As hordes of roster hopefuls completed their NBA auditions at the Las Vegas Summer League this week, a crop of league standouts arrived in Sin City to put their talent on display and under the microscope.
Team USA's 2013 minicamp kicked off on Monday, with 28 of the nation's top rising stars getting three days of practice and a Thursday night intrasquad scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center to convince the decision-makers that they're worthy of consideration for future international competitions.
The camp's roster carries tremendous weight in basketball circles of both the casual and diehard variety. If you aren't familiar with these 28 players yet, it won't be long before they're racing up your fantasy draft boards and becoming embedded in your hoops vernacular.
But this isn't a complete collection of the league's brightest young guns. There's a laundry list of excuses from the players who declined their invitations to the camp, whether there were scheduling conflicts, injury concerns or, of course, the dog that ate their invites.
With the hoops world focused on the players who did make the journey, we're here to shine a light on those who passed on this tremendous opportunity.
Are all of their absences excusable? We'll let you be the judge.