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June 12, 2013
DeMarcus Cousins accepts invitation to Team USA minicamp

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is one of 27 players invited to attend the USA Men's Basketball minicamp July 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Cousins was apart of the USA Select Team that played against the USA Olympic Team last summer.

The invitees also include former Oak Ridge High School and Cal star Ryan Anderson.

Some wondered if Cousisn would be in the group after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Cousins needed to mature last summer.

But again, Cousins is the only King represented on a bigger stage outside of Sacramento. Three years ago it would have been assumed Tyreke Evans would be in the mix, too.

Evans game hasn't taken off the way many assumed it would while Cousins continues to show the premium placed on talented big men.

"The majority of these players have prior USA Basketball experience including 10 members of last summer's USA Select Team that helped prepare the U.S. Olympic Team," Colangelo said in a statement. "This year is an important first step in the rebuilding of the USA National Team roster for the 2014-16 international competitions, and we believe we have compiled a roster of not only outstanding basketball talents, but individuals who will represent the United States in the manner we expect."

The players confirmed to attend are:

Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

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