Three Big 12 standouts areamong 22 of the nation’s top collegiate athletes who have accepted invitations from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp.
Missouri seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English have been selected, along with Texas A&M junior Khris Middleton. Denmon is the lone returning All-Big 12 First Team member from last season, while English started 30 of 34 games a year ago and averaged 10.0 points. Middleton was an All-Big 12 Second Team pick after leading the Aggies with 14.4 points per game.
The training camp, which will be held July 29 - Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition, Aug. 13-23, in Shenzhen, China.
The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), is expected on July 31 to announce finalists for the 2011 USA World University Games Team. Training camp will continue July 31 - Aug. 7 at the USOTC, with the official roster being announced prior to the teams’ departure for China on Aug. 8.
“After a lot of thought and consideration of potential players, the committee has put together a very strong roster for the USA Men’s World University Games Team training camp,” said Boeheim. “As always, the committee will be looking for not only the most talented players, but also players that will work well as a team.”
Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal, has been selected as head coach of the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Cuonzo Martin of the University of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler University were named as assistant coaches.
World University Games
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between Jan. 1, 1987 and Dec. 31, 1993), who are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
The United States, which has claimed a medal in every World University Games since beginning play in 1965, has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 19 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 won-loss record in World University Games play.
The United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition and strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. Most recently, the 2009 USA team earned the bronze medal after finishing 6-1 and suffering a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
2011 USA Men's World University Games Team Training Camp Roster
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame
Bradford Burgess, VCU
MARCUS DENMON, Missouri
KIM ENGLISH, Missouri
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
Draymond Green, Michigan State
JaMychal Green, Alabama
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, UC-Santa Barbara
Greg Mangano, Yale
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
KHRIS MIDDLETON, Texas A&M
Darius Miller, Kentucky
Tony Mitchell, Alabama
Aaric Murray, West Virginia
Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut
John Shurna, Northwestern
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Head Coach: Matt Painter, Purdue
Assistant Coaches: Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee; Brad Stevens, Butler
Team Physician: BROCK SCHNEBEL, Oklahoma