David Padgett, the 6-11 center from Reno, Nevada, was selected as a finalist for the USA Men's Junior World Championship team today."> David Padgett, the 6-11 center from Reno, Nevada, was selected as a finalist for the USA Men's Junior World Championship team today.">

Padgett named USA finalist

Tar Heels target <a href="http://northcarolina.theinsiders.com/2/41370.html">David Padgett</a>, the 6-11 center from Reno, Nevada, was selected as a finalist for the USA Men's Junior World Championship team today.

Padgett was one of 16 players who made the cut from the 31 players in attendance, which came from the classes of 2002, 2003 and 2004.

"Only 34 guys in the country get a chance to do this and for me to be selected, a kid from Nevada, I think it's the greatest honor I've ever gotten," Padgett said.

Duke commitment Kris Humphries was also named a finalist, as was former Carolina target Brad Buckman. The team will be cut to 12 during the team's July 14-22 training camp in Miami, Fla

2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team Finalists

Mohamed Abukar F 6-9 200 01/01/85 2003 Rancho Bernardo(+Georgia)/Southern California All-Stars /Escondido, CA
Carmelo Anthony F 6-8 217 05/29/84 2002 Oak Hill Academy, Va. (#Syracuse)/Baltimore Blue/ Baltimore, MD
Christopher Bosh F 6-11 210 03/24/84 2002 Lincoln (#Georgia Tech)/Texas Bluechips/Lancaster, TX
Aaron Brooks G 6-0 160 01/14/85 2003 Franklin / Rotary Select / Seattle, WA
Daniel (Dee) Brown G 6-0 165 08/17/84 2002 Proviso East (#Illinois)/Illinois Wildcats/Maywood, IL
Brad Buckman F 6-9 235 01/11/84 2002 Westlake (#Texas)/ Double Pump/Austin, TX
Derrick Byars F 6-7 200 04/25/84 2002 Ridgeway (#Virginia)/Memphis, TN
Matt Gorman F 6-8 225 05/01/84 2002 Watertown (#Syracuse)/Mickey Walker/Watertown, NY
Dion Harris G 6-4 200 04/27/85 2003 Detroit Redford (+Michigan)/Detroit, MI
Daniel Horton G 6-3 185 00/00/00 2002 Cedar Hill (#Michigan)/Cedar Hill, TX
Kris Humphries F 6-8 225 02/06/85 2003 Hopkins (+Duke)/Howard Pulley Panthers/Chaska, MN
Andre Iguodala F 6-6 205 01/28/84 2002 Lanphier (#Arizona)/Illinois Warriors/Springfield, IL
David Padgett C 6-11 245 02/13/85 2003 Reno/Pump N' Run All Stars/Reno, NV
Mustafa Shakur G 6-3 170 08/18/84 2003 Philadelphia Friends Central / Wynnewood, PA
Deron Williams G 6-3 200 06/26/84 2002 The Colony (#Illinois)/Fort Worth Lions/The Colony, TX
Antione Wright F 6-7 190 02/06/84 2002 Lawrence Academy, MA (#Texas A&M) /Inland / San Bernardino, CA

#Has signed national letter-of-intent with school indicated 

+ Has made a verbal commitment to the school indicated

Head Coach: Ernie Kent, University of Oregon
Assistant Coach: Bob McKillop, Davidson College (N.C.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Waters, Rutgers University (N.J.)
Athletic Trainer: Joe Sharpe, University of Connecticut

USA Basketball Press Release ...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2002) – After three days of Trials that featured 31 participants and three others who had requested a waiver from the Trials, 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team were selected and announced today by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Terry Holland, University of Virginia athletic director emeritus. To be eligible for consideration for the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, a player must be a U.S. citizen and 18-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984).

The 16 finalists selected were: Mohamed Abukar (Rancho Bernardo H.S. / Escondido, Calif.); Carmelo Anthony (Oak Hill Academy, Va. / Baltimore, Md.); Christopher Bosh (Lincoln H.S. / Lancaster, Texas); Aaron Brooks (Franklin H.S. / Seattle, Wash.); Daniel Brown (Proviso East H.S. / Maywood, Ill.); Brad Buckman (Westlake H.S. / Austin, Texas); Derrick Byars (Ridgeway H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); Matt Gorman (Watertown H.S. / Watertown, N.Y.); Dion Harris( Detroit Redford H.S. / Detroit, Mich.); Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill H.S. / Cedar Hill, Texas); Kris Humphries (Hopkins H.S. / Chaska, Minn.); Andre Iguodala (Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); David Padgett (Reno H.S. / Reno, Nev.); Mustafa Shakur (Philadelphia Friends Central H.S. / Wynnewood, Pa.); Deron Williams (The Colony H.S. / The Colony, Texas) and Antione Wright (Lawrence Academy, Mass. / San Bernadino, Calif.).

University of Oregon mentor Ernie Kent will serve as head coach of the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, and will be assisted by Bob McKillop of Davidson College (N.C.) and Gary Waters of Rutgers University (N.J.).

"I really like this group because the thing that jumped out at me is they are all great guys, we have tremendous character. When you go overseas and you spend that amount of time together that's huge for you," said USA mentor Kent. "Our athleticism is really, really good even though we may not have the true dominating big guy center types that these teams have had in the past. But I still think our athleticism is going to give us the opportunity to do some things and to be pretty beneficial in terms of our success.

"We want to be a running and attacking basketball team, but at the same time we're going to have to defend people there. We're going to have to give ourselves an opportunity to get out and run and get easy buckets in transition and to do that you're going to have to defend. For high school players who have never had a college coach, we've already talked to them and it's going to be a little bit of a shock to their system to make an adjustment, because the accountability is going to be huge for us both offensively and defensively and playing together, staying together. These guys I think will be able to handle that," added Kent

The Trials, which began Friday, May 31 and featured four sessions through Sunday morning, June 2, were used to select the 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team. The official 12-member USA junior team will be selected during the team's July 14-22 training camp which will be held in Miami, Fla. The USA Basketball junior team will compete July 24-28 in the 2002 COPABA (Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations) Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament that is being held in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Featuring eight teams from North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, the United States will attempt to earn one of the Americas Zone's four qualifying spots for next year's 2003 FIBA Junior World Championship that will be held in Malaysia (city and dates TBD).

Four of the finalists, Anthony, Gilchrist, Gorman and Williams, participated in the 2001 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival. The USA finalists also feature seven players who were named to one of Parade Magazine's four All-America Teams and two players who earned All-America honors from USA Today. The finalists include 10 players who recently completed their senior high school season and who have signed with major NCAA Division I basketball programs and six who concluded their junior year in 2001-02.

The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Holland, consists of: NCAA appointees Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University, N.Y.); Rob Evans (head coach, Arizona State University); Jim O'Brien (head coach, Ohio State University) and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Kentucky); NABC appointee Oliver Purnell (head coach, University of Dayton, Ohio); NAIA appointee Ralph Turner (head coach, Union University, Tenn.); NJCAA appointee Dan Sparks (head coach, Vincennes University, Ind.), and athlete representatives Steve Wojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team / assistant coach, Duke University, N.C.) and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team / head coach, Nassau Community College, N.Y.).

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