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Jefferson, Brown Named To USA World University Games Roster
June 03, 2013
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Baylor’s Cory Jefferson and Markel Brown of Oklahoma State have been named to the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp roster, which was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.

The 29-player training camp roster is comprised entirely of collegiate athletes. The training camp is scheduled for June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12 players from the camp will earn roster spots to compete in the 2013 World University Games, which will be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.

Jefferson had a breakout season as a fourth-year junior in 2012-13, after starting just one of the first 55 career games over his first three years in Waco. He averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while starting all 37 games and leading the Bears to the 2013 NIT Championship. Brown also had a strong year last season, averaging 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 43.6 percent from the field.

In addition to the duo, K-State incoming junior transfer Justin Edwards has been selected to compete in the Games with the Canadian National Men’s Basketball Team, which begins training camp in Portland, Ore. this week. Edwards, a transfer from Maine, will sit out 2013-14 due to NCAA transfer rules.

The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. The USA men own a stellar 138-9 record in WUGs play, and the U.S. captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in the WUGs basketball competition, including six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.

USA BASKETBALL

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.

USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup), women’s FIBA U19 World Championship, men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships, men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.

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