Shakur playing at the Global Games

Arizona's point guard of the future, Mustafa Shakur, is competing with the USA Junior World Championship team at the Global Games in Dallas, Texas. Shakur, who will enroll at Arizona in the fall, is playing spot minutes but is already showing flashes of the talent that had the UA swooning.

The USA Junior squad is led by Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent and will compete July 10-20 in the 2003 FIBA Men's Junior World Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece. The tournament will feature 16 junior national teams that qualified last summer. The USA will open play against Slovenia on July 10, face China on July 11 and Nigeria on July 12. Second round action is scheduled for July 14-16, while the world championship semifinals are slated July 19. The finals will be played July 20.

The US squad opened the Global Games with a 79-63 win over Lithuania. The team used 13-25 three-point shooting to down the Lithuanians. Shakur played just a few mop-up minutes but scored two points on 2-2 free throw shooting and also dished out four assists and grabbed a pair of rebounds in the final minutes.

Shakur saw more time in the team's second game, a 97-77 win over the Global Games Select team made up of American players. In fact, Shakur was originally named to the Global Games team, but chose to play for Team USA instead. Shakur was impressive, hitting 3-5 shots from the field for six points. He also dished out a pair of assists.

Eligibility for the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Team is limited to any male athlete who is a U.S. citizen and 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984). The USA team finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee. The official 12-member USA junior team will be finalized during the team's June 24-July 6 training camp in Dallas. The USA squad as part of its training for the FIBA Junior World Championship is taking part in the 2003 Global Games that feature 10 teams.

Team USA will play Team Africa later tonite.

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