Luke Jackson Invited to USA Basketball Team Trials

May 15, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Oregon guard Luke Jackson has been invited to participate in the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials, the organization announced Thursday.

Jackson, a 6-7 senior-to-be, is one of 52 players who will be trying to make the 12-member USA Pan American Games Team. The trials will be held May 30-June 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Michigan State's Tom Izzo is the head coach of the Pan Am team, while Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Missouri's Quin Snyder are the assistants. The Pan Am games will be held August 2-6 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A native of Creswell, Ore., Jackson averaged 16.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 2002-03 and was the only player in the Pac-10 ranked among the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. He earned all-Pac-10 first team and Pac-10 all-tournament honors as a junior. He ranks 11th in UO career scoring with 1,314 points, fifth in steals with 121 and ninth in assists with 285.

The Pan American team trials will be held concurrently with the trials for the USA Basketball Junior World Championship team, of which Oregon's Ernie Kent is the head coach. All 52 players are eligible for the Pan American team, but of those, only 24 are eligible for the Junior World team (19-years-old and younger). Players will not be placed on both teams.

Other Pac-10 players invited to the trials include Josh Childress of Stanford, Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Desmon Farmer of USC, Channing Frye of Arizona and Ryan Hollins of UCLA. Gonzaga's Blake Stepp, a graduate of South Eugene High School, also received an invitation.

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