NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games training camp.
The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men's basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.
The USA Basketball Men's Basketball Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach at Syracuse University), is expected to announce the finalists for the squad on July 31. Training camp for the selected players will continue from July 31-Aug. 7 at the USOTC, with the official roster announcement coming prior to the team's departure for China on Aug. 8.
Abromaitis is one of six current Big East players on the list of the 24 who have accepted invitations to attend the camp. In addition to Abromaitis, Big East stars attending the World Championship Team training camp will be: Yancy Gates (Cincinnati/Cincinnati, Ohio); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Pines, N.J.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); Aaric Murray (West Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); and Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.).
Abromaitis, BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and 2011 and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American honoree, averaged double figures for the second consecutive season as he finished as the team's second-leading scorer with a 15.4 scoring average. He also was the team's second-leading rebounder, grabbing a career-best 6.1 boards per game. He became the third player in Big East history to earn the Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Abromaitis has scored in double figures in 57 games; reached the 20-plus point mark on 21 occasions and has hit for 30-plus on three occasions. He was a third team all-Big East selection and was named MVP of the Old Spice Classic.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter, who previously served as an assistant on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team that won the gold medal, will serve as head coach, while Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin and Butler head coach Brad Stevens will assist Painter on the sidelines. In addition to Boeheim, the USA Men's Basketball Junior National Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar(University of Washington head coach), Bruce Weber (University of Illinois head coach) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina head coach); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team and former Duke All-American.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between Jan. 1, 1987 and Dec. 31, 1993) and who are or have been with the past year, a student at a college or university.
The United States, which has claimed a medal in every World University Games since beginning play in 1965, has captured a record 13 gold medals, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 19 World University Games in which a USA Basketball men's squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 won-loss record in World University Games play.
The United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. Most recently, the '09 USA team earned a bronze medal after finishing 6-1 with a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
2011 USA Men's World University Games Team Training Camp RosterFive of the 2011 roster hopefuls possess prior USA Basketball experience: Jardine and Shurna were members of the USA Select Team that trained against the USA Men's National Team in 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev. Gibbs, Miller and Shurna helped the USA to a gold medal and 9-0 record at the '09 FIBA U19 World Championship, while JaMycal Green was a member of the 2008 team that finished with a 4-1 record and silver medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship that year.
- Tim Abromaitis: Notre Dame
- Bradford Burgess: VCU
- Marcus Denmon: Missouri
- Kim English: Missouri
- Yancy Gates: Cincinnati
- Ashton Gibbs: Pittsburgh
- Draymond Green: Michigan State
- JaMychal Green: Alabama
- Tu Holloway: Xavier
- Scoop Jardine: Syracuse
- John Jenkins: Vanderbilt
- Orlando Johnson: UC Santa Barbara
- Greg Mangano: Yale
- Kendall Marshall: North Carolina
- Trevor Mbawke: Minnesota
- C.J. McCollum: Lehigh
- Khris Middleton: Texas
- Darius Miller: Kentucky
- Tony Mitchell: Alabama
- Aaric Murray: West Virginia
- Alex Oriakhi: Connecticut
- John Shurna: Northwestern
- Jordan Taylor: Wisconsin