After being left off the original USA Basketball pool, it appears as if John Wall will be included in the camp starting Monday after all.
John Wall wasn’t included in a list of players which featured young guards Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, despite participating for the “select team” prior to that. Well, he’ll be joining Chandler Parsons and DeMar DeRozan as additions to the team. Both John Wall and DeMar DeRozan made the NBA All-Star team for the first time in their respective careers this past season, so it’s not very surprising that they were late additions to USA Basketball.
Russell Westbrook withdrew from participating in the 2014 FIBA World Cup this summer, so John Wall could potentially replace him on the team. Of course, he’ll still have to compete with other very talented guards before being added to the team. USA Basketball typically features guards that could shoot the ball from the outside, which is a reason why Rajon Rondo never represented the country. John Wall shot the ball well from three this past season, and even though he’ll probably be asked to defend and create transition opportunities for the team, adding an outside shot certainly didn’t hurt John Wall’s chances.
John Wall will be joined by his teammate Bradley Beal in the Team USA camp this upcoming Monday. Beal has played for USA in the past, and even earned MVP honors for U17 championships in 2010. It’s been a long time since two members of the Washington Wizards had a chance to represent the country, so this will undoubtedly excite the fan base.
Congratulations to John Wall. Let’s hope we see a couple of Wizards rocking the USA jersey next month in Spain.