Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee will work out against the United States men’s national basketball team in Las Vegas later this month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Sources: More invitees to USA Basketball training camp to work against national team: Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and Phoenix's Miles Plumlee.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 18, 2014
Mason and older brother Miles are both products of Duke University, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who also coaches the US men’s basketball team. It pays off to succeed in a major program. (Also, to be good at basketball.) Nets team physicians Riley Williams and Mike Farber are also on the official staff.
The national team has a training camp scheduled for late July in Las Vegas, in advance of the FIBA World Cup, which takes place between August 30th and September 14th. Unfortunately, since Plumlee’s not an official part of the team, he won’t get another chance to play against naturalized Filipino citizen Andray Blatche, who is not Filipino, until next season.
Either way, it’s an honor for Plumlee, who was selected 22nd overall by the Nets in last year’s NBA draft after four years at Duke and played his way into a rotation spot with Brooklyn.