Kapono To Attend USA Trials

May 15, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Highlighted by seven players whoparticipated in the 2001 NCAA Final Four, 45 of the top men's collegebasketball players, including UCLA junior-to-be Jason Kapono, have acceptedinvitations to participate in USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials, USABasketball Men's Collegiate Committee announced today. Chaired by outgoingUniversity of Virginia athletic director Terry Holland, the Committee willselect finalists for two teams ' the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship forYoung Men Qualifying Teamand the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team ' following thethree-day Trials which will be held June 1-3 at the U.S. Olympic TrainingCenter in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2001 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials will begin Friday, June1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (all times MDT). Sessions will follow from9:00-11:00 a.m. and from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and willconclude on Sunday, June 3 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Along with Kapono, the 44 other invitees accepting their invitation were:Maurice Baker (Oklahoma State / Madison, Ill.), Antwain Barbour (Wabash ValleyC.C./ Elizabethtown, Ky.), Earl Barron (Memphis / Clarksdale, Miss.), AndreBarrett (Seton Hall / Bronx, N.Y.), Lonny Baxter (Maryland / Silver Spring,Md.), Troy Bell(Boston College / Minneapolis, Minn.), Todd Billet (Virginia / Middletown,N.J.), LaVell Blanchard (Michigan / Ann Arbor, Mich.), Carlos Boozer (Duke/ Juneau, Alaska), Cory Bradford (Illinois / Memphis, Tenn.), Caron Butler(Connecticut / Racine, Wis.), Brian Cook (Illinois / Lincoln, Ill.), DanDickau (Gonzaga / Vancouver, Wash.), Juan Dixon (Maryland / Baltimore,Md.), Erwin Dudley (Alabama / Uniontown, Ala.), Chris Duhon (Duke /Slidell, La.), Mike Dunleavy (Duke / Lake Oswego, Ore.), Melvin Ely (FresnoState / Harvey, Ill.), Reggie Evans (Iowa / Pensacola, Fla.), Lynn Greer(Temple / Philadelphia, Pa.), Rod Grizzard (Alabama / Birmingham, Ala.),Brooks Hall (Dayton / Troy, Ohio), Tahj Holden (Maryland / Red Bank, N.J.),Joshua Howard (Wake Forest / Winston-Salem, N.C.), Jared Jeffries (Indiana/ Bloomington, Ind.), Donhtay Jones (Duke / Mamilton Square, N.J.), Steve Lepore(Wake Forest / North Olmsted, Ohio), John Linehan (Providence / Chester, Pa.),Steve Logan (Cincinnati / Cleveland, Ohio), Roger Mason, Jr. (Virginia / SilverSpring,Md.), Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's / Chester, Pa.), Marvin O'Connor (St.Joseph's / Philadelphia, Pa.), Chris Owens (Texas / Duncanville, Texas ),Justin Reed (Mississippi / Jackson, Miss.), Darius Rice (Miami / Jackson,Miss.), Preston Shumpert (Syracuse / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), Tamar Slay(Marshall / Beckley, W.V.), Tyler Smith (Penn State / Lake Forest, Ill.),Michael Sweetney (Georgetown / Oxen Hill, Md.), Marcus Taylor (MichiganState / Lansing, Mich.), David West (Xavier / Garner, N.C.), Frank Williams(Illinois / Peoria, Ill.), Kelly Wise (University of Memphis / Ft. WaltonBeach, Fla.), Glen Worley (Iowa / Iowa City, Iowa).

Jason Kapono
In 2000-01, Kapono, a 6-8, 210-pounder from Lakewood and Artesia HS,started 31 of 32 games for the Bruins and led UCLA in minutes (35.1, 1122 totalminutes, No. 10 in school single-season history), scoring (17.2), three-point(45.7, 84-184, No. 4 in school single-season history) and free throw percentage(86.9, 133-153, No. 6 in school single-season history). For the second year in arow, he set the school single-season record for three-pointers (84). Along withbeing a Wooden Award finalist, Kapono also earned honorable mention APAll-America and first-team All-Pacific-10. In the final 2001 Pac-10 statistics(all games), Kapono was fifth in scoring (17.2), 15th in rebounding (5.7),second in free throw percentage (86.9), third in three-point percentage (45.7)and first in three-point field goals (2.62 per game). Kapono turned 20 years oldon Feb. 4, 2001.

Also Invited
Three members from Duke's 2001 NCAA championship team, Boozer, Duhon andDunleavy, three members of Maryland's Final Four squad, Baxter, Dixon,Holden, and Michigan State Final Four team member Taylor will vie forroster positions on one of the two USA Basketball teams being selectedduring the Trials. The lone participant from the junior college ranks,Barbour, led his squad to the 2001 NJCAA championship, earning MVP honorsof the 2001 NJCAA Tournament in the process.

Of the 45 athletes who are expected to participate in the 2001 Trials, 10have been involved with USA Basketball teams in the past. The Trials groupincludes 16 who recently completed their junior seasons, 18, including Kapono,who concluded their sophomore years, 10 were NCAA freshmen in 2000-01, and onefinishedhis first season at the NJCAA Division I level. Of the 45 athletes, 11earned All-America honors, including Kapono (HM AP All-America), eight earnedFreshman All-America honors, eight claimed postseason tournament honors, 33earned all-conference honors, including Kapono (first-team Pac-10 honors for thesecond-year in a row), five were Player of the Year in their conference, fivewereFreshman/Rookie/Newcomer of the Year in their conference, one was DefensivePlayer of the Year, one was Most Improved, five were MVPs of theirconference Tournament, 12 were selected to their conference all-tournamentteams, and five were named to their conference All-Defensive team.All told, there are 31 NCAA universities and one NJCAA school represented,with Duke sending four players, Illinois and Maryland both list three,while Alabama, Iowa, Memphis, St. Joseph's, Virginia and Wake Forest eachfeature a pair. Players from 11 NCAA conferences will attend the Trials,with the ACC leading the way with 10 athletes, while the Big Ten and BigEast conferences have nine and eight players each respectively, theAtlantic 10 Conference features five, Conference-USA three, Big 12 has two,and the Mid-American, Pac-10 (Kapono, UCLA), Western Athletic and West Coastfeature oneeach.

2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team
The 2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team will compete August 3-12 inSaitama, Japan, in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young MenTournament. Featuring 12 teams that have been divided into two preliminaryround pools consisting of six teams each, the United States was placed inPool B with Argentina, Croatia, Israel, Japan and South Korea. The sixteams comprising preliminary Pool A include Australia, Dominican Republic,Egypt, Qatar, Slovenia and Spain. Any male athlete who is a U.S. citizenand is 21-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1980) is eligiblefor the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men QualifyingTeam.

Held every four years and originally designed for men 22-years-old oryounger, FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21-years-old or younger inDecember 1998 and changed the competition name to the World Championshipfor Young Men. The U.S. captured gold in the inaugural competition whichwas held in 1993 and known as the FIBA 22 And Under World Championship, and in 1997 finished fifth with a 6-2 record.Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim will serve as head coachof the 2001 USA world Championship for Young Men squad, and he will beassisted by Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon and Phil Martelli of St.Joseph's University (Pa.). The final 12-member team will be named duringthe team's July 22-30 training camp which will be held at a site to bedetermined.

The World University Games
The World University Games, held every two years, is a multi-sportcompetition open to men between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1,1973 and Dec. 31, 1983), who are, or have been within the past year, astudent at a college or university. This summer the World University Gameswill be held Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The men's basketballcompetition, currently featuring collegiate teams from 28 countries, hasbeen divided into eight preliminary round pools. Placed into Pool B, theUnited States will face Iran, South Africa and Turkey in preliminary roundplay.

Penn State University (Pa.) head coach Jerry Dunn has been selected toserve as head coach for the 2001 USA Basketball Men's World UniversityGames Team, while collegiate head coaches Rod Barnes from the University ofMississippi and Al Skinner from Boston College (Mass.) will assist Dunn onthe sidelines. The final 12-member team will be named during the team'sAug. 10-18 training camp which will be held at a site to be determined.

USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee
The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chairHolland, consists of: NCAA appointees Boeheim, Rob Evans (head coach,Arizona State University), Jim O'Brien (head coach, Ohio State University)and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Kentucky), NABC appointee OliverPurnell (head coach, University of Dayton, Ohio), NAIA appointee RalphTurner (head coach, Union University, Tenn.), NJCAA appointee Dan Sparks(head coach, Vincennes University, Ind.), and athlete representatives SteveWojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team / assistant coach, DukeUniversity, N.C.) and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team / headcoach, Nassau Community College, N.Y.).

2001 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials Schedule
Friday, June 1
Session#1 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Session #2 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Session #3 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Session #4 8:00-10:00 a.m.

All Trials session times are MDT (one hour ahead of PDT)All Trials session will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, SportsCenter II, Colorado Springs, CO

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