Hornets’ Zeller named to USA Men’s Select team

Cody Zeller (right) was one only two rookies to play in all 82 games last season.

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The Hornets’ Cody Zeller has been chosen as one of 13 players for the USA Men’s National Select Team, which will train with July 28-31 with Team USA in Las Vegas ahead of the FIBA World Cup.

Zeller was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second team after averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 17.3 minutes per game for Charlotte. He was the team’s only player to appear in all 82 games, and was one only two rookies to do so.

"As an organization, we’re excited that Cody has been selected by USA Basketball as one of 13 top young NBA players to comprise the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team," said Hornets general manager Rich Cho. "This is a great opportunity for Cody to gain invaluable experience practicing with some of the best basketball players in our country and will only help in his continued development as a player."

Joining Zeller are the Select squad are: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); and Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers).

"USA Basketball’s Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. "Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team."