Terrico White makes USA U19 Team

Ole Miss' Terrico White made the 12-man roster of the Team USA U19 squad. That's an impressive accomplishment for the sophomore guard from Memphis.

But we all saw a glimpse of what the talented White could do last season when he shifted to point guard to take over when Chris Warren went down to a knee injury, another in a long line of setbacks that haunted the Rebels in 08-09.

Named SEC Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-American after the season, White played in all 31 games, starting 21. He averaged 30 minutes a contest, scored 13.7 points per game, grabbed 3.4 rebounds per outing, and dished out 72 assists.

Also selected to represent the United States at the FIBA U19 World Championship were DeAngelo Casto (Washington State / Spokane, Wash.), Seth Curry (Duke / Charlotte, N.C.), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh / Scotch Plains, N.J.) , Gordon Hayward (Butler / Brownsburg, Ind.), Shelvin Mack (Butler / Lexington, Ky.), Darius Miller (Kentucky / Maysville, Ky.), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP / Memphis, Tenn.), John Shurna (Northwestern / Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas / Jersey City, N.J.), Howard Thompkins (Georgia / Lithonia, Ga.) and Klay Thompson (Washington State / Ladera Ranch, Calif.).

The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship will be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.

In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.

"It means a lot to me to make this team," said the 6-foot-5 White. "I'm very honored to be able to play for the U.S. There are so many good players here, and I think this experience is going to make me a better player and a better person."

"We are very proud for Terrico as he will have the opportunity to represent our country in the 19-and-under World Championships," said Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy. "This special event will be the culmination of an outstanding first year of college basketball for him."

University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon will lead the USA U19 National Team. He is being assisted by collegiate head coaches Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University.

White becomes the next Rebel in a long tradition of participation with Team USA Basketball. Ansu Sesay was a member of the 1997 U.S. team that won the gold medal at the World University Games in Sicily. Keith Carter won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. In 2001, Justin Reed was a player and Rod Barnes an assistant coach with the bronze medal-winning squad at the World University Games in Beijing.

On the women's side, Jennifer Gillom won an Olympic gold medal playing with the 1988 U.S. team in Seoul, Peggie Gillom was an assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Armintie Price was an alternate for the 2005 World University Games and Carol Ross was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. U19 team in 2005.

The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship features 16 national teams comprised of athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990) that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments.

Sixteen nations will battle for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men title July 2-12 in New Zealand. The United States has been placed in Group B, along with Egypt, France and Iran. The 12 remaining 19-and-under national teams were distributed as such: Group A includes Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico; Group C consists of Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria; and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and host New Zealand.

The U.S. squad's preliminary round slate opens with a July 2 contest against Iran, followed by France on July 3, and the USA squad will celebrate the Fourth of July by taking on Egypt. The top three teams from each preliminary group will qualify for the preliminary second round, while the fourth place teams will qualify for the classification round to determine 13th to 16th places.

The 12 teams qualified for the second round, which will be played July 6-8, will be divided into groups E and F, with six teams in each group. The top three preliminary round teams from groups A and B will advance to Group E, and the top three from C and D will advance to Group F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with the final scores of all games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine the second round standings.

Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the two second round groups will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth places in Groups E and F will play for ninth through 12th places. The quarterfinals will be held on July 10, semifinals are slated for July 11 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 12.

*** Joey Jones at UM athletics media relations contributed to this story.

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