Jon Leuer will get a chance to go head-to-head with the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade this summer.
The 6-foot-10 forward, who is entering his senior season at the University of Wisconsin, has been named to the USA men's select team that will head to Las Vegas later this month to help the U.S. men's national team prepare for the FIBA World Championships.
The Select Team will assemble July 19, then train with the national team from July 20-23 at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
The World Championships will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12 in Turkey.
"We believe bringing in a USA Basketball select team will help the USA national team be better prepared for the upcoming FIBA World Championship," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.
"We had USA select teams comprised of young, up-and-coming NBA players train against the national team in 2007 and 2008. That proved not only beneficial for our national team, but also for the select team players who got a great training opportunity and became involved in USA Basketball's pipeline.
"This will be a tremendous opportunity for these collegians to be involved in USA Basketball and to get a look at the next level."
Leuer is one of five Big Ten players who were chosen for the select team, along with William Buford (Ohio State), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), John Shurna (Northwestern) and Mike Tisdale (Illinois).
The 20-man roster will also feature: Lavoy Allen (Temple), LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse), Shelvin Mack (Butler), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Kyle Singler (Duke), Chris Singleton (Florida State), Nolan Smith (Duke); Howard Thompkins (Georgia), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Chris Wright (Dayton) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).
Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Villanova's Jay Wright will serve as co-head coaches of the USA Select Team.
"The USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee is thrilled to be able to give some of the top older college players this opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball this summer. I want to thank Jerry (Colangelo) and Mike Krzyzewski for involving the college players," said Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball men's junior national team committee and an assistant coach with the national team.
"These 20 players now have an opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball in a summer when they normally wouldn't and they'll get a chance to play against some great NBA players. It will help them improve and it will help our national team be better prepared for this summer's World Championship."
2010 USA Basketball Select Team
NAME POS HT WT YEAR COLLEGE
Lavoy Allen, C, 6-10, 225, Sr., Temple
William Buford, G, 6-5, 190, Jr., Ohio State
LaceDarius Dunn, F, 6-4, 205, Jr., Baylor
Jimmer Fredette, G, 6-2, 195, Sr., BYU
Scotty Hopson, G, 6-7, 200, Jr., Tennessee
Scoop Jardine, G, 6-2, 190, Jr., Syracuse
JaJuan Johnson, F, 6-10, 216, Sr., Purdue
Jon Leuer, C, 6-10, 230, Sr., Wisconsin
Shelvin Mack, G, 6-3, 215, Jr., Butler
Marcus Morris, F, 6-8, 225, Sr., Kansas
Jacob Pullen, G, 6-0, 200, Sr., Kansas State
John Shurna, F, 6-8, 210, Jr., Northwestern
Kyle Singler, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Duke
Chris Singleton, F, 6-9, 227, Jr., Florida State
Nolan Smith, G, 6-2, 185, Sr., Duke
Howard Thompkins, F, 6-10, 247, Jr., Georgia
Mike Tisdale, C, 7-1, 235, Sr., Illinois
Kemba Walker, G, 6-1, 172, Jr., Connecticut
Chris Wright, F, 6-8, 226, Sr., Dayton
Tyler Zeller, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., North Carolina
Coaches: Lorenzo Romar, Washington; Jay Wright, Villanova