A dream came true for Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs' forward confirmed Saturday he was selected by USA Basketball as part of the 24-player cadre from which Team USA will be selected to compete in the 2014 FIBA World Cup tournament, formerly the World Championships, in Spain. “When I was in high school, I hoped I might get picked for the 17-and-under national team, but it never happened,” Leonard said before Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Memphis Grizzlies. “It feels really good to get picked for this group.” Last summer, Leonard was part of the USA Basketball Select Team of young players that helped prepare Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Tournament. His play impressed USA Basketball officials, including Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo, who recently informed Leonard of his selection. The second-year forward from San Diego State hasn't decided yet if he will participate in a four-day Team USA camp scheduled for late July in Las Vegas. He has battled patella tendinitis in his left leg all season. “I know that camp is going to be fun, but I'm still debating if I'm going to go this summer,” he said. “I've got to get my knee healthy this offseason. That's the most important thing for me this summer.” Leonard is averaging 13.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 12 playoff games this spring.
Leonard selected for national team
San Antonio Express-News | May 26