COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Duke rising sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon is one of 26 players scheduled to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp that begins Friday, June 14 and continues through June 19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 6-4 guard is coming off a rookie campaign in which he averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while garnering ACC All-Freshmen team accolades.
Participating in the USA U19 training camp along with Sulaimon are Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova); Bryce Alford (La Cueva H.S.); Brandon Ashley (Arizona); Canyon Barry (College of Charleston); Robert Carter (Georgia Tech); Damyean Dotson (Oregon); Kris Dunn (Providence College); Javan Felix (Texas); Michael Frazier (Florida); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech); Shaq Goodwin (Memphis); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse); Montrezl Harrell (Louisville); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S.); Elfrid Payton (Louisiana at Lafayette), Rodney Purvis (Connecticut); James Robinson (Pittsburgh); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State); Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee/); Devin Thomas (Wake Forest); Mike Tobey (Virginia); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S.).
Sulaimon, one of 16 players in the camp with previous USA Basketball experience, scored in double figures 22 times last season in helping Duke to a 30-6 record and an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance. The Houston, Texas, native knocked down 49 three-point field goals and was an 80.2 percent (93-of-113) shooter from the free throw line. Against Maryland on Jan. 26, Sulaimon hit a Duke freshman record-tying six three-pointers and finished with a career-high 25 points. A two-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Sulaimon earned a start in his first career game, becoming the ninth freshman guard (Dawkins, Amaker, Hurley, Langdon, J. Williams, Scheyer, Irving and Rivers) to start the season opener for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.
Sulaimon’s previous USA Basketball experience included a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil. He came off the bench in the tournament to average 10.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.1 percent (20-of-37) from the field. Sulaimon also played in the 2012 USA Basketball Nike Hoop Summit.
The 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, including Billy Donovan (Florida) as head coach, with Tony Bennett (Virginia) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth) as assistant coaches. Collegiate coaches Ed Cooley (Providence), Tim Ryan (College of Central Florida) and Buzz Williams (Marquette) will assist during the training camp as court coaches.
The USA U19 training camp will be used to select the 12-member USA team that will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The U19 training camp will begin on June 14 with the first session (5:30-7:30 p.m., all times are local time, MDT), followed by two sessions on June 15 (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m.) and one session on June 16 (8:30-11:00 a.m.). Team finalists will be announced following the June 16 morning session.
The team will train twice a day on June 17 and 18 (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m.) and will practice once on June 19 (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). The team will train twice a day at the Washington Wizards' practice facility in Washington, D.C., on June 20-22, then depart for Prague, Czech Republic, and the June 27-July 7 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Sixteen players enter the U19 training camp possessing a variety of prior USA Basketball experiences. Eight players, Goodwin, Grant, Harrell, Robinson, Purvis, Smart, Stokes and Sulaimon were all part of the 2012 USA U18 National Team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and qualified the United States for the FIBA U19 World Championship. Okafor and Winslow were members of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that collected gold, and Okafor was selected the tournament MVP and was joined on the FIBA U17 World Championship All-Tournament Team by Winslow. Gordon and Okafor were members of the 2011 USA U16 FIBA Americas gold-medalist team; Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson were members of the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that participated in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and Robinson and Sulaimon played for the USA in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. Hollis-Jefferson has also been part of the 2012 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team that won silver and the 2011 USA 3x3 Youth World Championship Team. Arcidiacono, Carter and Dunn boast of USA Basketball experience that came from participating in last year’s U18 National Team training camp, while Ashley, Gordon, Hollis-Jefferson, Okafor and Winslow were members of USA Basketball’s 2011-12 Developmental National Team.
The 26 players represent 15 states, including four hopefuls from Texas; three from Georgia; two from California, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; and one player each from Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Tennessee.
The roster of training camp participants features two rising college juniors, 17 rising sophomores, one redshirt freshman, four graduating high school seniors and two rising high school seniors.
Marcus Smart comes to the U19 training camp having been selected in 2012-13 The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Freshman of the Year, Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, while also earning All-Big 12 first team, All-Rookie and All-Defensive team honors. Payton was All-Sun-Belt first team, while Stokes in his sophomore season claimed All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) second team honors. Seven players earned all-freshman team honors from their respective conferences, including Arcidiacono (Big East Conference), Carter (Atlantic Coast Conference), Dotson (Pac-12 Conference), Frazier (SEC), Goodwin (Conference USA), Sulaimon (Atlantic Coast Conference) and Thomas (Atlantic Coast Conference).
Two training camp attendees were selected in 2013 as their state’s Gatorade State Player of Year, including Alford (Ariz.) and Winslow (Texas.). Marcus Smart (Texas) in 2012 earned his second-consecutive Gatorade State Player of the Year honor, while Dunn (Conn.) and Purvis (N.C.) also collected their state’s 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Future Arizona Wildcat Gordon earned MVP honors at the 2013 McDonald’s All-America Game, while also playing in the ’13 McDonald’s Game were Hollis-Jefferson and Williams-Goss.
The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee is responsible for player selections for the USA U19 World Championship Team. In addition to chair and NCAA representative Jim Boeheim, (Syracuse), the committee features four additional voting members: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a 2011 USA Pan American Games and 2004 USA U20 National Team member.
FIBA U19 World Championship
The FIBA U19 World Championship features some of the world’s best, young talent, and six different countries have claimed a gold medal in the past six U19 World Championships.
FIBA conducted the draw to determine the four preliminary round pools on Jan. 15, and the U.S. was placed in Group D with China (FIBA Asia gold), Ivory Coast (FIBA Africa silver) and Russia (FIBA Europe fourth place). Drawn into Group A for the June 27-29 preliminary round were Canada (FIBA Americas bronze), Croatia (FIBA Europe gold), South Korea (FIBA Asia silver) and Spain (FIBA Europe fifth place); Group B includes Argentina (FIBA Americas fourth place), host Czech Republic, Iran (FIBA Asia bronze) and Lithuania (FIBA Europe silver); while Group C is comprised of Australia (FIBA Oceania gold), Brazil (FIBA Americas silver), Senegal (FIBA Africa gold) and Serbia (FIBA Europe bronze).
The top three finishing teams from each first-round group advance to the second round that will be played July 1-3, where the 12 teams will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with preliminary-round results carrying over to the second-round standings. Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The quarterfinals will be held on July 5, semifinals are slated for July 6 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 7. Game times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years between 1979-2007. FIBA now conducts the U19 World Championship every two years. USA men's teams are 69-13 in the U19/Junior World Championships and have won four gold and three silver medals, most recently finishing with a 7-2 record and in fifth place in 2011.
Duke has had eight players previously play in the FIBA U19 World Championship, including Seth Curry who helped Team USA to a gold medal in 2009. Other Blue Devils to compete in the event were: J.J. Redick (2003); Taymon Domzalski (1995); Trajan Langdon (1995); Steve Wojciechowski (1995); Antonio Lang (1991); Cherokee Parks (1991); and Robert Brickey (1987).
USA U19 World Championship Team players of note include: Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Michael Beasley (2007); Dee Brown (2003); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Stephen Curry (2007); Seth Curry (2009); Paul Davis (2003); Eric Floyd (1979); Jonny Flynn (2007); Gordon Hayward (2009); Larry Johnson (1987); Jeremy Lamb (2011); Stephon Marbury (1995); Doug McDermott (2011); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); Wesley Person (1991); J.J. Redick (2003); Bobby Simmons (1999); Scott Skiles (1983); Klay Thompson (2009); Deron Williams (2003); and James Worthy (1979).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including the USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships, USA Basketball trials and USA teams.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships.
USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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