KSU Beasley Set to Compete with USA

By: From: USA Basketball
By: From: USA Basketball

– 18 Players Set To Participate In June 28-30 USA U19 Team Trials In Dallas --

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. (June 26, 2007) – Already facing a 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship field comprised of 16 of the world’s best U19 teams, the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team will have the opportunity for plenty of top notch international game competition before taking to the hardwood for the FIBA U19 World Championship. USA Basketball announced today that the USA U19 Team would compete against the China Senior National Team, featuring 7'6" Houston Rockets all-star Yao Ming and expected early NBA draft selection 6'11" Yi Jianlian, in a July 1 exhibition game at Moody Coliseum, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, the USA squad will also play three games against international competition as part of the July 5-7 Global Games that are also being held at SMU.

USA Basketball also announced the withdraw of two previously announced USA U19 Trials participants. Drew Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.), who injured his hand over the weekend at the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, and 2006 USA U18 Trials finalist James Hickson (Wheeler H.S., Ga. / Marietta, Ga.) have withdrawn from the Trials leaving 18 players set to contend for USA U19 Team roster positions.

Eighteen of the nation’s top basketball players 19 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) are confirmed 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 (American Airlines Center). The Trials will be used to select finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that will compete in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship that is being held in July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

The first USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team 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.) are scheduled for June 29 and 30. Selected USA finalists will remain for the USA’s July 1-7 training camp, which will include the USA playing an exhibition game on July 1 against the China Senior National Team, and participating in the 2007 Global Games in Dallas.

Previously announced as having accepted 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 Beverley (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.); Donte’ Greene (Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.); 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.); and Brad Wanamaker (Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, Pa.).

Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, will lead the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and collegiate head coaches Bruiser Flint of Drexel University (Pa.) and George Washington University’s (D.C.) Karl Hobbs will serve as assistant coaches.

"Without question in the game of basketball China is certainly an emerging power. With the influence Yao Ming has had not only in the NBA but also in terms of his world wide notoriety, I would certainly believe he has inspired a lot of young people in China to begin to look at basketball as a serious pursuit. Additionally people are saying that one of the top 10 NBA draft picks this year will be China’s Yi Jianlian," said USA U19 head coach Jerry Wainwright (DePaul University). "So based on their age, experience and talent; for a our group of kids coming together for the first time and playing internationally; there’s no appetizers, we’re going to the main course in a very short period of time.

"What the game versus China and our games in the Global Games will do is it will allow our kids to see how good people from other countries are in the game of basketball and how we’re going to have to play together to beat these teams. I think the mind set that we’re going to take is why not play the best and why not be challenged? If we’re going to prove our team can be the best then it’s good to play these kinds of teams. I think our kids will treat it as a great honor and be excited about playing a team of that caliber."

"The field of teams in the 2007 Global Games is challenging. Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico have already left a mark on international basketball, and the kids from Africa are the next great emerging talent pool. The ability to acclimate ourselves to what we’re going to be facing is only going to help us. What we have to do then is take that experience and now do it away from American soil. It’s one thing to do it in Dallas, but now to take what we learn there and do it in another country is probably the greatest challenge for our team, especially noting the age of these kids.

"I’m going to tell our players there’s no reason to just kind of dip your toes into the water to see what the temperature is, we’ve got to jump right in and that’s how we’re going to approach it, Wainwright added.

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2007 FIBA U19 World Championship For Men Game Schedule
Just the Facts: FIBA U19 World Championship For Men
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