Posted: Jul 31, 2011 12:37 PM by Ashley Colley
Updated: Aug 1, 2011 12:01 AM
COLUBMIA - Missouri senior Marcus Denmon is one of fourteen finalists who will be battling out for Team USA's twelve spots in the World University Games. Denmon tweeted on Sunday morning say, "Made the USA team, ready for our practice later this evening. Hard work, pays off."
"I think it's a great group," said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal. "We have a lot of balance. I think on the interior we have some shot-blockers, we have some athletes, guys that can really go and get the basketball and some real good shooters. We have some good, interchangeable parts, and a lot of talent, both returning talent and young. I'm really excited about the mix we have."
The other finalist joining Denmon are Tim Abromaitis of Notre Dame, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Draymond Green of Michigan State, JaMychal Green of Alabama, Scoop Jardine of Syracuse, John Jenkins of Vanderbilt, Orlando Johnson of UC Santa Barbara, Greg Mangano of Yale, Trevor Mbakwe of Minnesota, Ray McCallum of Detroit Mercy, Darius Miller of Kentucky, Aaric Murray of West Virginia and Shabazz Napier of Connecticut.
Workouts will continue through August 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado before the team departs for Shenzhen, China, on August 8. Once in China they will play an exhibition game vs. New Century of the Chinese Basketball Association on August 12. Team USA will open play on Saturday, August 13. Here is the full schedule (all times are in CT):
The competition schedule is subject to change.