Kapono Trains With USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Team

July 18, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With sights set on reclaimingthe FIBA World Championship For Young Men title, the training schedule forthe USA World Championship For Young Men Team, including UCLA junior Jason Kapono, features the USA team training July 22-26 in Dallas, Texas, playing twoexhibition games in Dallas against a pair of international teams, thencompleting its domestic training July 27-30 in Oakland, Calif.

The 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men will be played Aug. 3-12 inthe Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. With 16 finalists for the USATeam reporting to Dallas July 22 for the opening of training camp, thefinal 12-member USA team will be selected by the USA Basketball Men'sCollegiate Committee during the team's July 22-26 training in Dallas.Finalists for the USA Team were announced following Trials held June 1-3 inColorado Springs, Colo. Eligibility for the 2001 USA World ChampionshipFor Young Men Team is limited to any male who is 21-years-old or younger(born on or after Jan. 1, 1980).

The USA squad opens its preparations in Dallas on Sunday, July 22 with a3-5 p.m. (PDT) practice, then is scheduled to train 7-9 a.m. (PDT) and 3-5p.m. (PDT) on Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24, and from 7-9 a.m.(PDT) on July 25 and 26. The USA practices will be held at the DallasMavericks training site, the Baylor/Tom Landry Center.

Highlighting the USA's Dallas training are exhibition games on July 25 and26. The USA Basketball team will play Lithuania on Wednesday, July 25 (6p.m. PDT) and will face Yugoslavia on Thursday, July 26 (6 p.m. PDT). TheLithuania and Yugoslavia teams, which are both national teams for players22-years-old and younger, will be in Dallas competing in the 2001 GlobalGames that are being played July 22-28. Also competing in the Global Gameswill be national teams from Germany, Puerto Rico, Senegal, and Team USATexas. Tickets for the USA exhibition games or the Global Games areavailable by calling 972-717-4455.

The official 12-member USA Team will then travel to Oakland, Calif., whereit will train Friday, July 27, through Monday, July 30, utilizing theGolden State Warriors practice facility in Oakland. The U.S. istentatively scheduled to train 5-7 p.m. (PDT) on July 27, then go 9-11 a.m.(PDT) and 5-7 p.m. (PDT) on July 28 and 29, and will close out its domestictraining with a 9-11 a.m. (PDT) practice session on July 30.

'I'm excited about this team,' remarked USA World Championship For YoungMen head coach and Syracuse University (N.Y.) mentor Jim Boeheim. 'I thinkwe really do have a team that can go over and represent our country. Thischampionship is very tough every four years and we'll see the best in theworld in this age bracket and it will be a challenge for us. When USABasketball goes to play in any championship, there's really only one medalyou're looking at - the gold medal,' he added about the expectations forhis team.

Kapono is one of 16 finalists for the USA World Championship For Young Men Team that was announced following June 1-3 Trials. The 16 finalists are - Troy Bell (Boston College / Minneapolis, Minn.), LaVell Blanchard (Michigan / Ann Arbor, Mich.), CarlosBoozer (Duke / Juneau, Alaska), Caron Butler (Connecticut / Racine, Wis.),Nick Collison (Kansas / Iowa Falls, Iowa), Brian Cook (Illinois / Lincoln,Ill.), Chris Duhon (Duke / Slidell, La.), Reggie Evans (Iowa / Pensacola,Fla.), Jared Jeffries (Indiana / Bloomington, Ind.), Dahntay Jones (Duke /Hamilton Square, N.J.), Jason Kapono (UCLA / Lakewood, Calif.), JameerNelson (St. Joseph's / Chester, Pa.), Michael Sweetney (Georgetown / OxenHill, Md.), Marcus Taylor (Michigan State / Lansing, Mich.), David West(Xavier / Garner, N.C.) and Frank Williams (Illinois / Peoria, Ill.).

In 2000-01 as a sophomore, Kapono, a 6-8, 210-pounder, started 31 of 32 games for the Bruins and led UCLA in minutes (35.1, 1122 total minutes, 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 a row, he set the school single-season record for three-pointers (84). Along with being a 2001 Wooden Award finalist, Kapono also earned honorable mention AP All-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). He enters his junior year as a Playboy 2001-02 preseason All-American. Kapono turned 20 years old on Feb. 4, 2001.

While Boeheim, Syracuse's successful and long-time head coach, will serveas head coach of the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men squad, hewill be assisted by Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon and PhilMartelli of St. Joseph's University (Pa.).

The 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 is in Pool Bwith Argentina, Croatia, Israel, Japan and South Korea. The six teamscomprising preliminary Pool A include Australia, Dominican Republic, Egypt,Qatar, Slovenia and Spain. The USA opens competition on Aug. 3 facingCroatia, then meets South Korea on Aug. 4, Argentina on Aug. 5, Japan onAug. 7 and the U.S. squad concludes preliminary play against Israel on Aug.8. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 10, with semifinalsbeing conducted Aug. 11 and the medal games being held Aug. 12.

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 in Spain and known as the FIBA 22 And Under WorldChampionship, and in 1997 in Melbourne, Australia, finished fifth with a6-2 record.

2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team Finalists

Steve Blake G 6- 3 175 02/26/80 2003 Maryland / Miami Lakes, FL
Troy Bell G 6- 1 176 11/10/80 2003 Boston College / Minneapolis, MN
LaVell Blanchard F 6- 7 215 02/23/81 2003 University of Michigan / Ann Arbor, MI
Carlos Boozer F 6- 9 265 11/20/81 2003 Duke University / Juneau, AK
Caron Butler F 6- 8 230 03/13/80 2004 University of Connecticut / Racine, WI
Nick Collison F 6-9 250 10/20/80 2003 University of Kansas / Iowa Falls, IA
Brian Cook F 6-10 231 12/04/80 2003 University of Illinois / Lincoln, IL
Chris Duhon G 6- 1 190 08/31/82 2004 Duke University / Slidell, LA
Reggie Evans F 6- 8 245 05/18/80 2002 University of Iowa / Pensacola, FL
Jared Jeffries F 6-10 220 11/25/81 2004 Indiana University / Bloomington, IN
Dahntay Jones G/F 6-5 210 12/27/80 2003 Duke University / Hamilton Square, NJ
Jason Kapono F 6- 8 206 02/04/81 2003 Univ. of California at Los Angeles / Lakewood, CA
Jameer Nelson G 6- 0 190 02/09/82 2004 St. Joseph's University / Chester, PA
Michael Sweetney F 6- 8 260 10/25/82 2004 Georgetown University / Oxen Hill, MD
Marcus Taylor G 6- 3 190 11/25/81 2004 Michigan State University / Lansing, MI
David West F/C 6- 8 232 08/29/80 2003 Xavier University / Garner, NC
Frank Williams G 6- 3 205 02/25/80 2003 University of Illinois / Peoria, IL


Head Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (N.Y.)
Assistant Coach:
Ernie Kent, University of Oregon
Assistant Coach: Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's University (Pa.)
Athletic Trainer:
Jayd Grossman, University of Cincinnati (Ohio)

2001 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Team Training Schedule

USA Training - Dallas, Texas
(Dallas Mavericks Practice Facility - Baylor/Tom Landry Center)

Sunday, July 22
3:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Monday, July 23
7:00-9 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
3:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Tuesday, July 24
7:00-9 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
3:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Wednesday, July 25
7:00-9 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
6:00 p.m. (PDT) #USA - Lithuania

Thursday, July 26
7:00-9 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
6:00 p.m. (PDT) #USA - Yugoslavia

*All practices will take place at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility,the Baylor/Tom Landry Center.
#Exhibition games will be played at a site TBA.

USA Training - Oakland, California
(Golden State Warriors Practice Facility)

Friday, July 27
5:00-7:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Saturday, July 28
9:00-11:00 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
5:00-7:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Sunday, July 29
9:00-11:00 a.m. (PDT) *Practice
5:00-7:00 p.m. (PDT) *Practice

Monday, July 30
9:00-11:00 a.m. (PDT) *Practice

Team departs for Japan

*All practices will take place at the Golden State Warriors practicefacility which is attached to The Arena in Oakland.

2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men - Saitama, Japan
(Saitama Super Arena)

Friday, August 3
8:20 p.m. (Tokyo time) USA - Croatia

Saturday, August 4
8:20 p.m. (Tokyo time) USA - South Korea

Sunday, August 5
6:10 p.m. (Tokyo time) USA - Argentina

Monday, August 6

Tuesday, August 7
6:10 p.m. (Tokyo time) USA - Japan

Wednesday, August 8
8:20 p.m. (Tokyo time) USA - Israel

Thursday, August 9

Friday, August 10
Time TBD Quarterfinals

Saturday, August 11
Time TBD Semifinals

Sunday, August 12
Time TBD Finals

Monday, August 13
Team returns to United States

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