This edition of the World University Games will be played in Belgrade, Serbia, starting July 2 and running through the 12th.
As a junior Varnado became the first two-time selection as SEC Defensive Player of the Year, having broken the league record for blocked shots that he had tied the season before. Varnado blocked 170 this past season and has 394 for his career, needing 18 more to match the SEC career record.
Varnado submitted his name for the NBA draft in April and was told by pro analysts what State coaches and fans knew, that his offensive game needs improvement. He did raise his scoring average by five points, from 7.9 to 12.9 as a junior.