Former UCLA basketball player Jrue Holiday has been added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 6-11 against the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team during training camp in Las Vegas, Nev.
A three-year point guard with the Philadelphia 76ers, Holiday has become the 15th player USA Basketball has named to the USA Select squad. As a freshman at UCLA in 2008-09, Holiday averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, starting all 35 games for the Bruins.
"In naming Jrue to our Select Team, we've added an athletic guard who can get to the rim and someone who is also a good 3-point shooter," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "Both of those skills will be invaluable in helping prepare out National Team for this summer."
Holiday, the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, started for the 76ers in all 65 games in 2011-12 and averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals. He shot 43.2 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 78.3 percent from the foul line. In Philadelphia's 13 NBA playoff games in 2012, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists while hitting 40.8 percent of his 3-point tries.
Holiday has two previous USA Basketball experiences. He was a member of the USA Junior National Select Team that rolled to a 98-78 win at the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit. Holiday registered 22 minutes as a starter in the game and finished with 13 points and five assists. One year earlier he was selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival Blue Team that captured the silver medal.
Serving as co-head coaches of the USA Select Team are 2010 USA Basketball World Championship assistant coach Jay Triano and longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins.