Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee will be included on the USA Basketball Select Team that will work out with and against the men’s national squad as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup in Spain, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Plumlee’s summer has already gone quite well. After becoming the surprise starter for the Suns last season, he’s focused this summer on growing as an offensive post threat. He’s also improved on the defensive end, where he’s become more mature. After the 2013-14 season, Plumlee said he wanted to take a leadership role on that end of the court.
“There’s a lot of ways I can improve just being a little more intelligent,” he said. “I think that sometimes I’m too much of a help defender and you got to realize when you can get something and when you can’t – and not giving up rebounding position going to block shots.
“That’s just one part of defense,” Plumlee added. “I think I really need to be more vocal and be the anchor to our schemes ’cause the guards can’t really see what’s going on up there, so it’s up to me to let them know.”
Plumlee’s grown on defense during summer league. While incorporating a mid-range face-up game and passing out of the post, Plumlee has carried the Summer Suns by averaging 11 rebounds and two blocks per game. Plumlee, who averaged 8.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season, will have a great opportunity to work out with some of the better big men in the league.
Plumlee will be joined in the USA camp in Las Vegas by brother Mason, another select team member. He’ll face off against DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond, all of whom will be vying for the 12 roster spots on the final team that will trek to the World Cup.