In further evidence of Blake Griffin's position in this particular NBA draft, he was the only non-NBA player among the 25 selected to attend USA Basketball's July Mini camp in Las Vegas.
It's an honor for Griffin to be selected. Meanwhile, you have to wonder what USA Basketball is thinking by NOT including Eric Gordon on their list. Of the 25 players invited, seven just completed their rookie season in the league. Eric Gordon finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting - the top four vote getters (Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Brook Lopez and Russell Westbrook) will all attend the mini-camp, as will sixth place finisher Kevin Love. Meanwhile, two more guards from his draft class, D.J. Augustin and Jerryd Bayless, got invitations, while Gordon did not.
But of course you'd definitely want Westbrook there instead of Gordon, because the international game is dominated by athletes, and outside shooting is relatively unimportant. Oh, wait a minute. Turns out, it's exactly the opposite. D'oh!