Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox is quietly having an incredibly busy offseason. If it’s not he’s not making free money off Hulu he’s dropping his own line of Nike‘s. Head and Shoulder commercials coupled with visits to Jimmy Kimmel Live! have occupied his free time. And oh yeah, he also finished third in the NBA’s voting for Most Improved Player after posting averages of 17 points and seven steals per game as a second-year point guard.
But now it’s time to go from competing for a MIP to winning an MVP. A solid first step is being named to the USA Men’s Select Team.
In a press release sent out by the NBA, Fox will join his teammate Marvin Bagley III on the Select Team, who is set to train with the USA Men’s National Team as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup in September.
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The Select Team is comprised of mostly younger players who have already proven to be NBA contributors such as Trae Young, John Collins, and Joe Harris. Fox’s other teammate, Harrison Barnes, is a member of the National Team.
Fox could even make his way onto the actual World Cup roster if he impresses during training camp.
“I think that’s probably what the discussion has been with (Fox),” USA Basketball Chief Communications Officer Craig Miller told The Sacramento Bee. “Right now he’s on the Select Team, but it is possible that he could be brought up.”
But even if he doesn’t make the National Team, learning under well-respected coaches such as Gregg Popovich, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Few is a major bonus for the former Wildcat. At 21-years-old, Fox is about to enter his third NBA season as one of the most promising young prospects in the entire league. Watching him dunk on the entire country of the Czech Republic would be something else.