Mason Plumlee will be a member of the U.S. select team that will practice against the men’s national team later this month in preparation for the FIBA World Cup this fall.
Plumlee was a first team All-Rookie selection and averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season for the nets. He averaged 18 PPG in the recently completed Orlando Summer League earlier this month. Playing on the select team is seen as a gateway into the pool for the national team. Current Team USA players such as Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving once practiced with the select team.
The FIBA World Cup — formerly known as the World Championships — will be held on Aug. 30 – Sept. 14 in Spain. Irving heads Team USA.
Brian ErniI’m really excited about the prospect of Plumlee getting some more mentoring to help with his development. Last year, Plumlee really seemed to benefit being around veteran basketball minds, and that was never more evident when he stepped in for Kevin Garnett while KG was battling his back spasms. Now, he’ll get an up close and personal look at the national team; guys who are performing at the top of their game and have gone through the growing pains of being a young player in the NBA. This can only help, and I’m glad he’ll have the opportunity.