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September 15, 2014 Updates
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Pistons center Andre Drummond was an active participant in the practice’s final 15 minutes, open to the media, shooting free throws and working one-on-one with U.S. assistant coach Andre Griffin. “We’ve played hard this whole tournament and have given it our all,” Drummond told the Free Press after Saturday’s practice. “We’re excited to be here and we’re mentally ready for this game.” Detroit Free Press

September 5, 2014 Updates

“It’s fine; we’re winning basketball games, and that’s the most important part about this experience,” Drummond said when asked about his reduced role. “If I don’t get the opportunity to play, the coaching staff knows what they’re doing, and it just wasn’t the right time for me to be on the court.” Detroit Free Press

“It’s fine; we’re winning basketball games, and that’s the most important part about this experience,” Drummond said when asked about his reduced role. “If I don’t get the opportunity to play, the coaching staff knows what they’re doing, and it just wasn’t the right time for me to be on the court.” Drummond’s limited playing time comes as no surprise on a stacked Team USA roster that includes NBA All-Star and 2012 Olympian Anthony Davis and rising star DeMarcus Cousins at center. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has taken advantage of international opponents’ inferior size by pounding the ball inside, and the Americans have relied primarily on Davis, Cousins and power forward Kenneth Faried to carry the scoring load. Detroit Free Press

August 29, 2014 Updates

Drummond also expressed appreciation Thursday for the FIBA international regulations of play. Often a victim of NBA offensive goaltending rules, the Pistons center cited a more lax policy with FIBA — allowing offensive players to touch the ball inside the cylinder of the rim. “The FIBA game is great for me; I can really use that rule to our benefit,” he said. But the switch from NBA to FIBA has also required some adjustments. Besides learning to play with new teammates, Drummond said the reduced physicality of international league play is a challenge NBA players have to adapt to. “The refs just watch out more for certain things to make sure players don’t get hurt,” he said. Detroit Free Press

August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward. “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.” USA Basketball

August 22, 2014 Updates

For the second time in three games, Andre Drummond didn't play in one of Team USA's exhibitions. That might not bode well for Drummond's chances of making the team that will travel to Spain for the upcoming World Cup. The Detroit Pistons center is battling for the No. 3 center's job behind Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. And despite scoring 12 points in a rout over the Dominican Republic, he didn't get off the bench in Friday's 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. Booth Newspapers

August 19, 2014 Updates
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Drummond wasn’t supposed to be ready to play as a rookie when the Pistons stole him with the No. 9 pick in 2012, but he wound up playing a major role as a rookie and cemented his place as one of the league’s future great big men. He wasn’t supposed to be a part of the United States national team just yet, either, but he’s ready for the future to be now. “I don’t plan on going home,” he said of his ultimate fate with roster decisions looming. “I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job here these past couple of weeks really proving I could be a part of this team. We have a lot of great players out here. I’m not going to back down. I know what’s at stake. I want to win a gold medal.” NBA.com

August 5, 2014 Updates

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

August 1, 2014 Updates

"Greg knows what it is," Andre Drummond said at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus. "I've told him multiple times that he needs to come on home. Greg knows what it is," Drummond said at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus. "I've told him multiple times that he needs to come on home. I need him there, and all the guys would love to have him back as well. At the end of the day, he's got to do what's best for him and his family. I still have high hopes, and I'm pretty sure he is coming home, so I'm excited for this season." USA Today Sports

Drummond said Thursday that he is pretty certain that Monroe’s contract impasse will be resolved and Monroe will be wearing a Pistons uniform next season. “Greg knows what it is,” Drummond said at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus. “I’ve told him multiple times that he needs to come on home. “I need him there, and all the guys would love to have him back as well. At the end of the day, he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family. “I still have high hopes, and I’m pretty sure he is coming home, so I’m excited for this season.” Detroit Free Press

July 27, 2014 Updates

The 19 players on the roster will train all week before a Friday night exhibition game. The roster could be cut to 15 players after camp, and the final 12 will be selected before the team leaves next month for the World Cup in Spain. It could be a stepping-stone to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “He’s a big, strong, young man with a terrific future, and he’s got a great attitude to go along with it,” U.S. managing director Jerry Colangelo said of Drummond recently. “Because size is important in international play, his rebounding, his shot-blocking ability makes him a candidate. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s progressed since we saw him last when we had our camp last year.” Detroit Free Press

July 22, 2014 Updates
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The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

The team reports to Las Vegas on July 27 under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and is scheduled to play a showcase game Aug. 1 at the Thomas and Mack Center. From there, the players venture to Chicago for more training, Aug. 14-16, with a game at the United Center against Brazil at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Drummond and crew then head to New York where they are scheduled to play games at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22. Then, Aug. 24-26, the hectic schedule shifts to Gran Canaria, Spain, with a game against Slovenia. Detroit Free Press

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