Dickau Selected For USA Basketball Trials

May 16, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gonzaga University point guard Dan Dickau is one of 45 players who have accepted invitations to participate in USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials as announced by USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee.

The list is highlighted by seven players who participated in the 2001 NCAA Final Four. Chaired by University of Virginia athletic director Terry Holland, the Committee will select finalists for two teams - the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team and the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team - following the three-day Trials which will be held June 1-3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2001 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials will begin Friday, June 1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (all times MDT). Sessions will follow from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and will conclude on Sunday, June 3 with a session from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Dickau helped lead the Bulldogs into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight season. Gonzaga captured the West Coast Conference regular-season title and the WCC Tournament title to earn the automatic berth into the NCAA field. Dickau was a WCC first-team selection and was named the MVP of the WCC Tournament.

Joining Dickau in accepting their invitation were: Maurice Baker (Oklahoma State / Madison, Ill.), Antwain Barbour (Wabash Valley C.C./ Elizabethtown, Ky.), Earl Barron (Memphis / Clarksdale, Miss.), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall / Bronx, N.Y.), Lonny Baxter (Maryland / Silver Spring, Md.), Troy Bell (Boston College / Minneapolis, Minn.), Todd Billet (Virginia / Middletown, N.J.), LaVell Blanchard (Michigan / Ann Arbor, Mich.), Carlos Boozer (Duke / Juneau, Alaska), Cory Bradford (Illinois / Memphis, Tenn.), Caron Butler (Connecticut / Racine, Wis.), Brian Cook (Illinois / Lincoln, Ill.), Juan Dixon (Maryland / Baltimore, Md.), Erwin Dudley (Alabama / Uniontown, Ala.), Chris Duhon (Duke / Slidell, La.), Mike Dunleavy (Duke / Lake Oswego, Ore.), Melvin Ely (Fresno State / Harvey, Ill.), Reggie Evans (Iowa / Pensacola, Fla.), Lynn Greer (Temple / Philadelphia, Pa.), Rod Grizzard (Alabama / Birmingham, Ala.), Brooks Hall (Dayton / Troy, Ohio), Tahj Holden (Maryland / Red Bank, N.J.), Joshua Howard (Wake Forest / Winston-Salem, N.C.), Jared Jeffries (Indiana / Bloomington, Ind.), Donhtay Jones (Duke / Mamilton Square, N.J.), Jason Kapono (UCLA / Lakewood, Calif.), Steve Lepore (Wake Forest / North Olmsted, Ohio), John Linehan (Providence / Chester, Pa.), Steve Logan (Cincinnati / Cleveland, Ohio), Roger Mason, Jr. (Virginia / Silver Spring, Md.), Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's / Chester, Pa.), Marvin O'Connor (St. Joseph's / Philadelphia, Pa.), Chris Owens (Texas / Duncanville, Texas ), Justin Reed (Mississippi / Jackson, Miss.), Darius Rice (Miami / Jackson, Miss.), Preston Shumpert (Syracuse / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), Tamar Slay (Marshall / Beckley, W.V.), Tyler Smith (Penn State / Lake Forest, Ill.), Michael Sweetney (Georgetown / Oxen Hill, Md.), Marcus Taylor (Michigan State / Lansing, Mich.), David West (Xavier / Garner, N.C.), Frank Williams (Illinois / Peoria, Ill.), Kelly Wise (University of Memphis / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), Glen Worley (Iowa / Iowa City, Iowa).

Three members from Duke's 2001 NCAA championship team, Boozer, Duhon and Dunleavy, three members of Maryland's Final Four squad, Baxter, Dixon, Holden, and Michigan State Final Four team member Taylor will vie for roster positions on one of the two USA Basketball teams being selected during the Trials. The lone participant from the junior college ranks, Barbour, led his squad to the 2001 NJCAA championship, earning MVP honors of the 2001 NJCAA Tournament in the process.

Of the 45 athletes who are expected to participate in the 2001 Trials, 10 have been involved with USA Basketball teams in the past. The Trials group includes 16 who recently completed their junior seasons, 18 who concluded their sophomore years, 10 were NCAA freshmen in 2000-01, and one finished his first season at the NJCAA Division I level. Of the 45 athletes, 11 earned All-America honors, eight earned Freshman All-America honors, eight claimed postseason tournament honors, 33 earned all-conference honors, five were Player of the Year in their conference, five were Freshman/Rookie/Newcomer of the Year in their conference, one was Defensive Player of the Year, one was Most Improved, five were MVPs of their conference Tournament, 12 were selected to their conference all-tournament teams, and five were named to their conference All-Defensive team.

All told, there are 31 NCAA universities and one NJCAA school represented, with Duke sending four players, Illinois and Maryland both list three, while Alabama, Iowa, Memphis, St. Joseph's, Virginia and Wake Forest each feature a pair. Players from 11 NCAA conferences will attend the Trials, with the ACC leading the way with 10 athletes, while the Big Ten and Big East conferences have nine and eight players each respectively, the Atlantic 10 Conference features five, Conference-USA three, Big 12 has two, and the Mid-American, Pac-10, Western Athletic and West Coast feature one each.

The 2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team will compete August 3-12 in Saitama, Japan, in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men Tournament. Featuring 12 teams that have been divided into two preliminary round pools consisting of six teams each, the United States was placed in Pool B with Argentina, Croatia, Israel, Japan and South Korea. The six teams comprising preliminary Pool A include Australia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Qatar, Slovenia and Spain. Any male athlete who is a U.S. citizen and is 21-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1980) is eligible for the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team.

Held every four years and originally designed for men 22-years-old or younger, FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21-years-old or younger in December 1998 and changed the competition name to the World Championship for Young Men. The U.S. captured gold in the inaugural competition which was held in 1993 and known as the FIBA 22 And Under World Championship, and in 1997 finished fifth with a 6-2 record.

Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim will serve as head coach of the 2001 USA world Championship for Young Men squad, and he will be assisted by Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon and Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's University (Pa.). The final 12-member team will be named during the team's July 22-30 training camp which will be held at a site to be determined.

The World University Games, held every two years, is a multi-sport competition open to men between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983), who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. This summer the World University Games will be held Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The men's basketball competition, currently featuring collegiate teams from 28 countries, has been divided into eight preliminary round pools. Placed into Pool B, the United States will face Iran, South Africa and Turkey in preliminary round play.

Penn State University (Pa.) head coach Jerry Dunn has been selected to serve as head coach for the 2001 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Rod Barnes from the University of Mississippi and Al Skinner from Boston College (Mass.) will assist Dunn on the sidelines. The final 12-member team will be named during the team's Aug. 10-18 training camp which will be held at a site to be determined.

The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Holland, consists of: NCAA appointees Boeheim, Rob Evans (head coach, Arizona State University), Jim O'Brien (head coach, Ohio State University) and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Kentucky), NABC appointee Oliver Purnell (head coach, University of Dayton, Ohio), NAIA appointee Ralph Turner (head coach, Union University, Tenn.), NJCAA appointee Dan Sparks (head coach, Vincennes University, Ind.), and athlete representatives Steve Wojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team / assistant coach, Duke University, N.C.) and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team / head coach, Nassau Community College, N.Y.).



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