20 of the nation's top basketball players 19 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) have accepted invitations to participate in the June 28-30 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team Trials that will be held at the Dallas Mavericks' practice facility. The Trials will be used to select the finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that will look to return home with gold from the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship that is being held in July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Athlete selections for the Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim.
Accepting invitations to participate in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World
Championship Team Trials were: Lavoy Allen (Pennsbury H.S., Pa./ Morrisville,
Pa.); Darrell Arthur (Kansas / Dallas, Texas); Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.); Patrick Beverly (Arkansas / Chicago, Ill.); Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Dwayne Collins (Miami / Miami, Fla.); Stephen Curry (Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.); Tyreke Evans (Aston American Christian, Pa. / Aston, Pa.); Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S. / Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Drew Gordon (San Jose Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Donte' Greene (Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.); James Hickson (Wheeler H.S., Ga. / Marietta, Ga.); Damian Hollis (George Washington / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); DeAndre Jordan (Bellaire Episcopal H.S. / Humble, Texas); David Lighty (Ohio State / Cleveland, Ohio); Raymar Morgan (Michigan State / Canton, Ohio); Tajuan Porter (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.); Corey Stokes (St. Benedict's H.S. / Newark, N.J.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); and Brad Wanamaker (Roman Catholic H.S. / Philadelphia, Pa.).
DePaul University (Ill.) head coach Jerry Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, has been selected to lead the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and collegiate head coaches James "Bruiser" Flint of Drexel University (Pa.) and George Washington University's (D.C.) Karl Hobbs will serve as assistant coaches.
Trials for the USA U19 World Championship Team will be held June 28-30 at the
Dallas Mavericks' practice facility in American Airlines Arena. The first trials session will be held on June 28, 5-7 p.m. (all times local, CDT). Two trials sessions (10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.) will be held on June 29 and 30. The selected USA team finalists will remain for the USA's July 1-7 training camp, which will also see the USA compete in the 2007 Global Games in Dallas.