Team USA center Andre Drummond waits for a ball during a practice session at Mendenhall Center. / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Pistons center Andre Drummond did not play Friday night in a 112-86 exhibition victory by the U.S. over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he did get some good news afterwards.
Drummond made the U.S. team that will compete in the upcoming Basketball World Cup.
Drummond had 12 points (including an impressive dunk) and five rebounds in 16 minutes in Wednesday’s win over the Dominican Republic. He did not play in the previous exhibition against Brazil last Saturday.
Drummond joins DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar Derozan, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Mason Plumlee, Derrick Rose and Klay Thompson.
“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” team manager Jerry Colangelo said in a release. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”
Friday night was Drummond’s last audition in his bid to make the U.S. roster for the upcoming Basketball World Cup, but he sat on the bench all game. The Americans have 16 players on the roster and must get down to 12. Reports earlier in the week indicated that Drummond likely would be among the cuts.
“I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellentversatility and the makings of a really good defensive team,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski in a release.
The Americans leave today for Spain, where they will finish their preparations with a final exhibition against Slovenia on Tuesday. The World Cup opens Aug. 30.