Thompson Earns Spot on USA Squad

Following three days of trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball today announced the 12-member team that will represent the USA in the 2009 World University Games, July 2-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Named to the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team were: James Anderson (Oklahoma State / Junction City, Ark.); Talor Battle (Penn State / Albany, N.Y.); Trevor Booker (Clemson / Whitmire, S.C.); Craig Brackins (Iowa State / Palmdale, Calif.); Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia / Newark, N.J.); Corey Fisher (Villanova / Bronx, N.Y.); Lazar Hayward (Marquette / Buffalo, N.Y.); Robbie Hummel (Purdue / Valparaiso, Ind.); Quincy Pondexter (Washington / Fresno, Calif.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); Evan Turner (Ohio State / Chicago, Ill.); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State / Brownsville, Tenn.).

University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was selected head coach of the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team, with Frank Haith of the University of Miami and Rob Jeter of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee serving as assistant coaches.

Q&A with Deon Thompson

How does it feel to be named to this team?
It means a lot. This is my second time doing this. It feels good to know that you can go out and compete against a lot of great players and be able to make the team.

What do you hope to bring to the team?
With me being a senior and going to a place I have been before, just leadership on and off the court. Being able to lead the guys and score the ball down low.

What will it mean to you to go overseas and compete internationally for your country?
It means a lot. You're a little prideful knowing that all those guys want to beat us because USA Basketball is the best brand of basketball in the world. It definitely means a lot just to put on that jersey and know your representing your country.

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