Former Simeon high school star Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick by the Bulls in the recent NBA Draft, was among the players chosen for the the U.S. Select team roster that will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team next week.
Former Simeon high school star Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick by the Bulls in the recent NBA Draft, was among the players chosen for the the U.S. Select team roster that will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team next week. Also selected to the squad were NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durrant, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Jeff Green of the Sonics, former Manley High School and University of Illinois star Luther Head of the Houston Rockets, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Martin of the Sacramento Kings, O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies and Rodney Stuckey of the Detroit Pistons. Rose said he is looking forward to getting a chance to scrimmage against the likes of Olympians Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade. ”It’s a great honor,” Rose said. ”To know you’re doing something to help the Olympic basketball team come back with the gold, I’ll always feel I’ll be a part of it.” The select team will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team in Las Vegas next Monday through Thursday. The team, which will be coached by Oklahoma City Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo, begins training Sunday. ”The experience Derrick will get competing with the best players in the world will be invaluable for him as a young player,” Bulls general manager John Paxson said. ”This is a chance for him to see how the great players approach the game and work to be the best the NBA has to offer. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.