Atlanta Hawks stars John Collins and Trae Young were named to the USA Basketball Men’s Select Team on Thursday.
The 13-man roster will work out against and train with the U.S. National Team from Aug. 5 to 8 in Las Vegas. The two teams will play against each another in the USA Blue vs White game Aug. 9 (7 p.m. PDT) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The selection of Collins and Young, two of the NBA’s young rising stars, is no surprise after the season they both had.
Collins, a first-round pick during the 2017 draft, in his second year displayed all the ability of one of the top forwards in the league after averaging 19.0 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game last season.
He raised all of his averages from his rookie season, including field goal percentage (56%) and three-point percentage (.348%). The Wake Forest product had 32 double-doubles last season as well.
Young, the runner-up for Rookie of the Year this season, led all Eastern Conference players in total assists (653) and all rookies in total points (1,549).
Along with averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game, Young, out of Oklahoma, averaged 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in 30 minutes of play. Young’s 18 20-point/10-assist games also led the conference and was the third most by a rookie in league history.
Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce will also be spending some time in Las Vegas as a member of the U.S. National Team coaching staff.
Pierce will be an assistant under San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich, along with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Villanova University head men’s basketball coach Jay Wright, a two-time national championship winner.
The remainder of the U.S. Select team will include Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks) and Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns), who both played for Wright at Villanova; Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Landry Shamet (Los Angeles Clippers); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
The Select Team will be coached by former Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who currently works for ESPN as an NBA color analyst. Gonzaga head men’s basketball coach Mark Few will assist Van Gundy.