Andre Drummond is averaging 12.6 points and 12.6 rebounds this season. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News)
Jonas Jerebko was as happy as anyone when he heard Pistons teammate Andre Drummond was among 28 players selected to participate in Team USA’s tryout.
Drummond is trying to make the squad for the World championships this summer (Aug. 30-Sept. 14) in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
“He’s a great player; I understand why they want him on the team,” Jerebko said. “It doesn’t matter if it is international, NBA or whatever team he plays on, he is going to be good. He is definitely going to have to change his game a little bit. They are going to be in that lane, and (big men) are going to be waiting for him.”
Drummond said, “I am really excited to go to training camp and show Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) that I am a player that can be on the team and be a positive role model on and off the court.”
Drummond is averaging 12.6 points and 12.6 rebounds, leads the NBA in offensive rebounds (213) and is third in total rebounds (530).
The mini-camp, which includes big men such as Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard, is in July in Las Vegas.
“Having those guys to battle for a spot is going to be fun,” Drummond said. “Knowing I can use them as a stepping stone and a margin to see where I am and how much I have to work on.”
Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva sparked talk on Twitter the Pistons might be making a trade: “It’s inevitable, change is needed.”
Villanueva said that was not his intent.
“What I was saying is we have to do different things,” he said. “The way we approach things, the team or whatever it is we need to change it. We can’t keep doing the same thing and keep getting the same result.”
Villanueva said he knows what’s wrong. The Pistons routinely play well early and fall apart late. They led the Bucks by 10 points in the second half Wednesday, scored 16 in the fourth quarter and lost.
Here are the 28 players trying out for Team USA:
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls