USA Basketball adds three impressive coaches to World University team tryout camp

21 Jul

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Three of the best young college basketball coaches in the country are taking their talents to USA Basketball at the end of the month.

Arizona’s Sean Miller, Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart were selected as court coaches for the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games National Team Training Camp from July 29 to August 7 in Colorado Springs.

Nearly two dozen of the top college players in the country will participate in the training camp and battle for their chance to be a part of the 12 man team that competes in the World University Games in China in mid August.

Purdue’s Matt Painter will coach the team and have Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler as his assistants.

The invitee list of players is much more impressive than the U19 team that just returned from Latvia.

Here’s who Miller, Bennett and Smart will be working with:

Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/ Unionville, Conn.)
Bradford Burgess
(VCU/Midlothian, Va.)
Marcus Denmon
(Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.)
Kim English
(Missouri/Baltimore, Md.)
Yancy Gates
(Cincinnati/ Cincinnati, Ohio)
Ashton Gibbs
(Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.)
Draymond Green
(Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.)
JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.)
Tu Holloway
(Xavier/Hempstead, N.Y.)
Scoop Jardine
(Syracuse/ Philadelphia, Pa.)
John Jenkins
(Vanderbilt/Hendersonville, Tenn.)
Orlando
Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/ Seaside, Calif.)
Greg Mangano
(Yale/Orange, Conn.)
Trevor Mbakwe
(Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.)
C.J. McCollum
(Lehigh/Canton, Ohio)
Khris Middleton
(Texas A&M/North Charleston, S.C.)
Darius Miller
(Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.)
Tony Mitchell
(Alabama/Swainsboro, Ga.)
Aaric Murray
(West Virginia/ Philadelphia, Pa.)
Alex Oriakhi
(Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.)
John Shurna (Northwestern/ Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin/ Bloomington, Minn.)

If I were to guess who makes the 12-man team it would be as follows:

Guards: Denmon, Gibbs, Holloway, Taylor
Wings: Burgess, Jenkins, Middleton, Mitchell
Bigs: Gates, Green, Oriakhi, Shurna

Note: Turns out Tu Holloway withdrew earlier in the week. Scratch him off the list. Hello Scoop Jardine!

Note 2: Turns out Jordan Taylor is withdrawing due to minor surgery on his ankle. Scratch him off the list, too. Hello C.J. McCollum!

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