Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren named to USA Basketball player pool for 2024 Olympics

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren was among 41 players named to the USA Basketball men’s national team player pool for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris, France.

The pool features several high-profile players, such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving. The group of players will eventually be pared down to a final 12-member roster, which will be announced at a later date.

Holmgren previously participated with the USA Basketball select team last year and scrimmaged against the national team ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. He also helped the United States win the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup gold medal.

USA Basketball qualified for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games after finishing fourth in the FIBA Basketball World Cup last year. The group, led by Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards, finished as one of the top two countries in the Americas region.

The work to field the Olympic roster reportedly began once the team failed to medal last year in the Philippines. The player pool was selected by a group led by managing director Grant Hill, who took over the position from Jerry Colangelo in April 2021.

Steve Kerr took over from Gregg Popovich as head coach and was assisted by Erik Spoelstra, Tyronn Lue and Mark Few in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. The quartet is expected to lead USA Basketball once again this summer in Paris.

USA Basketball will be looking for its fifth straight gold medal.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire