Trials Begin Friday For Dickau, USA Basketball Team
Aug. 6, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Featuring 16 of the nation's top collegians, finalists for the 2001 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team will train in Denver, Colo., from Aug. 10-17 at the Denver Nuggets practice facility inside the Pepsi Center, in hopes of earning one of 12 positions on the final USA roster.
Included among the 16 hopefuls in Gonzaga University senior point guard Dan Dickau.
The USA's first practice will be held on Aug. 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m (all times MDT) and the finalists are scheduled to practice twice daily, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Aug. 11, 12, 13 and 15. On Aug. 14 and 16, the U.S. will conduct practices from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.. The USA's Denver training camp, which is open to credentialed media only, will conclude with a 7:30-9:30 a.m. practice session on Aug. 17. The final 12-member USA team will be announced at or near the conclusion of training camp.
"I'm getting excited about this more and more as the training camp approaches," said USA and Penn State University head coach Jerry Dunn. "I'm very excited about the possibilities we have with this team. We have 16 great individuals to work with in terms of ability and personalities. I've been able to correspond with all the guys over the past two months to make sure we were all on the same page in terms of being in shape and ready to go and I think they'll be ready. This is a great group of guys to work with, there are 16 potential World University Games participants, which we unfortunately have to cut to 12, and I feel good about the players who are coming to camp."
"It's outstanding that we have the opportunity to train at the Denver Nuggets practice facility in the Pepsi Center," added Dunn. "Not only is it a great facility, but because of the altitude in Denver (5,280 feet), it's a place where the team can get into the best possible shape physically before going over and competing in Beijing."
Assisting Dunn on the sidelines will be collegiate head coaches Rod Barnes from the University of Mississippi and Al Skinner from Boston College (Mass.).
Highlighted by three members of Maryland's 2001 NCAA Final Four team, selected as finalists for the USA World University Games Team were: Maurice Baker (Oklahoma State / Madison, Ill.), 2001 NJCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player Antwain Barbour (Wabash Valley C.C./ Elizabethtown, Ky.), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall / Bronx, N.Y.), Earl Barron (Memphis / Clarksdale, Miss.), 2001 NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player Lonny Baxter (Maryland / Silver Spring, Md.), Dan Dickau (Gonzaga / Vancouver, Wash.), 2001 NCAA All-West Region Juan Dixon (Maryland / Baltimore, Md.), 2001 NIT All-Final Four Erwin Dudley (Alabama / Uniontown, Ala.), Melvin Ely (Fresno State / Harvey, Ill.), Lynn Greer (Temple / Philadelphia, Pa.), 2001 Final Four participant and 1998 USA World Youth Games Team gold medalist 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.).
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 27 countries, has been divided into eight preliminary round pools.
Placed into Pool B, the United States will open preliminary round play against Iran on Aug. 22, before facing South Africa on Aug. 23 and closing preliminary action against Turkey on Aug. 24. Quarterfinals are scheduled to be played Aug. 26-28 with the semifinals slated for Aug. 30 and the gold medal will be contested on Aug. 31.
"We want to win the gold," commented Dunn on his team's goal in Beijing. "When I met with the 16 guys following the Trials, I told them that we are going to win the gold. We're going over there to play for the gold and nothing less will do."
Owning a 40-game winning streak at the World University Games and having captured six consecutive gold medals, the USA has been a dominating force at the WUGs since beginning play in 1965. The U.S. has earned an incredible 16 medals in as many appearances at the Games, including 12 golds, three silvers and one bronze, and lists an amazing 110-6 (.984 winning percentage) record at the event.
The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, which will make the final team selection, is chaired by Terry Holland (athletic director, University of Virginia) and consists of: NCAA appointees Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University), 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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