Northwestern's Chris Collins has been tabbed to lead the U.S. Select team that will compete against the U.S. national team. Collins will be working with the U.S.A. select team that will compete against the men's national team in Las Vegas.
Collins was supposed to be coaching the Bulls' Jimmy Butler ironically against Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau is assisting Collins' college coach, Duke' Mike Krzyzewski. Collins has past experience working with the Men's National Team per his Northwestern Bio.
Collins also served as a court coach and scout for Mike Krzyzewski, assisting the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff with on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including during the program's gold-medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympics.
Collins will be familiar with a few of the players from his days assisting Krzyzewski at Duke. Collins helped coach Miles and Mason Plumlee at Duke and against Harrison Barnes from North Carolina.
A plethora of Big Ten alumni will also compete for the select team. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr from Michigan, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo from Indiana and Draymond Green from Michigan State will all play for Collins. They all last played in the Big Ten in 2013. Collins didn't arrive in Evanston until the 2013-14 season.
NBCSports.Com has a great take on how well Collins coaching the select team will help NU. It can only help NU's recruiting profile and increase Collins stature on the national scene.
Collins will also be coaching Bulls rookie Doug McDermott with Butler. That has to help him recruit locally.
Collins and the select team will go against Derrick Rose among others August 16th at the United Center.