Monday morning, Team USA announced the 44 finalists that will have a chance to earn a spot on the official 12-member 2020 U.S Men’s Basketball Olympic team roster.
Three former Kentucky Wildcats earned spots on the preliminary roster in Anthony Davis, Bam Adebayo, and Devin Booker.
Davis is the only one of the three to have participated in the Olympics before. Before ever playing an NBA game, Davis represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics in London, where the team took home gold medal honors. While Davis played in the 2014 Basketball World Cup, he did not participate in the 2016 summer Olympics.
Adebayo is having a breakout season in his third year with the Miami Heat. The former Wildcat center will play in his first NBA all-star game next week as he’s averaging 16 points per game with 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
Finally, Booker has had another tremendous season with the Phoenix Suns as he’s averaging 26.7 points per game with 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds. Only 23-years old, Booker already earned a five-year, $158 million contract extension that he signed before the 2018-19 season.
This trio will look to join a long list of former Wildcats to represent Team USA in the Summer Olympics. Among those too, so include DeMarcus Cousins, Tayshaun Prince and Sam Bowie.
The final roster will be revealed later this year.