McDermott, Hancock headline World University Games roster
USA Basketball made its final roster cuts Saturday for the World University Games, which begin in a week, in Russia. Here's the 12-man team.
USA Basketball has released the final roster cuts for the World University Games (WUG). The 12-man roster that will play in Kazan, Russia, from July 7-16 is as follows:
Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.)
Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth/Temple Hills, Md.)
Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.)
Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah)
Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas)
Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.)
Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.)
Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa)
Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio)
Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.)
Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio)
The training camp began with 26 names, was whittled to 16 earlier this week, and now -- with the team set to depart for Russia on Monday -- the finalized roster has taken shape. Duke's Rodney Hood was forced to withdraw from tryouts earlier this week after injuring his Achilles.
“Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” USA head coach Bob McKillop said in a release. “I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we’ve got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team.”
McKillop's assistants at the Games will be Michigan's John Beilein and South Carolina's Frank Martin. McDermott -- a senior-to-be and two-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year -- is the only player on the roster with USA Basketball experience; he played on the U19 team in 2011 that took fifth at the FIBA World Championship in Latvia.
Hancock was the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four this past spring, when his Louisville Cardinals won the national title. Hancock recently lost his father to cancer.
The team will be in Group C at the WUG, playing in the same pool as Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates (UAE). USA Basketball's first game is scheduled against UAE at 6:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET) on July 7. If the US advances through the tournament, the semifinals are scheduled for July 15 and the title game on July 16.
Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs, Colo., through this weekend.
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