Kansas will compete in the 2015 World University Games on July 3-14 in Gwangju, Korea. It will be just the second time a United States college team has been chosen to represent the U.S. at the international event. Northern Iowa represented the United States in the 2007 World University Games.
This will mark just the second time a United States college team has been chosen to represent the U.S. at the international event. Northern Iowa represented the United States in the 2007 World University Games. The U.S. last won gold in 2005 in Turkey.
“USA (Basketball) sent feelers out to several high-profile teams, and they picked us out of the ones that responded,” Kansas associate AD Jim Marchiony said. “It’s a huge honor anytime you can represent your country like this.”
If KU loses underclassmen to the pros after the 2014-15 season and needs to fill out the roster, it can apparently add ex-Jayhawks who are between the ages of 17 and 24 and as they are enrolled and pursuing a degree.
“This is a Kansas deal, not a mixed deal at all (with players or coaches from other teams),” Self said. “I can’t see anything but positives. We as an amateur basketball team could not get better competition. We will be allowed to practice. It will not count against our one in four (years) foreign trips in the summer.
“Our players are really excited about getting the opportunity to represent our country in games basically against professionals across the world.”