Wednesday , Jul , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

USA Basketball adds Hinrich

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – USA Basketball announced on Wednesday
it has added Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich to the 2006-08 men’s senior
national team.

Hinrich wrapped up his third NBA season last year in Chicago by averaging a
career-high 15.9 points per game in addition to 6.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and
1.16 steals per game in a career-high 81 games. His addition brings USA’s
roster to 24 players.

“We’re happy to add Kirk. He is a great competitor who should excel in
international play,” said team managing director Jerry Colangelo. “His game
continues to progress and we believe he will fit in well with the style of
play we anticipate playing.”

Hinrich was selected by the Bulls seventh overall in the 2003 draft after
spending four seasons at the University of Kansas. He was also a member of
the 1999 USA Basketball junior national select team.

“It’s an honor to be invited to represent the United States and play for USA
Basketball. Our team has incredible talent and I look forward to doing
anything I can to contribute to make the team as good as it can be,” said
Hinrich. “I love my country and the opportunity to bring home a gold medal is
a dream come true.”

Other talents on team USA include Miami’s Dwayne Wade, Cleveland’s LeBron
James and Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles. The squad opens training on July 19 in
Las Vegas.