Trae Young of the 2019 USA Men's Select Team attends a practice session at the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team World Cup minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on August 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Minor injury forces Trae Young to leave USA Select Team

Trae Young announced that he had to leave the USA Select Team due to a minor injury. The Hawks point guard has an eye infection, according to ESPN.

In a statement posted on social media Thursday, Young wrote: “It is with deep sadness that I have to leave USA Basketball Minicamp to deal with a minor injury. Although I look forward to seeing Coach (Gregg) Popovich and the Team bring home the Gold this summer, I feel it’s most important for me at this moment in my career to focus on my health and preparing for the NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks. Finally, I want to thank USA Basketball and I look forward to hopefully having another opportunity in the future!”

Young was taking part at the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, playing with the Select Team to help the senior team prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China. Hawks teammate John Collins is also a part of the 13-player Select Team.

Team USA is holding its training camp, under the direction of head coach Popovich, this week and will trim its final roster to 12 players. The World Cup will be played Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is an assistant coach for the national team,

Young is coming off a Rookie of the Year runner-up campaign with the Hawks in which he averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists.

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