After defeating Puerto Rico, 112-86, in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden, team USA announced its final 12-man roster shortly after on early Saturday morning.
Of the 12 players named to team USA, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is one of them.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 23, 2014
Even after not playing in last nights exhibition game, DeRozan’s summer of hard work has paid off with team USA’s announcement to have DeRozan as part of the team’s final roster.
DeRozan will leave for Spain with team USA on Saturday, before playing in the FIBA World Cup that starts on August 30th.
A first time all-star last season, DeRozan has posted strong numbers throughout the team USA camp. During Wednesday’s 105-62 blowout win over the Dominican Republic, DeRozan posted a line of 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and a steal. DeRozan’s 13 points were tied for the team-high in points with former Raptor Rudy Gay.
Three weeks before this game, DeRozan led the team in scoring in the team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas. Although Paul George‘s injury overshadowed the scrimmage, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has spoken very highly of DeRozan since then.
Krzyzewski singles out DeMar DeRozan as someone who has played well “whenever there’s been live action” including scrimmages, games. — Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 21, 2014
This will be DeRozan’s first trip with team USA. The trip caps off what has been a summer of growth for DeRozan, as he continues to elevate his game.
I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the Raptors faithful when I say, Congratulations DeMar! All the best in Spain!