Aaron White survived the first wave of competition last week and has now been told today that he has survived yet again and will be a part of the 12-member team at the World University Games in July.
Roy Devyn Marble was not so fortunate.
White became one of the 16 finalists for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team last week after successfully surviving three days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. And then, according to White’s twitter account, was told today that he will be a part of the 12-player team in Russia.
“We are extremely proud and excited for Aaron White to have earned a spot on the USA World University roster,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “Being able to represent your country, and play in a tournament of this caliber, is a tremendous opportunity. We will be following him and Team USA these next couple weeks. This experience will give him incredible confidence heading into next season.”
Marble, on the other hand, did not make the first cut announced last week.
Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs through June 30 and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for Russia on July 1. The 2013 World University Games men’s basketball competition will take place July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.
“The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down,” said Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. “Usually, it’s pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.
“I think we have the nucleus of a really good team. We’ve got good big guys, we’ve got good wing players, we’ve got scorers, we’ve got shooters, so I think it’s a balanced team. That’s what you hope for on these teams.”
Joining White on the 2013 USA World University Games men’s basketball team roster will be: Spencer Dinwiddie(Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.); Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.); Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth/Temple Hills, Md.); Luke Hancock(Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.); Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah); Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.); Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.); Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa); Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio); Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.).
Davidson College’s Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.
“Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” said USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College). “I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we’ve got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team.”
Assisting McKillop on the USA sideline are John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.
McDermott is the only USA Basketball veteran on the team, and he was a member of the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-2 record in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.
Uthoff turning heads at Prime Time League
I have been reading a lot of information about this year’s Prime Time League in North Liberty and it appears that Jarrod Uthoff has been very impressive thus far.
Uthoff played his high school basketball in Cedar Rapids and will play for the Hawkeyes next season after spending one year at Wisconsin and one year on the bench due to the NCAA’s rule on transfers.
Iowa point guard Mike Gesell was quoted as saying Uthoff will be “a nightmare matchup” for opposing teams.
The former Mr. Iowa Basketball averaged 26 points per game in high school and has been waiting for his chance to show what he can do at the collegiate level.
With just one senior departing from last year’s 26-win team, it will be interesting to see who fits into this year’s mix with the additions of Uthoff and 2012-13 Mr. Iowa Basketball Peter Jok, who averaged better than 26 points for West Des Moines Valley last year.
The Hawkeyes will legitimately have two lineups that could be considered starters. Here is what the rotations may look like next year even though I have no idea who the actual five starters will be.
Starter: Mike Gesell
Backup: Anthony Clemmons
Starter: Roy Devyn Marble
Backup: Peter Jok
Starter: Jarrod Uthoff
Backup: Zach McCabe
Starter: Aaron White
Backup: Melsahn Basabe
Starter: Adam Woodbury
Backup: Gabe Olaseni