Nets' Mason Plumlee among finalists for U.S. Basketball team

Mason Plumlee reacts after dunking the ball in Mason Plumlee reacts after dunking the ball in the first half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center on Feb. 9, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Nets forward/center Mason Plumlee was named one of 16 finalists for the 12-man U.S. national team that will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain, from Aug 28 to Sept. 14.

Plumlee will continue training in Chicago on Aug. 14 with Team USA, which will play an exhibition game against Brazil two days later.

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Wizards backcourt duo John Wall and Bradley Beal, as well as Hawks forward Paul Millsap were the latest cuts from coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad.

"It's just a matter of finding what chemistry that we can develop with the entire group," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "I don't think we'll know that until we play some exhibition games."

Plumlee appeared in 70 games (22 starts) and averaged 7.4 points as a rookie. He was named an to the NBA's All-Rookie first team.

"It's quite an honor to be added to the National Team and to be a finalist for the World Cup roster," Plumlee said in a statement. "I am very much looking forward to training camp in Chicago as the next step in representing our country as a member of USA Basketball."

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