, I think this is pretty good news. Barring injury, these types of invitations will inevitably help the players develop. Hopefully, both Wizards guards will be able to represent the nation in the near future.