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Men's Hoops: Morrison eager to play for U.S. national team
Seattle Times staff reporter
SPOKANE — Adam Morrison, Gonzaga's junior standout, called it "a great honor" when he was named Sunday to the 23-man United States men's national basketball team announced by team managing director Jerry Colangelo.
"I'm going there with the mind-set I have nothing to lose," said Morrison, after the Zags had survived San Diego's upset bid in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Morrison was one of two collegians named to the program, the other his primary competition for national player of the year, Duke's J.J. Redick.
Morrison said he learned of his selection "about a week ago. I'm honored to have a chance to compete at that level."
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski will coach the team, in a new format designed to give more continuity to the Americans' efforts in the Olympics and other major international competitions.
The world championships this year are the first competition that will take place under the revised format. The U.S. roster will be pared to 12 players for that event.
"I get a chance to stay with that group two years and hopefully make the  Olympics," Morrison said, stressing he would have chances later to make the team for specific competitions if he gets cut for one.
"This is a great honor for Adam," said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. "I've always said it's a great honor to play for your country, but to have a chance to play in the Olympics takes that honor to a higher level."
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