Justin Reed Invited To USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials June 1-3

May 15, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Justin Reed, a rising sophomore on the Ole Miss men's basketball squad, has accepted an invitation to the USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials, the organization announced Tuesday. Reed is one of 45 collegiate players from across the nation to be invited to the trials, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs June 1-3.

The 45 players will be vying for spots on two teams-the 2001 USA Basketball World Championships for Young Men Qualifying Team and the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team. The World Championships for Young Men Qualifying Team will compete Aug. 3-12 in Saitama, Japan, in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men Tournament, and the World Championship Games Team will play in Beijing, China, Aug. 22-Sept. 1.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Justin," said Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes, who will serve as an assistant coach for the 2001 World University Games Team. "Being selected for the USA Basketball Team Trials is a great honor and shows that other coaches around the country know what kind of impact Justin made last season.

"Justin will be competing against the best players in the nation at the trials, and the competition he will face will help him become an even better player. He is excited about this opportunity, and I know Justin will represent the University and the Ole Miss basketball program well."

The Southeastern Conference Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, Reed finished the 2000-01 campaign second on the Rebel squad in both scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). His 11.0 scoring average led all SEC freshmen and his 5.9 rebounding average was third among the league's freshmen. The lone unanimous choice for the SEC All-Freshman Team, Reed also earned All-SEC third team, SEC All-Tournament Team and All-Star Sports Freshman All-America third team accolades. He posted three double-doubles and recorded a career-high 21 points on two occasions during the season.

Reed will be the third Rebel in the last five years to vie for a spot on a USA squad that will compete internationally. Ansu Sesay played for the U.S. in the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, Italy, while Keith Carter was a member of Team USA in the summer of 1998 at the Goodwill Games in New York, N.Y. Both Sesay and Carter won gold medals with their respective teams.

Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim will serve as head coach of the 2001 USA World Championship for Young Men squad, and he will be assisted by Ernie Kent of Oregon and Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's. Martelli coached Carter as an assistant for the U.S. at the 1998 Goodwill Games.

Penn State head coach Jerry Dunn has been selected to serve as head coach for the 2001 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, while Barnes from Ole Miss and Al Skinner from Boston College will assist Dunn.

Reed is one of three players from the SEC to be invited to the trials, as Alabama's Erwin Dudley and Rod Grizzard will also participate.

The Rebels finished its most successful campaign in school history in 2000-01 with a 27-8 overall record and an 11-5 SEC mark. Ole Miss won the SEC Western Division title, advanced to the SEC Tournament championship game and earned an NCAA Tournament bid. The Rebels, which advanced to their first NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16," was ranked No. 9 in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, the program's highest ranking ever.

 

 

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