Victor Oladipo had an idea of what to expect when he and Orlando Magic teammate Tobias Harris joined USA Basketball’s select team.

Oladipo knew the select team’s job was to help the national team prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, and he also understood just how good national team standouts Kevin Durant, Paul George and Anthony Davis are.

But over three recent days in a Las Vegas gym, Oladipo learned something else: just how passionate and focused USA Basketball practices are.

“I’m going to take a little bit of what I learned and I’m just going to apply it to my everyday life,” Oladipo said after he returned to Orlando on Thursday. “I think the biggest thing was just the intensity everybody played with. It was amazing, and I could definitely learn from that.

“Going up against the best in the world every day, for three days straight, was crazy. It definitely helped me realize where I was at and what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. And it gave me a little bit of confidence as well. I’m just going to try to carry it over to the team, and I’m looking forward to bringing the same intensity that was there every day to the Orlando Magic as well.”

Oladipo’s and Harris’ stints with the select team arrived at a beneficial time for them and the Magic.

Now that Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo are no longer on the team, Oladipo, Harris and center Nik Vucevic will be expected to take on more obvious leadership roles on and off the court.