In a way, things are trending up for Pac-12 basketball. The conference, which sent two teams to the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament recently, had three players selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft and now has four former players selected to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team men’s basketball roster.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team includes the following former Pac-12 players:
James Harden (Arizona State; Oklahoma City Thunder)
Andre Iguodala (Arizona; Philadelphia 76ers)
Kevin Love (UCLA; Minnesota Timberwolves)
Russell Westbrook (UCLA; Oklahoma City Thunder)
Iguodala, Love and Westbrook were all members of the 2010 World Championship gold medalist team.
Other members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team include: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); LeBron James (Miami Hear) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).
In response to making the Olympic Team, Iguodala tweeted, “Very honored to be selected to 2012 USA men’s basketball team. Thanks to all fans and supports for prayers.”
James Harden posted a similar tweet acknowledging the honor: “Being a part of this USA Basketball Olympic team is a honor.”
The U.S. team is led by Duke basketball’s Coach Krzyzewski, who also led the team to a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For more details, including the upcoming U.S. basketball schedule, click here to go the the NBA’s official release regarding the Olympic announcement.
In honor of these former players from the Pac-12, here are some career video highlights, along with some of their college basketball stat highlights.