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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - While making the NBA All-Star squad may not be a slam dunk this season, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will be announced to the Team USA Men's National Team on Thursday, according to a source.

The source, speaking to News10 on the condition of anonymity since the personwas not authorized to speak publicly, said Cousins has already signed the paperwork to play for the 2014-16 Men's National Team and could be one of 12 players selected to compete in the FIBA World Cup this summer.

For the last two years, Cousins was a member of the Team USA Select Team, who helped prepare the Men's National team for international competition and the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

Team USA has announced a teleconference for Thursday morning to announce the team of 28 players in the pool. USA Basketball Chairman and Managing Director Jerry Colangelo will make the announcement alongside Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The FIBA World Cup will take place in various cities in Spain and run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14.

In the middle of his fourth NBA season, Cousins is posting career best numbers worthy of All-Star consideration, averaging 23.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game, through 39 contests.

Cousins has also been on a tear by posting 15 consecutive double-doubles, setting a Sacramento era franchise record and is also currently the longest streak in the NBA this season. The previous mark was 13, set by Kevin Love and Chris Paul.

Voting for this year's All-Star team closed on Monday and will be announced on Thursday. Cousins wasn't able to crack the top 10on the list of frontcourt players.

The All-Star reserves will be announced on Jan. 30.

By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net
Twitter: @News10Sean

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