ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported that USA Basketball has extended an invitation to Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons to take part in Team USA’s Mini-Camp this July.
The rest of the group has yet to be announced, but the former second round draft pick is now beginning to gain recognition on the national scene. Parsons averaged 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in his second season after becoming the Rockets starting small forward in his rookie campaign. He had a break-out playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. Parsons had a stellar performance in game 4, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Parsons has also been in the news recently for hiring Dan Fegan as his agent, who also represents Dwight Howard. While it could just be a coincidence, the hiring can help put more interest in the Rockets for Fegan and Howard. Fegan was behind trying to get Howard to the Brooklyn Nets over the past year and a half, and eventually admitting to purposefully leaking scoops to reporters as part of an information war with Orlando Magic management as they tried to establish value for Howard.