Sheehey, Ferrell Invited To USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp
June 3, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Including three players with prior USA Basketball national team experience and 29 collegiate athletes overall, USA Basketball today announced the roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp, which will take place June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee issued the invitations.
Indiana Senior Will Sheehey and sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell were among the current collegians to receive the invitations. If they are named to the roster at the end of training camp, they would join the follow former IU players that have played in the World University Games:
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Attending training camp in Colorado Springs in June will be:
"The committee has assembled one of the strongest World University Games training camp rosters USA Basketball has ever had," said Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse University and chair of the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee. "It includes some of the top players in college basketball, several of whom have international experience. Selecting the players for the final roster is going to be a real challenge."
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition is scheduled to be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Davidson College's Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado, Jim Kessler of Grace College (NAIA) and Matt Matheny from Elon University were tabbed as court coaches for training camp.
Cook and Randle are two-time USA Basketball gold medalists, having helped the USA to a 5-0 record at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mendoza, Argentina, and an 8-0 record in the first FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.
Cook also helped the USA Junior National Select Team to a 92-80 win over the World Select Team in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.
Additionally, McDermott was a member of the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-2 record in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.
McDermott is a two time Associated Press (AP) All-American (2012 and 2013), who also earned 2013 All-America first team honors from the NABC, USBWA and Basketball Times. Williams was a 2013 AP All-America honorable mention.
At the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Hancock earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player and All-Final Four, while Fair and Gardner listed on the East Regional All-Tournament Team.
Twenty-four players took home end of the year conference honors, including McDermott, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and an all-conference first-team selection, and Williams, who listed as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and on its first team.
Additionally, Gardner earned Big East Conference Sixth Man of the Year; Huestis (Pac-12 Conference) and Kirk (Mountain West Conference) listed on their conference all-defensive teams; and Ferrell and Hammons listed on the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team.
Also taking home first-team recognition were: Cotton (Big East), Dinwiddie (Pac-12), Harris (Atlantic Coast Conference) and Haws (West Coast Conference).
Named to all-conference second teams were: Brown (Big 12 Conference), Fair (Big East), Graham (Atlantic-10 Conference), Grant (Big East), Kilpatrick (Big East), Kirk (Mountain West) and Payne (Big Ten).
Burton (Mountain West), Cook (ACC), Hollins (Big Ten) and White (Big Ten) earned third-team selections.
Listing as honorable mentions were: Gardner (Big East), Jefferson (Big 12), Hairston (ACC), White (Big Ten), Hollins (Big Ten), Ferrell (Big Ten) and Marble (Big Ten). The 29 players represent 23 schools and feature teammates from Duke (Cook and Hood), Indiana (Ferrell and Sheehy), Iowa (Marble and White), New Mexico (Kirk and Williams), Notre Dame (Atkins and Grant) and Stanford (Huestis and Randle). The Big East has six schools with players expected to compete at training camp; five schools from the Big Ten list on the roster; the ACC is represented by three schools; the Big 12, Mountain West and Pac-12 each feature two schools with players at training camp; and represented by one school apiece are the Atlantic-10, Missouri Valley and West Coast conferences.
In addition to chair and NCAA representative Boeheim, the 2013-16 USA Men's Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees McKillop, Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U20 National Team.
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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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