Davis on national team's short list

LSU men's basketball forward Glen Davis, the 2005 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year is among 21 of the country's top basketball players 21-years-old and under who have accepted invitations to attend the July 21-23 USA Basketball Men's U21 National Team Trials in Dallas, Texas.

The trials will be used to select the final 12-members U.S. U21 squad that will look to defend the USA's golf medal at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championships in Mar de Plata, Argentina, Aug. 5-14. The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, made athlete selections.

"It is obviously quite an honor for Glen Davis and our basketball program to have him invited to the trials," said LSU Coach John Brady. "But it is also an important honor for LSU. Anytime one of our basketball players or any student-athlete goes above and beyond the program to bring recognition to LSU is a positive. I'm extremely excited and happy for Glen to have been chosen to attend the trials."

In addition to Davis, also invited to the trials are Josh Boone (Connecticut); Aaron Brooks (Oregon); Shannon Brown (Michigan State); Rodney Carney (Memphis); JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State); Jared Dudley (Boston College); Nick Fazekas (Nevada); Rudy Gay (Connecticut); C. J. Giles (Kansas); Justin Gray (Wake Forest); Taj Gray (Oklahoma); Malik Hairston (Oregon); Adam Morrison (Gonzaga); Allan Ray (Villanova); J. J. Redick (Duke); Terrance Roberts (Syracuse); Rajon Rondo (Kentucky); Darius Washington, Jr. (Memphis); Marcus Williams (Connecticut); and, Curtis Withers (Charlotte).

The 21 athletes represent 17 NCAA Division I schools and 10 collegiate conferences, with Connecticut leading the schools with three and the Big East with five representatives.

Saint Joseph's University head coach Phil Martelli has been named as the USA team's head coach and his assistants will be James "Bruiser" Flint of Drexel and Dennis Felton from the University of Georgia. Trials will be conducted at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility inside the American Airlines Center July 21-23 with team finalists remaining in Dallas for the training camp, July 24-Aug. 1. The U.S. squad will compete in the July 27-31 Global Games at the Dr. Pepper Star Center. The eventual 12-member USA team will be announced during the training camp.

Davis started 29 of 30 games this past season, averaging 13.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds a game. Davis shot 51.3 percent from the floor and averaged 29.2 minutes per game.

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