Gonzaga's Dickau Finalist For USA Basketball Squad
June 4, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gonzaga University senior point guard Dan Dickau is one of 16 finalists selected for the USA Basketball World University Games training camp to be held Aug. 10-17 in Denver, Colo.
The finalists were selected during USA Basketball Men's Trials that concluded Sunday.
Joining Dickau at the Denver Nuggets training camp will be Maurice Baker (Oklahoma State / Madison, Ill.), Antwain Barbour (Wabash Valley C.C./ Elizabethtown, Ky.), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall / Bronx, N.Y.), Earl Barron (Memphis / Clarksdale, Miss.), Lonny Baxter (Maryland / Silver Spring, Md.), Juan Dixon (Maryland / Baltimore, Md.), Erwin Dudley (Alabama / Uniontown, Ala.), Melvin Ely (Fresno State / Harvey, Ill.), Lynn Greer (Temple / Philadelphia, Pa.), Tahj Holden (Maryland / Red Bank, N.J.), Roger Mason, Jr. (Virginia / Silver Spring, Md.), Chris Owens (Texas / Duncanville, Texas), Justin Reed (Mississippi / Jackson, Miss.), Tamar Slay (Marshall / Beckley, W.Va.) and Tyler Smith (Penn State / Lake Forest, Ill.).
"I felt pretty good. I knew I probably needed to play well this morning as well, but I was playing hard and I came in with the attitude that I needed to work hard this weekend," Dickau said after hearing he had advanced. "I felt that if I did that, I'd have a good shot at making the team. I had a good time this weekend overall. Being at altitude was difficult, but it wasn't as bad as some people said it might be, but it was a good time."
The World University Games, held every two years, is a multi-sport competition open to athletes 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 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's Dunn will 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.
Dickau becomes the second Bulldog to compete in the World University Games. Matt Santangelo played for the 1999 Gold medal USA squad. Dickau was an All-West Coast Conference selection while helping the Bulldogs to their third straight NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen this past spring.
The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee is chaired by Terry Holland (athletic director, University of Virginia) and 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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