May 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Former University of Pittsburgh basketball player and current San Antonio Spurs player DeJuan Blair is one of 13 players selected by USA Basketball to play for the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team. The Select Team will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev. The USA Men’s Senior Team will represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this summer.
“The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men’s National Team’s training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we’ll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our National Team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “Being chosen for the Select Team is quite an honor, and it’s an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team finalists like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Iguodala, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team.”
Also named to the 2012 USA Basketball Select squad were: Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic/California); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz/Georgia Tech); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls/USC); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz/Butler); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs/San Diego State); Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks/Harvard); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State); and John Wall (Washington Wizards/Kentucky).
Blair and the Spurs have advanced to the Western Conference Finals after sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers in four games. San Antonio will play either the Los Angeles Lakers or Oklahoma City Thunder in the Finals. The winner will advance to the NBA Championship Series. Oklahoma City currently holds a 3-1 lead in its series against Los Angeles.
During the regular season, Blair started 62 of 64 games and averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He also shot .534 from the floor in 21.3 minutes per game, notched eight double-doubles, 30 double figure scoring games and six 20-point contests. His season-high was a 28-point, 12-rebound performance at Denver on February 23.