KU's Arthur, K-State'S Beasley On Tryout List

By: From: USA Basketball. KU Sports Information
By: From: USA Basketball. KU Sports Information

Kansas' Darrell Arthur Selected to Tryout for USA Under-19 World Championship Team

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur has been selected to participate in tryouts for the 2007 USA Under-19 World Championship Team June 28-30 in Dallas, Texas. The trials will used to select the finalists for the Under-19 squad which will participate in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

"Just to be chosen to tryout for a national team is a great honor," Arthur said. "I am looking forward to see where I stand among these great players." As a freshman, Arthur started seven games for KU, averaging 9.8 points per game and had a team-leading 56 blocks for the Jayhawks.

"It will be nice to go home to Dallas (for the tryout)," Arthur added. "I know I will be busy with the tryout but I hope to see some family and friends while I'm there."

Head coach Bill Self is excited for the sophomore to possibly take his game to the international level.

"I love it when players from our program get selected to try out for a national team," Self said. "This will be a great experience for Darrell to play against some solid competition and learn some valuable lessons from Head Coach Jerry Wainwright. Hopefully he makes the team and gets the opportunity to represents the country."

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20 To Contend For 2007 USA Men's U19 World Championship Roster Slot

-- USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials To be Held June 28-30 -

Three members of last summer's gold medalist USA U18 National Team will be back looking to secure a roster spot on the USA U19 World Championship Team. Michael Beasley (top), Jonny Flynn (middle) and Donte' Greene bring USA Basketball experience to the 2007 USA U19 Team Trials. (Photos: Joe Murphy)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 31, 2007) -Featuring nine players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, and seven who collected conference honors in 2006-07, 20 of the nation's top basketball players 19 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) have accepted invitations to participate in the June 28-30 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team Trials that will be held at the Dallas Mavericks' practice facility. The Trials will be used to select the finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that will look to return home with gold from the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship that are being held in July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Athlete selections for the
Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim.

Accepting invitations to participate in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials were:Lavoy Allen(Pennsbury H.S., Pa./ Morrisville, Pa.);Darrell Arthur(Kansas / Dallas, Texas);Michael Beasley(Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.);Patrick Beverly(Arkansas / Chicago, Ill.):Matt Bouldin(Gonzaga / Highlands Ranch, Colo.);Dwayne Collins(Miami / Miami, Fla.);Stephen Curry(Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.);Tyreke Evans(Aston American Christian, Pa. / Aston, Pa.);Jonny Flynn(Niagara Falls H.S. / Niagara Falls, N.Y.);Drew Gordon(San Jose Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.);Donte' Greene(Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.);James Hickson(Wheeler H.S., Ga. / Marietta, Ga.);Damian
Hollis(George Washington / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.);DeAndre Jordan(Bellaire Episcopal H.S. / Humble, Texas);David Lighty(Ohio State / Cleveland, Ohio);Raymar Morgan(Michigan State / Canton, Ohio);Tajuan Porter(Oregon / Detroit, Mich.);Corey Stokes(St. Benedict's H.S. / Newark, N.J.);Deon Thompson(North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); andBrad Wanamaker(Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, Pa.).

DePaul University (Ill.) head coachJerry Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, has been selected to lead the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and collegiate head coachesJames "Bruiser" Flintof Drexel University (Pa.) and George Washington University's (D.C.)Karl Hobbswill serve as assistant coaches.

Trials for the USA U19 World Championship Team will be held June 28-30 at the Dallas Mavericks' practice facility in AmericanAirlines Arena. The first trials session will be held on June 28, 5-7 p.m. (all times local, CDT). Two trials sessions (10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.) will be held on June 29 and 30. The selected USA team finalists will remain for the USA's July 1-7 training camp, which will also see the USA compete in the 2007 Global Games in Dallas.

Nine of the 20 players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, including three members of the 2006 USA U18 National Team that finished 4-0, captured gold, and qualified the United States for the 2007 U19 World Championship. Beasley (2007 Nike Hoop Summit and 2006 U18 World Championship Qualifying Team); Flynn (2007 Nike Hoop Summit and 2006 U18 World Championship Qualifying Team); and Greene (2007 Nike Hoop Summit and 2006 U18 World Championship Qualifying Team) were all members of the U18 National team and were most recently members of the victorious 2007 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated a World Select Team 100-80 in the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit.

Gordon, Hickson and Porter all participated in the 2006 USA U18 National Team Trials and were named finalists, while Arthur (2005 Youth Development Festival White Team), Collins (2005 Youth Development Festival Blue Team), and Stokes (2005 Youth Development Festival Blue Team) are alumni of USA Basketball's Youth Development Festival.

Of the 20 players accepting Trials invitations, 12 completed their collegiate freshman season in 2006-07, six completed their high school senior campaign on 2007, while two will be high school seniors in 2007-08.

Curry was named to collegeinsider.com's Mid-Major All-America Team, while Beverly, Bouldin and Curry collected Freshmen All-America honors from collegeinsider.com.

Seven players earned honors from their respective conferences. Beverly was selected the SEC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year and Curry was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. Also, Arthur (Big 12), Bouldin (West Coast), Beverley (SEC), Hollis (Atlantic 10), Morgan (Big Ten), and Porter (Pac-10) were named to their all-freshman teams.

Nine conferences have players involved in the trials, with the Big East Conference featuring four invitees, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big 12 have three apiece, the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big Ten Conference and , Pacific-10 Conference each have two, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Southern Conference and West Coast Conference all have one player participating in the trials.

Eighteen universities feature players in the trials, with Syracuse boasting of a pair, while Arkansas, Davidson, George Washington, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Temple, Texas A&M, UCLA and Villanova have one each.

Of the eight invitees who played at the high school level in 2006-07, two were selected forUSA Today'sAll-USA Boys Team and six earnedParade MagazineAll-America recognition. Beasley and Greene were named All-USA second team byUSA Today, whileParadetagged Greene first team, Flynn, Hickson, and Stokes second team honorees, Jordan collected third team honors and Evans was named fourth team.

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