Morrison Heads To USA Basketball Trials
June 20, 2005
COLOROADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gonzaga University junior forward Adam Morrison is among 21 players who have accepted invitations to the USA Men's Basketball U21 National Team Trials in Dallas, Texas, July 21-23.
The trials will be used to selected the final 12-member U.S. U21 National Team that will look to defend the USA's gold medal at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship in Mar de Plata, Argentina, Aug. 5-14. Athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim. The U21 team is comprised of players born on or after Jan., 1, 1984.
In addition to Morrison, athletes expected to compete for spots on the 2005 USA U21 National Team include: Josh Boone (Connecticut / Mt. Airy, Md.); Aaron Brooks (Oregon / Seattle, Wash.); Shannon Brown (Michigan State / Maywood, Ill.); Rodney Carney (Memphis / Indianapolis, Ind.); JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State / Pleasant Grove, N.C.); Glen Davis (Louisiana State / Baton Rouge, La.); Jared Dudley (Boston College / San Diego, Calif.); Nick Fazekas (Nevada / Arvada, Colo.); Rudy Gay (Connecticut / Baltimore, Md.); C.J. Giles (Kansas / Seattle, Wash.); Justin Gray (Wake Forest / Charlotte, N.C.); Taj Gray (Oklahoma / Wichita, Kan.); Malik Hairston (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.); Allan Ray (Villanova / Bronx, N.Y.); J.J. Redick (Duke/Roanoke, Va.); Terrence Roberts (Syracuse / Jersey City, N.J.); Rajon Rondo (Kentucky / Louisville, Ky.); Darius Washington, Jr. (Memphis / Winter Park, Fla.); Marcus Williams (Connecticut / Los Angeles, Calif.); and Curtis Withers (Charlotte / Charlotte, N.C.).
Of the 13 athletes boasting of prior USA Basketball experience, Justin Gray, Morrison and Withers were members of the 2004 USA U21 World Championship Qualifying Team that captured gold and earned the United States its berth to this year's U21 Worlds. Redick was a member of the 2003 USA Junior World Championship Team that finished fifth with a 7-1 record; Brooks helped the 2002 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team earn a bronze medal, and Gay and Hairston were on the USA Junior National Select Team that downed a World Select Team 99-79 in the 2004 Hoop Summit. Additionally, Brown (2002 North), Curry (2002 and 2003 South), Fazekas (2002 West), Hairston (2003 North), Redick (2000 and 2001 East), Roberts (2002 East), Washington (2003 South) and Marcus Williams (2002 West) all got their start in USA Basketball at a Youth Development Festival and Carney participated in the 2004 USA Men's National Team Trials.
Morrison was a first-team West Coast Conference selection and an Associated Press honorable mention All-America pick in 2005. A graduate of Spokane's Mead High, he averaged a team-leading 19.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.8 assists/game as the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season. He was also named MVP of the 2005 WCC Tournament won by the Bulldogs. He was also a U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District 9 and a Basketball Times All-West Coast first-team selection.
The 21 athletes represent 17 NCAA Division I schools and 10 collegiate conferences, with Connecticut and the Big East leading the charge with three and five representatives, respectively.
Saint Joseph's University head coach Phil Martelli has been named as the USA team's head coach and acting as his assistants will be collegiate head coaches James `Bruiser' Flint from Drexel University and Dennis Felton from the University of Georgia.
Collegiate head coaches Jeremy Cox of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Mike Dunlap of Metropolitan State College of Denver and Paul Patterson of Taylor University will serve as court coaches at the 2005 USA Basketball Men's U21 National Team Trials.
Trials will be conducted at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility inside the American Airlines Center and the first Trials session will be held on Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. (all times local), followed by a 5:00 p.m. session that night. July 22 and 23 will again feature two-a-days with starting times at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Team finalists will remain in Dallas for the USA's July 24-Aug. 1 training camp, which will feature a July 24 practice at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas. The training camp will conclude with a pair of daily practices at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 25 and July 26. The U.S. squad will then compete in the July 27-31 Global Games at the Dr. Pepper Star Center. The eventual 12-member USA team will be announced during the training camp.
Following one more practice session on Aug. 1 (site and time TBD), the American team will travel to Argentina for its final practices before tipping off play at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship on Aug. 5.
Contested Aug. 5-14 in Cordoba and Mar del Plata, Argentina, the 2005 FIBA Men's U21 World Championship will consist of 12 national teams split into two groups for preliminary round-robin play. The top four teams in each group will advance to the medal quarterfinals, while the 5th and 6th place finishing teams in each group will compete for 9th-12th place.
The U21 World Championship draw took place March 10 in Argentina and the USA (Americas No. 1) will compete in Mar del Plata in preliminary round Group B, opening up Aug. 5 against China (Asia No. 2). Facing Lithuania (Europe No. 3) on Aug. 6, the United States will go up against Puerto Rico (Americas No. 2) on Aug. 7, before closing out the first round against Nigeria (Africa No. 1) on Aug. 9 and Slovenia (Europe No. 1) on Aug. 10. Group A, which will compete in Cordoba, includes Argentina (Americas No. 3 & host), Australia (Oceania No. 1), Canada (Americas No. 4), Greece (Europe No. 4), Iran (Asia No. 1) and Israel (Europe No. 2).
Initiated in 1993 as the FIBA 22 & Under World Championship, the USA captured gold in the inaugural tournament with a perfect 8-0 record. In 1997, the Americans compiled a 5-2 record and finished fifth. Most recently in 2001, with the event known as the FIBA World Championship For Young Men and Martelli assisting on the sidelines, the USA was impressive, rolling to an unblemished 8-0 mark to capture gold.
The USA men are not only defending FIBA World Champs at the U21 level, but the U.S. squad last summer dominated its FIBA Americas competition in striking gold with a 5-0 record. Overall, in the three previous FIBA World Championships for this age group, the USA has won gold twice and compiled a 22-2 record.
Name Pos Ht Wt. DOB YOG School/Hometown Josh Boone F 6-10 237 11/21/84 2007 Connecticut / Mt. Airy, Md. Aaron Brooks G 6-0 160 1/15/85 2007 Oregon / Seattle, Wash. Shannon Brown G 6-3 200 11/29/85 2007 Michigan State / Maywood, Ill. Rodney Carney F 6-7 205 4/05/84 2006 Memphis / Indianapolis, Ind. JamesOn Curry G 6-3 190 1/07/86 2008 Oklahoma State / Pleasant Grove, N.C. Glen Davis F 6-9 310 1/01/86 2008 Louisiana State / Baton Rouge, La. Jared Dudley F 6-7 220 7/10/85 2007 Boston College / San Diego, Calif. Nick Fazekas F 6-11 225 6/17/85 2007 Nevada / Arvada, Colo. Rudy Gay F 6-9 220 8/17/86 2008 Connecticut / Baltimore, Md. C.J. Giles C 6-10 220 9/23/85 2008 Kansas / Seattle, Wash. Justin Gray G 6-2 185 3/31/84 2006 Wake Forest / Charlotte, N.C. Taj Gray F 6-9 235 3/14/84 2006 Oklahoma / Wichita, Kan. Malik Hairston G 6-6 200 2/03/87 2008 Oregon / Detroit, Mich. Adam Morrison F 6-8 205 7/19/84 2007 Gonzaga / Spokane, Wash. Allan Ray G 6-2 200 6/17/84 2006 Villanova / Bronx, N.Y. J.J. Redick G 6-4 190 6/24/84 2006 Duke / Roanoke, Va. Terrence Roberts F 6-9 228 8/14/85 2007 Syracuse / Jersey City, N.J. Rajon Rondo G 6-1 171 2/22/86 2008 Kentucky / Louisville, Ky. Darius Washington, Jr. G 6-2 195 12/06/85 2008 Memphis / Winter Park, Fla. Marcus Williams G 6-3 205 12/03/85 2007 Connecticut / Los Angeles, Calif. Curtis Withers F 6-8 230 8/02/84 2008 Charlotte / Charlotte, N.C.
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