Morrison Withdraws From Trials
July 18, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gonzaga University junior Adam Morrison has withdrawn from the USA Basketball U21 National Team Trials because of summer school commitments.
Morrison was one of three invitees who were unable to participate, joining Rodney Carney (Memphis / Indianapolis, Ind.), who suffered a rib injury, and Malik Hairston (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.), who pulled his groin.
University of Arkansas 6-7 guard Ronnie Brewer (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Temple University (Pa.) 6-6 guard Mardy Collins (Philadelphia, Pa.) have been added to the 2005 USA U21 Men's National Team Trials roster. Brewer and Collins join an already impressive list of the nation's top 21-and-unders (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984) who will attend the July 21-23 USA Basketball Men's U21 National Team Trials in Dallas, Texas.
"I have talked to Coach (Phil) Martelli and USA Basketball officials and explained Adam's situation," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "Although he is in good academic standing with the university, Adam is taking summer school classes. Many of our student-athletes do so to ease the in-season academic load. While he believed he would be able to juggle both the academic and USA Basketball commitments this summer, as it drew nearer to the trials he reazlied he could not complete all of his academic projects in a timely manner and still be involved in the trials. With the prospect of being gone from campus for a nearly month if he made the team, it was with regret he decided to forego his spot in the trials to concentrate on his academic responsibilities."
The 20 athletes will vie for a spot on the final 12-member U.S. U21 squad 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. Trials invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim.
In addition to Brewer and Collins, previously announced athletes who are 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.); 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.); 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.).
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