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Kyrie Irving Reportedly Picked For USA Select Team

Kyrie Irving has been selected to the USA Select Team, which scrimmages with the National Team in preparation for the Summer Olympics. If history is any indication, this should put Irving in prime position to compete for a spot on the National Team down the road.

March 13, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the game against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
March 13, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the game against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been chosen as a member of the 2012 USA Select Team, according to the Plain Dealer's Reed Boyer:

The Select Team is comprised of young NBA players and will scrimmage the National Team. This year's roster, which is not yet complete, also includes John Wall.

The Select Team has in the past worked as a feeder program for the National Team. Members of the 2008 Select Team included 2012 Team USA finalists such as Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love, among others.

Irving seems a no-brainer for the Select Team. He led all rookies in scoring at 18.5 points per game, shooting 46.9 precent from the floor and 39.9 percent from downtown. He was also good for 5.4 assists per game, second among rookies.

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