Harrell set to tryout for USA Basketball team

University of Louisville basketball player Montrezl Harrell has been selected to tryout for the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team. Harrell was one of 24 players selected for the tryouts to be June 14-19.

Montrezl Harrell has a solid freshman season for the national champion University of Louisville men's basketball team.

Now, Harrell is getting a little recognition for his play.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Harrell is one of 24 players from across the country selected to tryout for the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team. The tryouts will be June 14-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A native of Tarboro, N.C., Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes a game as a freshman for the Cardinals. He had a season-high 20 points in a Big East Tournament championship win against Syracuse.

"We have a really impressive group of talented players and a large number of the players have USA Basketball and college experience," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and the chair of the Men's Junior National team committee said. "The FIBA U19 World Championship might be from top to bottom the most competitive competition FIBA conducts. Any of the teams that are competing have a real chance to win the U19 gold medal as has been shown by six different countries winning the title over the last six U19 World Championships."

Florida's Billy Donovan will coach the team, along with Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart. The 12-player team will be selected after tryouts.

The World Championships will be played June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.


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