June 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Baylor's Cory Jefferson has been selected as one of 16 finalists for the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team roster. He'll continue to train in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the final 12-player roster will be announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.
Jefferson was one of 29 players invited to the training camp which began Monday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Thirteen players were eliminated from contention for roster spots when the finalists were announced by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee on Wednesday.
A Killeen, Texas, native, Jefferson is the only Big 12 Conference player remaining at the training camp. He's joined by Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Tyler Haws (BYU), Rodney Hood (Duke), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Will Sheehey (Indiana), and Aaron White (Iowa).
"I think we have the nucleus of a really good team," said Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. "We've got good big guys, we've got good wing players, we've got scorers, we've got shooters, so I think it's a balanced team. That's what you hope for on these teams."
The USA team is coached by Davidson's Bob McKillop, and he's assisted by Michigan's John Beilein and South Carolina's Frank Martin. Twelve players will be selected from the list of 16 finalists to compete in the 2013 World University Games, which will be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
After departing for Russia on July 1, the USA team will practice July 3-6, including scrimmages on July 4 against Russian basketball club UNICS and on July 5 against the Russia World University Games Team before beginning World University Games play on July 7. The USA will take on UAE at 6:30 p.m. (times listed are local; Kazan, Russia, is +7 hours from CDT) on July 7, followed by Czech Republic at 1 p.m. on July 8, Sweden at 9 p.m. on July 10, Australia at 6:30 p.m. on July 11 and Canada at 1 p.m. on July 12.
Jefferson had a breakout season as a fourth-year junior in 2012-13, after starting just one of the first 55 career games over his first three years in Waco. He averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while starting all 37 games and leading the Bears to the 2013 NIT Championship.
A 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Jefferson earned a spot on the NIT All-Tournament Team after averaging a team-leading 21.2 points while shooting 71.9 percent from the floor during the Bears' 5-0 run through the NIT.
Jefferson has a chance to become the sixth player in program history to play for USA Basketball while at Baylor. Jack Robinson was on the 1948 Olympic Team, Terry Teagle played in the 1979 US Olympic Festival, Michael Williams participated in the 1988 US Olympic Trials, Willie Sublett played in the 1991 US Olympic Festival, Brian Skinner played for USA Basketball in 1995, 1996 and 1997, including the 1997 World University Games, and Lawrence Roberts played in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Additionally, Aaron Bruce represented his native Australia on its national team in 2005 and 2006.
BAYLOR PLAYERS ON NATIONAL TEAMS
1948 - Jack Robinson, USA Olympic Team
1979 - Terry Teagle, US Olympic Festival
1988 - Micheal Williams, US Olympic Trials
1991 - Willie Sublett, US Olympic Festival
1995 - Brian Skinner, US Olympic Festival
1996 - Brian Skinner, USA, World Championships
1997 - Brian Skinner, USA, World University Games
2003 - Lawrence Roberts, USA, Pan Am Games
2005 - Aaron Bruce, Australia, U21 Championship
2006 - Aaron Bruce, Australia, FIBA Championship
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men's squad has competed. The USA men own a stellar 138-9 record in WUGs play, and the U.S. captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in the WUGs basketball competition, including six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the WUGs have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen (1995), Stacey Augmon (1989), Charles Barkley (1983), Larry Bird (1977), Bill Bradley (1965), Quinn Buckner (1973), Tom Burleson (1973), Ken Davis (1970), Tim Duncan (1995), Phil Hubbard (1977), Allen Iverson (1995), Mitch Kupchak (1973), Karl Malone (1983), Michael Redd (1999), Mitch Richmond (1987), Michael Silliman (1967), Steve Smith (1989) and Jo Jo White (1967).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup), women's FIBA U19 World Championship, men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships, men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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