The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate
Committee, chaired by former University of Virginia Athletic
Director Terry Holland, selected the invitees and will make the
final roster cuts at the national team trials and training camp July
16-23 in East Rutherford, N.J. Athletes eligible for selection to
this age-based team include any male who is a U.S. citizen and is 20
years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984).
In addition to Ager, Dee Brown, Hollins,
Redick, Shakur, Watson and Deron Williams, the players who have
accepted invitations to the team trials are Hassan Adams, Arizona,
Los Angeles, Calif.; Sean Banks, Memphis, Englewood, N.J.; Josh
Boone, Connecticut, Mount Airy, Md.; Aaron Brooks, Oregon, Seattle,
Wash.; Shannon Brown, Michigan State, Maywood, Ill.; Justin Gray,
Wake Forest, Charlotte, N.C.; Sean May, North Carolina, Bloomington,
Ind.; Rashad McCants, North Carolina, Asheville, N.C.; Demetris
Nichols, Syracuse, Barrington, R.I.; David Padgett, school to be
determined, Reno, Nev.; Chris Paul, Wake Forest, Lewisville, N.C.;
Curtis Sumpter, Villanova, Brooklyn, N.Y.; P.J. Tucker, Texas,
Raleigh, N.C.; Charlie Villaneuva, Connecticut, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Eric
Williams, Wake Forest, Wake Forest, N.C.; Curtis Withers, UNC
Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.; and Bracey Wright, Indiana, The Colony,
Seven return from the last year's
Junior World championship team, which journeyed to Thessaloniki,
Greece, and finished fifth with a 7-1 record, a mark that tied gold
medalist Australia for the best record in the tournament. The USA
squad also went 5-0 to win gold at the 2003 Global Games in Dallas,
Dee Brown led the team at the Junior
Worlds in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, and added 4.1
assists per game, while Illini teammate Deron Williams contributed
8.4 points per game and handed out a team-best 4.8 assists per game.
Hollins accounted for 7.8 points per
game, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks; Ager added 6.0 points and 3.0
rebounds; Watson was credited with 6.0 points and 2.0 assists;
Shakur posted averages of 5.0 points and 2.8 assists; while Redick
was injured and limited to action in just two games.
Supplying additional USA Basketball
experience are Brooks, Dee Brown, Padgett and Deron Williams, who
helped the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIBA Junior World championship
after finishing with a 4-1 record and the bronze medal at the 2002
FIBA Americas Junior World qualifier in Venezuela.
Redick, a four-time USA Basketball team
member, as well as McCants, competed in a pair of USA Basketball
Youth Development Festivals. The duo head a list of 12 who got their
USA Basketball start at the festival. Others are Adams, Banks,
Shannon Brown, Gray, May, Nichols, Padgett, Paul, Deron Williams and
A total of five 2004 all-Americans
further underscore the strength of the USA team candidates. May was
an ESPN.com all-America third-team selection and Associated Press
all-America honorable mention; McCants was listed as an all-America
second team by Basketball Times and third team by the Associated
Press; Redick was named by the National Association of Basketball
Coaches all-America third team, and he, along with Paul, were
Associated Press all-America honorable mentions following the
2003-04 season. The fifth all-American listed on the team trials
roster is Withers, a Basketball Times all-America third-team
selection, who will experience his first taste of USA Basketball in
Guiding the U.S. squad will be
University of Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson, who will be
assisted by collegiate head coaches Tom Crean of Marquette (Wis.)
University and Dan Monson of the University of Minnesota.
Finalists for the USA team will be
selected following trials July 16-18 at the New Jersey Nets'
practice facility in East Rutherford. The trials schedule will see
the candidates competing twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (all
times local). Finalists will remain in New Jersey for the team's
training camp, which will again feature two-a-days at 10 a.m. and 5
p.m., and the eventual 12-member squad will be finalized sometime
prior to the final practice in New Jersey at 10 a.m. on July 23.
Following a 2 p.m. practice session in
Saint John, Canada, on July 24, the U.S. will take on Canada's
national young men's team on July 25 in a 2 p.m. exhibition game at
Harbour Station in Saint John. Tickets for the exhibition game can
be purchased at the Harbour Station box office or by calling (800)
267-2800, or (506) 657-1234 in Canada.
The American squad will get in a final
pair of practices in Halifax, Canada, on July 26 and 27 before
tipping off play at the FIBA Americas world championship qualifying
tourney on July 28. The U.S. will compete against seven other teams
from the Americas for one of the three zone qualifying berths for
the 2005 FIBA world championships, which will be hosted next summer
by Argentina. Featuring eight nations divided into two groups of
four, the competition schedule, which will be released at a later
date, includes a preliminary round with round-robin play between
teams in each group July 28-30. The top two finishing teams in each
group will advance to the July 31 semifinals, and the gold medal
will be contested Aug. 1.
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The world championship and its zone
qualifying tournaments take place every four years. Originally
played in 1993, it was designed for men 22 years old or younger.
FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21 years old or younger in
December 1998 and changed the competition name.
The USA has qualified for all three
previous world championship tournaments and has compiled a 22-2
overall record while winning gold medals in 1993 and 2001. United
States squads have also compiled a 15-2 win-loss record in the three
qualifiers, winning gold in 1996 and silver in 2000 and 1993.
Basketball national team trials
position, height, weight, date of birth, year of graduation,
Hassan Adams, G, 64, 201, 06-20-84,
2006, Arizona, Los Angeles, Calif.
Maurice Ager, G, 65, 195, 02-09-84,
2006, Michigan State, Detroit, Mich.
Sean Banks, F, 6-8, 206, 01-20-85,
2007, Memphis, Englewood, N.J.
Josh Boone, F-C, 610, 230, 11-21-84,
2007, Connecticut, Mount Airy, Md.
Aaron Brooks, G, 60, 160, 01-15-85,
2007, Oregon, Seattle, Wash.
Daniel Brown, G, 6-0, 175, 08-17-84,
2006, Illinois, Maywood, Ill.
Shannon Brown, G, 63, 200, 11-29-85,
2007, Michigan State, Maywood, Ill.
Justin Gray, G, 62, 185, 03-31-84,
2006, Wake Forest, Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Hollins, C, 70, 225, 10-10-84,
2006, UCLA, Pasadena, Calif.
Sean May, F-C, 69, 260, 04-04-84, 2006,
North Carolina, Bloomington, Ind.
Rashad McCants, F-G, 64, 207, 09-25-84,
2006, North Carolina, Asheville, N.C.
Demetris Nichols, F, 68, 205, 09-04-84,
2007, Syracuse, Barrington, R.I.
David Padgett, C, 611, 230, 02-13-85,
2007, to be determined, Reno, Nev.
Chris Paul, G, 60, 168, 05-06-85, 2007,
Wake Forest, Lewisville, N.C.
J.J. Redick, G, 64, 195, 06-24-84,
2006, Duke, Roanoke, Va.
Mustafa Shakur, G, 63, 178, 08-18-84,
2007, Arizona, Philadelphia, Pa.
Curtis Sumpter, F, 67, 220, 01-30-84,
2006, Villanova, Brooklyn, N.Y.
P.J. Tucker, F, 6-5, 220, 05-05-85,
2007, Texas, Raleigh, N.C.
Charlie Villaneuva, F, 611, 230,
08-24-84, 2007, Connecticut, Brooklyn, N.Y.
C.J. Watson, G, 62, 175, 04-17-84,
2006, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nev.
Deron Williams, G, 63, 210, 06-26-84,
2006, Illinois, The Colony, Texas
Eric Williams, C, 69, 275, 03-26-84,
2006, Wake Forest, Wake Forest, N.C.
Curtis Withers, F-C, 68, 230, 08-02-84,
2006, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
Bracey Wright, G, 63, 200, 07-01-84,
2006, Indiana, The Colony, Texas
Head coach: Kelvin Sampson, University
Assistant coach: Tom Crean, Marquette
(Wis.) University (Wis.)
Assistant coach: Dan Monson, University
Note: David Padgett competed for the
University of Kansas as a freshman during the 2003-04 season but
announced in April he would transfer to a yet-to-be-announced
July 16-18 -- National team trials, 10
a.m. and 5 p.m., New Jersey Nets' practice facility, East
July 19-22 -- Training camp practice,
10 a.m. and 5 p.m., New Jersey Nets' practice facility, East
July 23 -- Practice, 10 a.m., New
Jersey Nets' practice facility, East Rutherford, N.J.
July 24 -- Practice, 2 p.m., Saint
July 25 -- USA versus Canada, 2 p.m.,
Harbour Station, Saint John, Canada
July 26-27 -- Practice, Halifax, Canada
July 28 -- Preliminary rounds of the
FIBA Americas world championship qualifier, Halifax Metro Center,
July 31 -- Semifinals, Halifax Metro
Center, Halifax, Canada
Aug. 1 --
Finals, Halifax Metro Center, Halifax, Canada
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