March 5, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gonzaga University junior forward Adam Morrison, the leading scorer in NCAA Division I at 28.8 ppg, is one of the 23 players announced Sunday by USA Basketball who have been named to the historic 2006-2008 USA Men's Senior National Team program.
The selections were announced by USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.
"This is the first standing USA Men's Senior National Team and the 23 players selected will give us everything we need to form a great USA team," said Colangelo, who was appointed Managing Director of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program on April 27, 2005. "We feel we have versatility, shooters, size, quickness, role players, and defensive stoppers. In making the player selections we took into consideration the style of play anticipated to be used by the coaching staff.
"The first major competition we are selecting a team for is the 2006 FIBA World Championship. This is an important competition and we are taking this competition as seriously as we take the Olympics."
Joining Morrison on the 2006-08 USA Senior National Team are: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzlies); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); J.J. Redick (Duke University); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); Luke Ridnour (Seattle SuperSonics); Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).
Morrison and Redick, considered in most basketball circles the leading contenders for NCAA Player of the Year accolades, were the only two collegians selected. Morrison and the Bulldogs are hosted the West Coast Conference Tournament, Gonzaga facing the University of San Diego at 5 p.m. in the first semifinal.
"This is a great honor for Adam," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "I've always said it is a great honor to play for your country, but to have a chance to play in the Olympics takes that honor to a higher level."
"I was very pleased with the entire selection process. The manner in which it was conducted included all parts of United States' basketball, from the professional level to the colleges and high schools. Everyone was considered. It is obvious that we're not trying to put a collection of all-stars together. The goal is to put together as good of a basketball team as we possibly can. I believe we've done that with this group of players," said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
USA Basketball began filling its Senior National Team rosters with NBA players in 1992. Morrison is the first active West Coast Conference player to be named to the roster, although three players with WCC ties have been Olympians. John Stockton, a 1984 Gonzaga graduate and WCC Player of the Year who went on to a 19-year sure-bet Hall of Fame career with the Utah Jazz, was named to the first "Dream Team" of NBA stars in 1992. Stockton, the NBA's all-time leader in assists and steals, was selected to the Olympic team again in 1996. Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, 1955 graduates of the University of San Francisco, played in the 1956 Olympics.
USA Basketball experience is plentiful among the 23 players with 18 having suited up for USA Basketball previously. Six players, Anthony, James, Marion, Odom, Stoudemire and Wade, were members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that captured a bronze medal in Athens, Greece.
Players owning USA Basketball playing experience include: Anthony (2004 Olympics, 2002 Junior World Championship Qualifier, 2001 Youth Development Festival); Battier (2001 Goodwill Games, 1997 Nike Hoop Summit); Billups (1995 U.S. Olympic Festival); Bosh (2002 Junior World Championship Qualifier); Brand (2003 Olympic Qualifier, 2002 World Championship, 1999 Olympic Qualifier; 1998 Goodwill Games, 1997 Nike Hoop Summit); James (2004 Olympics, 2001 Youth Development Festival); Jamison (1995 Nike Hoop Summit); Johnson (2000 U21 World Championship Qualifier, 1998 Nike Hoop Summit); Marion (2004 Olympics, 2002 World Championship, 2001 Goodwill Games); Miller (1998 World Championship, 1997 U21 World Championship, 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival); Morrison (2004 U21 World Championship Qualifier); Paul (2004 U21 World Championship Qualifier, 2002 Youth Development Festival); Odom (2004 Olympics); Pierce (2002 World Championship,1996 U21 World Championship Qualifier, 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival); Redd (1999 World University Games); Redick (2005 U21 World Championship, 2003 U19 World Championship, 2001 Youth Development Festival, 2000 Youth Development Festival); Stoudemire (2004 Olympics); and Wade (2004 Olympics).
The 23 selectees are expect to report when the USA opens training in mid-July. The exact training dates and sites will be announced at a later date.
The USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will compete in the 2006 FIBA World Championship (Aug. 19-Sept. 3 in Saitama, Japan); if necessary the 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China).
The USA Senior National Team coaching staff for 2006-2008 is set. Krzyzewski was named on Oct. 26, 2005, head coach of the USA Senior Team program for 2006-2008. Named assistant coaches were Syracuse University (N.Y.) and Hall of Fame mentor Jim Boeheim, Phoenix Suns head mentor Mike D'Antoni, and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. Additionally, Rudy Tomjanovich, head coach of the gold medalist 2000 U.S. Olympic basketball team and head coach of the Houston Rockets NBA Championship teams in 1994 and 1995, was named Director of Scouting for the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program for 2006-08.
Since first fielding a USA Basketball team of legendary NBA stars in 1992, USA Basketball senior national teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in eight of 10 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 74-6 overall record (.925 winning percentage) in those international competitions and a record of 23-1 (.958 winning percentage) in exhibition games.
2006-08 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team
Name Pos Ht. Wt. DOB Current Team/College or High SchoolCarmelo Anthony F 6-8 230 5/29/84 Denver Nuggets / SyracuseGilbert Arenas G 6-4 210 1/06/82 Washington Wizards / ArizonaShane Battier F 6-8 220 9/09/78 Memphis Grizzlies / DukeChauncey Billups G 6-3 202 9/25/76 Detroit Pistons / ColoradoChris Bosh F 6-10 230 3/24/84 Toronto Raptors / Georgia TechBruce Bowen F 6-7 200 6/14/71 San Antonio Spurs / Cal State FullertonElton Brand F 6-8 254 3/11/79 Los Angeles Clippers / DukeKobe Bryant G 6-6 220 8/23/78 Los Angeles Lakers / Lower Merion H.S. (PA)Dwight Howard F/C 6-11 265 12/08/85 Orlando Magic / SW Atlanta Christian AcademyLeBron James F 6-8 240 12/30/84 Cleveland Cavaliers / St.Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)Antawn Jamison F 6-9 235 6/12/76 Washington Wizards / North CarolinaJoe Johnson G/F 6-7 230 6/29/81 Atlanta Hawks / ArkansasShawn Marion F 6-7 228 5/07/78 Phoenix Suns / UNLVBrad Miller C 7-0 261 4/12/76 Sacramento Kings / PurdueAdam Morrison F 6-8 205 7/19/84 Gonzaga University `07Lamar Odom F 6-10 230 11/06/79 Los Angeles Lakers / Rhode IslandChris Paul G 6-0 170 5/06/85 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets / Wake ForestPaul Pierce F/G 6-6 230 10/13/77 Boston Celtics / KansasJ.J. Redick G 6-4 190 6/24/84 Duke University `06Michael Redd G 6-6 215 8/24/79 Milwaukee Bucks / Ohio StateLuke Ridnour G 6-1 167 2/13/81 Seattle SuperSonics / OregonAmaré Stoudemire C 6-10 240 11/16/82 Phoenix Suns / Cypress Creek H.S. (FL)Dwyane Wade G 6-4 212 1/17/82 Miami Heat / MarquetteHead Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University (N.C.)Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (N.Y.)Assistant Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix SunsAssistant Coach: Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers