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Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker, Gary Harris make USA Basketball select team

CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic - UCLA v Duke

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Rodney Hood #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts with teammate Jabari Parker #1 after his basket was disallowed in the second half against the UCLA Bruins during the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic on December 19, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Mike Krzyzewski has used his status as Team USA coach to his advantage.

That means former Duke players like Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker get the benefit of the doubt with the American basketball program.

Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times:

Chris Haynes of

Hood, Parker and Gary Harris join known selectteam members:

  • Marcus Smart
  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Julius Randle
  • C.J. McCollum
  • Myles Turner
  • Brice Johnson
  • Devin Booker
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Stanley Johnson
  • Zach LaVine

I’m more bullish on Hood’s chances of someday making an Olympic team than anyone else on that list. A quality outside shooter, he has developed impressively as a playmaker. His 6-foot-8 frame gives him immense defensive potential.

Harris was one of the NBA’s most improved players. The Nuggets guard is absolutely on the right track.

Parker had a nice second season to follow his injury-shortened rookie year. If he expands his shooting range beyond the arc, he’ll really be onto something. That could be the difference between Parker being a solid NBA player and someone who deserves legitimate national-team consideration.