Big Baby begins U21 team trials

SEC Freshman of the Year Glen Davis will be among a group of 20 athletes taking part in the 2005 USA U21 Men's National Team Trials that begin Thursday in Dallas.

The athletes will vie for a spot on the final 12-member U.S. U21 squad that will look to defend the USA's gold medal at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship in Mar de Plata, Argentina, Aug. 5-14. The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, issued trials invitations.

Davis helped lead the Tigers to a 20-win season, an NCAA Tournament appearance and a 12-4 record in the SEC and first place in the Western Division of the league. He averaged 13.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds, while shooting 51.3 percent form the floor with 41 blocked shots.

Saint Joseph's University (Pa.) head coach Phil Martelli has been named as the USA team's head coach and acting as his assistants will be collegiate head coaches James "Bruiser" Flint of Drexel and Dennis Felton of Georgia.

The first Trials session will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility, followed by a 5 p.m. session that night at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. July 22 and 23 will again feature two-a-days with all four session taking place at Moody Coliseum. Team finalists will remain in Dallas for the USA's July 24-Aug. 1 training camp, while will feature a July 24 scrimmage against the Dallas Mavericks summer team, starting at 2 p.m. at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas.

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