Washington's Quincy Pondexter To Compete For Spot On 2009 USA Basketball World University Games Team
May 20, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington's Quincy Pondexter has accepted an invitation to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp June 16-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The nation's top college players will compete for a spot on the eventual 12-member USA team that will be announced prior to the team's departure for Serbia on June 25. The invitations to attend the USA Basketball training camp were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
Pondexter averaged 12.1 points per game and 5.9 rebound per contest during the 2008-09 season. He helped lead the Huskies to their first outright Pac-10 Championship and a No. 4 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The 2009 men's basketball competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia, with 24 men's teams expected to compete for gold. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.
Accepting invitations to participate in the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team Trials were: James Anderson (Oklahoma State / Junction City, Ark.); Talor Battle (Penn State / Albany, N.Y.); Trevor Booker (Clemson / Whitmire, S.C.); Craig Brackins (Iowa State / Palmdale, Calif.); Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia / Newark, N.J.); Sherron Collins (Kansas / Chicago, Ill.); Mike Davis (Illinois / Alexandria, Va.); Corey Fisher (Villanova / Bronx, N.Y.); Lazar Hayward (Marquette / Buffalo, N.Y.); Robbie Hummel (Purdue / Valparaiso, Ind.); JaJuan Johnson (Purdue / Indianapolis, Ind.); Quincy Pondexter (Washington / Fresno, Calif.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); Evan Turner (Ohio State / Chicago, Ill.); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State / Brownsville, Tenn.).
University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has been selected by USA Basketball to serve as head coach of the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team. Ryan's two assistant coaches are to be announced.
'These guys are some of the best college players in the country and I think they're guys who would be future Olympic candidates,' said Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee and head coach at Syracuse University. 'This is a great opportunity for them to play for their country and get an understanding of the international game. I think this is a great group of college players. This should be a great experience for them and they should represent USA Basketball very well.'