Coach K was very close to becoming an Enemy of the Commonwealth earlier this summer when reports surfaced that he was going to pick Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA; however, he redeemed himself (slightly) when he kept Boogie on the final roster. In fact, Krzyzewski told ESPN this week that Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup in Team USA’s rotation.
Boogie told USAB.com that making the team was “a huge accomplishment” that he’s been working all summer towards, and makes him realize how far he’s come from his childhood in Mobile, Alabama:
“Me and my mom talk about it all the time. My story is crazy. Anything that I’ve been through, anything that I have accomplished, it was always the hard way. Nothing ever came easy for me, and that is just something that I have kind of accepted. I know it’s never come easy for me, and I think that is why I am the way I am.”
DeMarcus, Anthony, and Team USA take on Finland in their first game of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Keep making us proud, guys.