Twelve basketball players will represent the United States men’s team in the Rio Olympics this summer.
DeMarcus Cousins will be among them. The former Kentucky star officially announced the news on Monday via Twitter.
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 27, 2016
It will be the first Olympics appearance for Cousins, who averaged 26.9 points per game and 11.5 rebounds last season with the Sacramento Kings. The six-year pro represented the United States at the 2014 FIBA World Cup where he averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals and shot a team-high 70.2 percent from the field in 13.8 minutes a game. He participated in all nine games en route to a gold medal.
Cousins will play alongside Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson.
Ten former Kentucky players have earned a gold medal, with Anthony Davis capturing the most recent in 2012. Davis was a finalist this season, but removed his name from contention as he recovers from offseason surgery, as did John Wall.
The U.S. will start training for the Olympics in Las Vegas and will compete against the USA Men’s Select Team, which features former Wildcats Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle.
Team USA will begin play on Aug. 6 against China at 6 p.m. ET.