Thirteen Confirmed For USA Basketball Men's World University Games Trials
July 7, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Thirteen of the country's top collegiate players have accepted invitations to attend the July 28-Aug. 4 USA Basketball men's trials and training camp in Colorado Springs. The Trials and training camp will be utilized to select the USA squad that will compete in the World University Games that are being held Aug. 11-22 in Izmir, Turkey. Athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim.
Athletes confirmed to compete for spots on the 2005 USA World University Games Team include: Greg Brunner (Iowa / Charles City, Iowa); Randy Foye (Villanova / Newark, N.J.); Mike Gansey (West Virginia / Olmsted Falls, Ohio); Vincent Grier (Minnesota / Charlotte, N.C.); Matt Haryasz (Stanford / Page, Ariz.); Chris Hernandez (Stanford / Fresno, Calif.); Eric Hicks (Cincinnati / Greensboro, N.C.); Jeff Horner (Iowa / Mason City, Iowa); Gerry McNamara (Syracuse / Scranton, Pa.); Craig Smith (BostonCollege / Los Angeles, Calif.); Patrick Sparks (Kentucky / Central City, Ky.); Shelden Williams (Duke / Forrest Park, Okla.); and Brendan Winters (Davidson / Denver, Colo.).
In addition to the 13 above-listed athletes, players competing in the 2005USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team Trials (July 21-23) who are notselected for the team are eligible to participate in the 2005 USA WorldUniversity Games Team Trials.
The 2005 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials, whichwill be used to select the final 12-member team, will be held July 28-31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Athletes eligible for this competition must be a U.S. citizen who is currently working toward an accredited university degree or has recently graduated.
Five of the 13 players competing for spots on the USA teamhave prior USA Basketball experience, all as part of USA Basketball Youth Development Festivals. University of Iowa teammates, Brunner and Horner, were also a formidable duo at the 2001 Festival where they teamed up to post a 4-1 record and lead the North squad to the gold medal. Horner also won gold as a member of the North team during the 2000 Festival. Although now playing on opposite coasts, Smith and Hernandez teamed up on the West Team during the 2000 Youth Development Festival, falling to Horner and the North in the championship game and walking away with silver. Williams won a bronze medal in 2001, leading the South Team to a 3-2 record, and also participated in the U.S. Junior World Championship Team Trials in 2003.
Williams earned multiple All-ACC honors in 2005, including first teamall-conference, all-defensive team (as the only unanimous selection) andall-tournament. From the Big East, Smith and McNamara each receivedfirst-team accolades, while Foye, who was named to the 2005 NCAA Tournamentall-regional team for the Syracuse Region, received a third team selection.McNamara, Foye and Gansey were all selected to the Big East All-TournamentTeam. Grier tops the Big Ten list, after garnering all-conference firstteam and all-tournament honors in 2005 and Brunner and Horner earned all-conference second team and honorable mention, respectively. Hernandez took in All-Pac 10 accolades, while teammate Haryasz was given honorable mention and both made the all-tournament team. Winters earned All-Southern Conference and second team all-tournament honors for his performance last season. Sparks (SEC) and Hicks (Conference USA) round out the all-conference awards with second and third team awards, respectively.
The 13 athletes in 2005-06 will represent 11 different NCAA Division Ischools and six collegiate conferences. The Big East leads the way withfour representatives, followed by the Big Ten with three. Iowa (Brunner and Horner) and Stanford (Haryasz and Hernandez) are the only two schools to send multiple players.
The USA coaches and players who will participate in the 2005 USA WorldUniversity Games Trials were selected by the 10-member USA Basketball Men'sCollegiate Committee which is chaired by Boeheim and also includes NationalAssociation of Basketball Coaches (NABC) appointee Bill Self (University ofKansas); NAIA appointee Bob Burchard (Columbia College, Mo.); NCAAappointees Fran Dunphy (University of Pennsylvania), Tom Izzo (MichiganState University), Ernie Kent (University of Oregon), and Tubby Smith(University of Kentucky); NJCAA appointee Scott Schumacher (Kilgore College, Texas); and serving on the committee as the athlete representatives are Steve Wojciechowski (Duke University, N.C.) and a member of the 1995 USA Junior World Championship Team, and A.J. Wynder, the current head men's coach at Nassau Community College (N.Y.) and a member of the 1995 USA Pan American Games silver medalist squad.
2005 USA World University Games Team
Villanova University (Pa.) head coach Jay Wright, whopreviously served as an assistant to the 2002 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team, is head coach for the 2005 USA Men's World University Games Team. Wright will be assisted on the sidelines by collegiate head coaches Jeff Capel of Virginia Commonwealth University and Bobby Gonzalez of Manhattan College (N.Y.). Texas A&M University head coach Billy Gillispie and George Washington University (D.C.) head coach Karl Hobbs will serve as court coaches.
The 2005 World University Games men's basketball competitionis expected to include 32 teams and the United States has been placed in preliminary round Group F with Germany, Iran and Slovakia. Also listed among this years competitors are Brazil, Finland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in Group A; Group B consists of Haiti, Serbia and Montenegro, South Korea and Sweden; Group C includes Cyprus, Japan, Republic of South Africa and Russia; in Group D are Angola, Canada, Italy and Portugal; China, Croatia, Czech Republic and Peru have been placed in Group E; Group G consists of Australia, Great Britain, Lebanon and Lithuania; while Group H includes Estonia, Greece, Mexico and Spain.
The USA men in past WUG competitions have dominated, compiling a 119-17overall record (.875 winning percentage) while medaling in all 17 Games,including 12 gold medals. In 2001, the most recent WUG's in which the U.S.men competed, the USA saw its streak of six consecutive golds and 46consecutive wins come to a halt when host China, led by it's 'Walking Wall'of Menk Batere, Yao Ming and ZhiZhi Wang, all of whom competed for China atthe 2000 Olympic Games the previous summer, edged the U.S. collegians 83-82in the semifinals. The USA squad finished 7-1 to claim the 2001 WUG bronzemedal.
The United States has been sending teams to the World University Gamessince 1965, and since then the World University Games has served as animportant developmental event for the U.S. Seventeen players haverepresented the USA in both the World University Games and the OlympicGames, including Ray Allen, Stacey Augmon, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Quinn Buckner, Tom Burleson, Ken Davis, Tim Duncan, Phil Hubbard, Allen Iverson, Mitch Kupchak, Karl Malone, Mitch Richmond, Michael Silliman, Steve Smith and Jo Jo White.
courtesy of USA Basketball