Former Duke, UNC basketball players on US Olympic team

Kyrie Irving (left) and Harrison Barnes (right) (Ron Schwane/Tony Dejak)

Not only is Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski leading the men's U.S. Olympic basketball team, but two former players from Triangle universities made the 12-man roster.

Guard Kyrie Irving, who played at Duke, and former Tar Heel forward Harrison Barnes will both play for the United States in Rio de Janeiro. The two recently faced each other in the NBA Finals where Irving's Cavaliers beat Barnes' Warriors.

The team officially announced the roster Monday afternoon. Krzyzewski is going for a third and final gold medal. He announced this will be his last Olympics.

Here's a look at the rest of the team:

  • Carmelo Anthony, Forward, New York Knicks

  • Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Paul George, Forward, Indiana Pacers

  • Draymond Green, Forward, Golden State Warriors

  • Klay Thompson, Guard, Golden State Warriors

  • Jimmy Butler, Guard, Chicago Bulls

  • DeMarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento Kings

  • DeAndre Jordan, Center, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Kyle Lowry, Guard, Toronto Raptors

  • DeMar DeRozan, Guard, Toronto Raptors


The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team poses for a photo during a news conference, Monday, June 27, 2016, in New York.

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