Detroit Pistons and former University of Kentucky standout Tayshaun Prince is among four players added Tuesday to USA Basketball’s 2010-12 National Team.
The additions of Prince, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings) and Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder) puts the National Team roster at 31 players.
“We’re excited about the addition of these four outstanding players,” Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman, said in a press release. “Tayshaun is a versatile veteran who returns to the program after helping the United States win gold in the (2008) Olympics and at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, which served as our zone’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“Jeff was part of the 2008 USA Select Team that trained against the Olympic team and he was again impressive last summer at the national team mini-camp. And in adding Tyreke and Stephen we have brought into the national team fold two of the game’s most exciting and promising newcomers.”
Prince has played in 28 games for Team USA, averaging 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Limited to 49 games this season due to a back injury, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Pistons, shooting 48.6 percent from the field.
Previously named to the National Team were 2008 Olympians: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz), Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) and Deron Williams (Jazz). Also named were 2004 Olympic bronze-medalists Lamar Odom (Lakers) and Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns).
Also on the National Team roster: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Chauncey Billups (Denver); Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City); Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Al Jefferson and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); David Lee (New York Knicks); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kendrick Perkins (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats).
Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski is head coach, assisted by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Mike D’Antoni (Knicks) and Nate McMillan (Trail Blazers).