The addition of Hinrich comes one day after Orlando Magic rookie
guard J.J. Redick announced he would not be able to participate
in tryouts for Team USA due to a back injury.
Redick and forward Adam Morrison, the third overall pick in last
month's draft, were the only college players selected to fight
for a roster spot on Team USA.
Now Hinrich, who averaged 15.9 points and 6.3 assists in his
third season with the Bulls in 2005-06, will get a chance to
battle for a roster spot on the team that will participate in
August's FIBA World Championships in Japan.
"It's an honor to be invited to represent the United States and
play for USA Basketball," Hinrich said.
Hinrich raised his numbers to 20.5 points and 7.7 assists in
Chicago's six playoff games.
"Kirk is a terrific addition to our USA Senior Team," USA coach
Mike Krzyzewski said. "He is an excellent passer and the kind
of guard who excels in an up-tempo offense."
After training camp, the roster will be whittled from 24 to 15
players, then trimmed to 12 for the World Championships, which
begin Aug. 19 in Japan.
The U.S. is in Group D with 2004 Olympic silver medalist Italy,
Puerto Rico, Slovenia, China and Senegal.
The winner of the 24-nation World Championships receives an
automatic berth to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. If Team
USA does not win, it must qualify through the 2007 FIBA
Tournament of the Americas.