The official roster has been released for Team USA basketball's 2015 mini-camp and the Big Ten is set to be well represented at the event. With a few former players set to be on the roster and compete with the United States' best players this summer, it should be an exciting time for the Big Ten.
In total, three players from the Big Ten will be joining the roster as Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Michigan State's Draymond Green, and Ohio State's Mike Conley are set to join Team USA this summer. All three players boast impressive accolades during their time in the Big Ten with both Conley and Green participating in Final Four games during their careers and Oladipo earning All-American status in 2013.
The United States has historically led the world in international basketball competition as the nation has dominated men's basketball in the Olympics since its inclusion in 1936. In total, the USA has won the gold medal 15* of the 18 times that the sport has appeared in the Olympics including both the 2008 games in Beijing, China and the 2012 games in London, England.
Many NBA superstars are also set to be on the roster including James Harden, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook among others. Though no rosters will be set for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at this mini-camp, it would be expected that if players perform well that they could help their chances to land a roster spot for next summer.
It should be exciting to see how Conley, Green, and Oladipo perform in the event, but regardless, it's huge distinction for the Big Ten to be sending three players to help prepare Team USA for international play.
(* - includes the botched 1972 Olympics where the USA was cheated out of a gold medal.)