Tuesday, July 26, 2011

World University Games 2011 -- USA Announces Training Roster

Six Big East Players Invited to Tryout for the USA Team
Late last week USA Basketball identified the 22 college players who will tryout for the USA World University Games men's team, the training sessions to begin July 29 in Colorado Springs, CO. Two, Tu Holloway of Xavier and Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin have declined their invitations as of late last week. The twelve who are selected will represent the USA and should depart for Shenzhen, China, site of this year's games, on August 8. The training team roster will include...

Tim AbromaitisF/C6-82359/17/19892011Notre DameGraduated, eligibility rem.
Bradford BurgessG6-62254/29/19902012VCU
Marcus DenmonG6-31853/20/19902012Missouri
Kim EnglishG6-62009/24/19882012Missouri
Yancy GatesF6-926010/15/19892012Cincinnati
Ashton GibbsG6-21901/19/19902012Pittsburgh
Draymond GreenF6-72303/4/19902012Michigan State
JaMychal GreenF6-82256/21/19902012Alabama
Scoop JardineG6-21908/9/19882011SyracuseGraduated, eligibility rem.
John JenkinsG6-42203/6/19912013Vanderbilt
Orlando JohnsonG6-52053/11/19892012UC Santa Barbara
Greg ManganoF6-1024010/28/19892012Yale
Trevor MbakweF/C6-82411/24/19892012Minnesota
C.J. McCollumG6-31659/19/19912013Lehigh
Khris MiddletonF6-72158/12/19912013Texas A&M
Darius MillerG6-61853/21/19902012Kentucky
Tony MitchellF6-72108/7/19892013Alabama
Aaric MurrayC6-112657/3/19892013West VirginiaTransferred fro. La Salle
Alex OriakhiF/C6-92406/21/19902013Connecticut
John ShurnaF6-82104/30/19902012Northwestern

The six Big East players include Tim Abromaitis out of Notre Dame, Cincinnati Bearcat power forward Yancy Gates, Pittsburgh point guard Ashton Gibbs, rising senior guard out of Syracuse Scoop Jardine, West Virginia's recent addition Aaric Murray and Connecticut forward/center Alex Oriakhi. Abromaitis and Jardine are fifth year seniors, having eligibility remaining due to red shirts. Murray requested his release from La Salle and transferred to West Virginia at the end of the 2011 season. He will be eligible to player for the Mountaineers in 2012. Gibbs was the point guard on the U19 team that won the World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009. Oriakhi was a member of Connecticut's 2011 National Championship squad, and will return for his junior year in September.

Others of Interest
Trevor Mbakwe played his freshman year at Marquette under Tom Crean in 2008. Mbakwe left the Warriors after Crean took the Indiana head coaching job in the summer of 2008, and spent a season at Miami-Dade CC, moving over to Minnesota to play for Tubby Smith in 2010. Tony Mitchell logged minutes with the U18 team that won the FIBA Americas Cup last summer. JaMychal Green played on the 2008 U18 team that won the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. Darius Miller bucked a trend set by his Kentucky teammates by accepting the invitation to compete internationally this summer.

The WUG Staff -- Two for One?
In an unusual twist, the World University Games team will have two sets of three coaches. Tony Bennett (Virginia), Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth) and Sean Miller (Arizona) will serve as court coaches during the team tryout period (July 29 through August 7), while Matt Painter (Purdue) will serve as Head Coach with Assistants Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee) and Brad Stevens (Butler) will accompany the team to China and direct operations during the tournament.

About the World University Games
FISU holds competition in over 12 different sports for college students. Shenzhen University is the host for the competitions in 2012. The games will be held from August 12 through August 23 this summer. 24 teams will compete in the men's basketball tournament, the teams divided into four pools of six teams each. Assignment was by a random draw, held in April. The pools:

Pool APool BPool CPool D
Czech Rep.Hong KongNew ZealandIsreal
GermanySouth AfricaPhillipinesKorea
United Arab EmTurkeyUkraineUSA

The competition will consist of a round robin play within each pool. After those five games, the field will recompose into three competitions. The eight teams with the fewest points (the bottom two from each Pool) will play a three round competition for places #17 through #24. The middle two teams from each Pool will play a separate three round competition for places #9 through #16. The top two point-earning teams from each Pool will advance to a quarter final round for medal competition. Winners will advance to a semi-final and final round, while the losing teams will compete for places #5 through #8. Every team will play eight games.

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