Farmer Invited To 2003 USA Basketball National Team Trials

May 15, 2003

USC junior guard Desmon Farmer is among 52 college and prep players that have been invited to participate in the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials that will be held May 30-June 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball announced on Thursday (May 15).

The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee which is chaired by Terry Holland, former University of Virginia athletics director.

Farmer is coming off of his best year at USC. He averaged 18.7 points in 2003, tops on the Trojans and fourth-best in the Pac-10, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors. He also earned All-Pac-10 Tournament honors after he averaged 22.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in the conference tournament.

The USA Collegiate Committee will select finalists from the Trials for two USA Basketball teams - 2003 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team and 2003 USA Pan American Games Team. Of the 52 players, 28, because they are older than 19 (including Farmer), will be eligible only for consideration for the Pan Am Games team. The other 24 players will be eligible for either the Pan American Games or Junior World Championship Teams. To be eligible for the USA Junior World Championship squad a player must be 19 or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984).

The official 12-member USA junior team will be finalized during the team's June 24-July 6 training camp in Dallas, Texas. University of Oregon coach Ernie Kent will serve as head coach of the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Team, and will be assisted by Dennis Felton of the University of Georgia and Ray Harper of Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The 2003 USA Men's Pan American Games Team will play Aug. 2-6 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. team will be directed by Michigan State University mentor Tom Izzo, and his assistants include college head coaches Lorenzo Romar of the University of Washington and Quin Snyder of the University of Missouri.

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