Terrico White Invited To Team USA U19 Trials

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Ole Miss hoops star Terrico White, the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year, is one of 17 of the nation’s top 19-and-younger players that have been invited to participate in the USA U19 National Team Trials held June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team. The trials invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University).

“This is a great opportunity for Terrico,” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. “It’s great to see him be able to participate in these trials with the ultimate goal of representing our country in the 19 and under world championships. Not only will this experience help Terrico develop as a player, but it also benefits our program as a whole.”

Following the trials, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee is expected to announce finalists for the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team roster. Training camp for the selected finalists will begin June 19, with the 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the team’s departure for New Zealand on June 25.

White, a native of Memphis, Tenn., could become the next Rebel in a long tradition of participation with Team USA Basketball. Ansu Sesay was a member of the 1997 U.S. team that won the gold medal at the World University Games in Sicily. Keith Carter won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. In 2001, Justin Reed was a player and Rod Barnes an assistant coach with the bronze medal-winning squad at the World University Games in Beijing. On the women’s side, Jennifer Gillom won an Olympic gold medal playing with the 1988 U.S. team in Seoul, Peggie Gillom was an assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Armintie Price was an alternate for the 2005 World University Games and Carol Ross was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. U19 team in 2005.

Joining White in the trials are Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest / Norcross, Ga.), Kenny Boynton (Florida / Pompano Beach, Fla.), Darryl Bryant (West Virginia / Brooklyn, N.Y.), DeAngelo Casto (Washington State / Spokane, Wash.), Dominic Cheek (Villanova / Jersey City, N.J.), Seth Curry (Duke / Charlotte, N.C.), Drew Gordon (UCLA / San Jose, Calif.), Gordon Hayward (Butler / Brownsburg, Ind.), Darius Miller (Kentucky / Maysville, Ky.), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP / Memphis, Tenn.), Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota / Duluth, Ga.), John Shurna (Northwestern / Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas / Jersey City, N.J.), Howard Thompkins (Georgia / Lithonia, Ga.), Klay Thompson (Washington State / Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut / New York, N.Y.).

University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the U19 World Championship team, and Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois and Matt Painter of Purdue will serve as assistant coaches.

In addition to Boeheim, the 2009-12 Men’s Junior National Committee, which was formerly known as the Men’s Collegiate Committee, includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.


 

 

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