Derrick Rose makes cut, part of 12-man Team USA roster

Derrick Rose makes cut, part of 12-man Team USA roster
August 23, 2014, 12:00 am
Mark Strotman

Derrick Rose is heading to Spain.

Director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced USA Basketball's final 12-man roster early Saturday morning, and Rose was among those selected to the team.

Rose, who scored six points and handed out four assists in USA's 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico on Friday, joins Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving as the three point guards on the roster. Point guard Damian Lillard was one of final three cuts made to get the roster down to 12 players. Small forwards Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons were the other two players cut Saturday.

"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,” Colangelo said in a press release. “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.”

[RELATED: Rose returns to Team USA in win over Puerto Rico]

Perhaps the biggest surprise was that Colangelo and Krzyzewski opted to keep all three big men DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee, who will join Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt.

Rudy Gay, who joined the team following Paul George's gruesome leg injury and Kevin Durant's decision to opt out following the Las Vegas training camp, was somewhat of a surprise considering his late addition, but as a member of the 2010 FIBA World Championships roster he had the experience Hayward and Parsons did not.

Here's a look at the final roster, by position:

PG: Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving
SG: James Harden, Klay Thompson
SF: DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay
PF: Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins
C: Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee

“The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” Krzyzewski said in a press release. “To select 12 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.”

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans head coach Monty Williams and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim round out the coaching staff.

Team USA will finished its exhibition tour on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain next week before training in Bilbao, Spain to ready themselves for preliminary round play beginning on Aug. 30.

Team USA will square off against Finald, Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine in pool play, with the top four teams from each group advancing to the round of 16. The gold medal game is slated for Sept. 14 in Madrid, Spain.