"It was one of the most difficult decisions we as a committee have had because the team is so balanced," USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee Jim Boeheim told usabasketball.com. "It's probably one of the better groups of wing players we have had and all the guys are great players. It looks to be one of our most competitive teams for the World University Games. We have good shooters and athletic wing guys, which gives this team a good chance to compete."
Besides Pondexter, these were the other players named to the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team: 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.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); Evan Turner (Ohio State / Chicago, Ill.); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State / Brownsville, Tenn.).
Pondexter was the only Pac-10 player picked, and only one of two from the state of California. He will be playing alongside two players Washington played against in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies beat Varnado's Mississippi State team in the first round before losing to Hummel and Purdue.
The 2009 USA squad will remain in Colorado Springs for two-a-day practices through Wednesday, June 24. The team departs for Serbia on Thursday.
Pondexter makes USA team
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