Josh Childress - Candidate for 2003 Pan Am Games USA Team

May 15, 2003

Colorado Spring, Co - Josh Childress, who is expected to be one of the top collegiate basketball players in the nation next year, is one of 52 players from the college and high school ranks to accept invitations to participate in the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials. The Trials will be held May 30-June 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee.

The USA Collegiate Committee will select finalists from the Trials for two USA Basketball teams - the 2003 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team and the 2003 USA Pan American Games Team. Twenty-seven of the players (because they are older than 19-years-old, including Childress), will be eligible only for consideration for the Pan Am Games team. The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics, will be held Aug. 1-17, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The men's basketball competition is slated for Aug. 2-6. The United States will be directed by Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

Childress, during the 2002-03 season, helped lead the Cardinal to a 24-9 record, second place in the Pac-10 and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Childress, an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection, led the Cardinal in rebounding (8.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and second in scoring (14.1 ppg). Childress also led the team in blocks (46).

Childress is one of six Pac-10 players invited to the Trials. The other conference players are Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Desmond Farmer of USC, Arizona's Channing Frye, Ryan Hollins of UCLA and Luke Jackson of Oregon.

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