CINCINNATI, Ohio– University of Cincinnati senior Eric Hicks is one of 13 of the nation's leading college basketball players who have accepted invitations to attend the USA Basketball trials and training camp for the 2005 Men's World University Games team.
The trials will be held July 28-Aug. 4 at the USA Basketball training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. A 12-man team will be selected for the World University Games, to be played on Aug. 11-22 in Izmir, Turkey.
Hicks, the Bearcats' 6-6 forward from Greensboro, N.C., averaged 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season to earn third team All-Conference USA honors. This will be his first experience in international competition.
Hicks will be competing with the likes of All-Americans Sheldon Williams of Duke and Craig Smith of Boston College, and six first team all-conference selections from the Atlantic Coast, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Pacific 10 and Southern conferences. Others who have accepted invitations are Greg Brunner and Jeff Horner of Iowa, Randy Foye of Villanova, Mike Gansey of West Virginia, Vincent Grier of Minnesota, Matt Haryasz and Chris Hernandez of Stanford, Gerry McNamara of Syracuse, Patrick Sparks of Kentucky and Brendan Winters of Davidson.
In addition to these 13, players competing in the 2005 USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team Trials on July 21-23 who are not selected for that team are eligible to participate in the 2005 World University Games Team Trials.
UC was last represented in the World University Games by Kenyon Martin and Pete Mickeal, who led the 1999 USA team to the Gold Medal. Martin, who was the leading scorer and rebounder on that team, used the experience to eventually make a sweep of college basketball's national player of the year honors in the 1999-00 season.