Three former Kentucky Wildcats have been named to the 2016 2016 USA Basketball Select team.
They include Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, Lakers forward Julius Randle and Suns guard Devin Booker. Those three will be part of a 15-man squad that competes against the USA Basketball Men's Team.
Booker enjoyed a great rookie season with the Suns. Booker didn’t play consistent minutes until after Christmas, and his numbers starting at that point were impressive for a 19-year-old rookie: 34.4 minutes, 17.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest.
That stretch included six 30-point games, part of the fourth-youngest run in NBA history to 1,000 points behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. That earned him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Stein made the All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 7.0 points (.563 FG%, .648 FT%), 5.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks and 21.4 minutes per game in 66 games, of which he started 39.
As for Randle, the Lakers big man averaged 11.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting with 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.7 steals in 28.2 minutes per game this past season. He grabbed the third-most defensive rebounds (657) of any player after only Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan.
While those former Cats are practicing for the select team, several other Cats are competing for a spot on the actual team that will play in the Olympics. Wizards guard John Wall, Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis are among those vying for a spot in Rio this summer as part of the 2016 Olympics.
Here is the full list of players picked for the select squad: Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia); Devin Booker (Suns); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons); Willie Cauley-Stein (Kings); Kris Dunn (Providence College); Aaron Gordon (Magic); Jerami Grant (76ers); Gary Harris (Nuggets); Rodney Hood (Jazz); Brandon Ingram (Duke University); Brice Johnson (University of North Carolina), Stanley Johnson ( Pistons); Zach LaVine (Timberwolves); CJ McCollum (Blazers); Doug McDermott (Bulls); Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets); Jahlil Okafor (76ers); Jabari Parker (Bucks); Julius Randle (Lakers); D’Angelo Russell (Lakers); Marcus Smart (Celtics); Myles Turner (Pacers); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University); Justise Winslow (Heat) and Cody Zeller (Hornets).