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Raptors' DeMar DeRozan Selected for 2013 USA Basketball Mini-Camp

Mr. DeRozan is going back to camp this summer.

Dave Sandford

DeMar DeRozan is back with Team USA.

Well, as part of the program in any event.

USA Basketball today announced that DeRozan has been selected to participate in the Men's National Team mini-camp this summer being held from July 22 to 25 in Las Vegas. The camp will have a total of 27 players so DeRozan makes the cut for an elite group of top options for the US.

As noted, this isn't DeRozan's first stint with the program. He participated in the past as a member of the 2012 Select Team and the 2008 USA Junior National Select Team that competed in the Nike Hoops Summit.

Chairman of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo, had the following to say about the selections:

"The group of players we have assembled for the mini-camp are extremely talented and very versatile. This is an important opportunity for each one of them because we will be evaluating which players will continue to be involved in future USA National Team training camps and teams."

From a Raptors perspective, it's good to see DeRozan being included in this camp as it at the very least, it keeps his name and stature up there amongst NBA execs, which could help Masai Ujiri if he's eventually looking to move the former USC stud.

At best of course, it helps continue to improve DeRozan's game as for yet another summer, he spends some time facing off against the best in the league.