On Monday, USA Basketball announced that Bradley Beal was one of the 19 players selected to the 2014 Team USA men's national team training camp roster that will play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Training camp will start from July 28 through August 1 in Las Vegas.
Beal, who is one of the NBA's best three point shooters will be competing for a spot against some steep competition. The other guards on the roster include Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and Klay Thompson.
When asked about how he felt about being on the Team USA training camp roster, here is what Beal told Michael Lee:
I feel as though I can come in and make the impact and be the best I can be. That’s all I can ask for. I’m granted a great opportunity. Not many  year olds have a chance to represent their country and play in the Olympics so whatever it takes, I’m going to go out there and bust my butt and prove to Coach K that I’m capable of playing for him.
That leads us to John Wall, who was left out of the 19-man roster.
Late Sunday night, even before the announcement was official, we learned from Adrian Wojnarowski that Wall would not be invited, though the door wasn't necessarily closed either:
Wizards guard John Wall won't be included on USA Basketball roster Monday, but could be added for camp/World Cup later, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 14, 2014
This was definitely disappointing because you can make an argument that Wall should be invited to the training camp roster.
Last week, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook decided that he will not play on the World Cup team, after playing on the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympic teams. Then Derrick Rose has sat out most of the last two seasons due to injuries.
However, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo have preferred point guards who can also play off the ball, or are very skilled shooters. At least some of the point guards on the training camp roster, like Curry, Lillard, and (sigh) Irving are better shooters than Wall is, even considering his considerable improvement last season.
So, it is a disappointment that Wall was left out once again from being in consideration for Team USA. However, this should also help him keep a chip on his shoulder heading into next season.
And for Beal, let's all hope he has a great training camp and makes the FIBA World Cup Team this August!