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Saturday / September 23.
  • World University Games Roster Announced

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    By JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Headlined by Creighton senior forward and probable Big East Preseason Player of the Year Doug McDermott, USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster for the World University Games on Saturday afternoon.

    The event runs July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. The Americans will continue training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through June 30 before departing for Russia on July 1. They will practice in Russia from July 3-6 before opening play in Pool C against United Arab Emerates on July 7

    McDermott is the only USA Basketball veteran on the roster, while Yonkers native and University of Cincinnati senior swingman Sean Kilpatrick made the cut. Louisville senior small forward Luke Hancock, who was named Most Outstanding Player at last season’s Final Four, is also Russia-bound. Hancock made the team after forging ahead following the death of his father on Monday morning. 

    “Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” said USA and Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop said in a statement. “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.”

    The United States is in Pool C along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates. Pool A consists of Estonia, Germany, Oman, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. Playing in Pool B are Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania and Serbia. Pool D includes Brazil, Chile, China, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.

    The medal round begins July 14 with the top two teams in each pool and culminates with the gold medal game on July 16.

    The entire roster is listed below.

    NAME POS HGT WGT DOB YOG SCHOOL HOMETOWN
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    G
    6-6
    200
    04/06/93
    2015
    Colorado Woodland Hills, CA
    Yogi Ferrell
    G
    6-0
    178
    05/09/93
    2016
    Indiana Indianapolis, IN
    Treveon Graham
    F
    6-5
    215
    10/28/93
    2015
    Virginia Commonwealth Temple Hills, Md.
    Luke Hancock
    F
    6-6
    200
    01/30/90
    2014
    Louisville Roanoke, VA
    Tyler Haws
    G
    6-5
    200
    04/11/91
    2015
    BYU Alpine, UT
    Cory Jefferson
    C
    6-9
    210
    12/26/90
    2013
    Baylor Killeen, TX
    Sean Kilpatrick
    G
    6-4
    221
    01/06/90
    2014
    Cincinnati Yonkers, NY
    Alex Kirk
    C
    7-0
    250
    11/14/91
    2015
    New Mexico Los Alamos, NM
    Doug McDermott
    F
    6-8
    225
    01/03/92
    2014
    Creighton Ames, IA
    Adreian Payne
    F
    6-10
    240
    02/19/91
    2014
    Michigan State Dayton, OH
    Will Sheehey
    F
    6-7
    200
    01/16/92
    2014
    Indiana Stuart, FL
    Aaron White
    C
    6-8
    218
    09/10/92
    2015
    Iowa Strongsville, OH
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