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Andre Drummond finishes a tough alley-oop, makes his case for a Team USA spot (Video)

Eric Freeman
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Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond makes a dunk during a USA Basketball minicamp scrimmage Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas
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Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond makes a dunk during a USA Basketball minicamp scrimmage Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

With only a few weeks left until the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, Team USA must cut four players from the current injury-and-withdrawal-depleted group of 16 to a roster of 12. While the majority of that dozen seems decided already, several players are left to fight for the final few spots. That includes Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a 21-year-old with incredible athleticism that allows him to serve as a force on defensive, on the boards, and the finishing side of alley-oops. He's still a little raw and must prove himself to earn a berth on Team USA, but he's made it to this point in the process for good reason.

In Wednesday night's exhibition vs. the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Drummond made a strong case to turn his possibility of grabbing a roster spot into something closer to a likelihood. His best moment came late in the fourth quarter, when Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan found him for an alley-oop. Except Drummond had to do most of the work to complete the play. Check it out here:

Drummond finished Team USA's 102-65 blowout win with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, five rebounds (four offensive), and a steal in just over 16 minutes of play. That activity and his ability to defend the paint could prove the difference when it's time for Mike Krzyzewsi and his staff to decide which players to bring across the Atlantic.

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