Jul 7, 2012 7:40 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's basketball player Andre Iguodala was named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, USA Basketball announced Saturday.
Iguodala, a 6-foot-6, 207-pound guard/forward is one of 12 members of the U.S. Olympic team. He was joined on the squad by 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); James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).
Iguodala, who just completed his eighth season in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia 76ers, is making his second consecutive appearance on a USA Basketball senior national team roster, as he was also a part of the Gold-medal-winning 2010 FIBA World Championship squad.
He is the third former Wildcat to appear in the Olympic Games, and the second to represent the United States. Richard Jefferson (1998-2001) represented the U.S. in the 2004 Athens Olympiad, while Robertas Javtokas (1999-2000) has been a member of the Lithuanian Olympic team in 2004, 2008 and is scheduled to participate in 2012.
"All of us here at Arizona would like to congratulate Andre Iguodala on making our 2012 Olympic basketball team," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "In today's world of pro sports, there aren't many accomplishments that hold the significance of making this team. Like Andre, our former players continue to set such a great example for the players currently in our program."
During the 2010 World Championship run, Iguodala averaged 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 58.8 percent from the field, and led the team with 16 steals. He started all nine games, averaging 18.9 minutes per game, and his 18 offensive rebounds were second-most on the club.
An Arizona letterwinner for two seasons (2002-04), averaged 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 62 collegiate appearances (34 starts). As a sophomore in 2003-04, he averaged 12.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and assists (4.9 apg). Iguodala was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and the ninth pick of the first round of the NBA Draft that season by Philadelphia.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England, July 27-Aug. 12. The U.S. earned its berth in the 12-team tournament by virtue of its victory at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)