Shakur and Wise named to international team

Two future Wildcat point guards will represent Team USA in the Global Games. Wildcat signee Mustafa Shakur has been named to the team and Nic Wise, who has verbally committed to Arizona, was named an alternate to the squad that will play in the international tournament to be held June 29th-July 5th on the Campus of Southern Methodist University.

The Global Games is an international amateur basketball tournament that annually brings the world's top amateur players to Dallas, Texas. This year's Global Games will feature some of the world's best 21 and under junior national teams. Teams from Brazil, Yugoslavia, Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Ukraine will try to unseat the defending champions from the USA.

Shakur is joined on the 15-player roster by a number of the top recruits in the country, as well as a pair of talented juniors. Oregon signee Aaron Brooks, Kansas' J.R. Giddens and future Tennessee player Major Wingate are among the bigger names on the team that features nine players from Texas or headed to a Texas university. Six-foot-11 LaMarcus Aldridege and 6-7 Jeremis Smith are the two high school players on the regular roster.

Joining Shakur at point guard is Brooks and Dez Willingham, a 5-9 signee of Kansas State.

The bigger news is that high school freshman and future Wildcat Nic Wise was named an alternate on the team. Wise and Dallas' Darrell Arthur are the first freshmen to be selected.

Nic's talent is undeniable," said Global Games Executive Director Michael Sorell. "He is a young man whose future is extraordinarily bright. Anytime you have Arizona offering a point guard a scholarship as a freshman, you can be very comfortable with his skill level and passion for the game. We are thrilled to have him.

Last year's Global Games Select Team was the only squad representing the United States to win a gold medal in international competition. That team had the likes of Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech), Bracey Wright (Indiana), Ike Diogu (Arizona State) and Antoine Wright (Texas A&M).

TEAM USA ROSTER Blake Adams-Aldine (TX) Nimitz HS, 6-5 (TCU)
LaMarcus Aldridge-Seagoville (TX) HS, 6-11
Morris Almond-McEachern (GA), HS (Rice)
Aaron Brooks-Seattle (WA) Franklin HS, 5-11 (Oregon)
Demetric Bennett-Albany (GA) Monroe HS, 6-4 (SMU)
Ronnie Brewer-Fayetteville (AR) HS, 6-6 (Arkansas)
Warren Carter-Lake Highlands (TX) HS, 6-9 (Illinois)
J.R. Giddens-Oklahoma City (OK) John Marshall HS, 6-6 (Kansas)
Martin Iti-Durham (NC) Mt. Zion HS, 6-11 (UNC-Charlotte)
Acie Law IV-Dallas Kimball HS, 6-3 (Texas A&M)
MUSTAFA SHAKUR-Wynnewood (PA) Friends Central, 6-3 (Arizona)
Jeremis Smith-Ft. Worth (TX) Dunbar HS, 6-7
Phillip Thomasson-Burleson (TX) HS, 6-8 (Colorado State)
Dez Willingham-De Soto (TX) HS, 5-9 (Kansas State)
Major Wingate-Suwanee (GA) North HS, 6-10 (Tennessee)

Tyrone Nelson-Hempstead (TX) HS, 6-9 (Baylor)
Brent Hackett-Ft. Worth (TX) Southwest HS, 6-3
Darrell Arthur-Dallas South Oak Cliff, 6-8
Nic Wise-Missouri City (TX) Hightower HS, 5-9

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