June 3, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame guards Eric Atkins (Columbia, Md.) and Jerian Grant (Bowie, Md.), who will comprise one of the nation’s top backcourt tandems in 2013-14, are among 29 collegians named to the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp, announced today by USA Basketball. The duo will attend the training camp June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee issued the invitations and is chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) are scheduled to be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Davidson College’s Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina’s Frank Martin. Additionally, Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado, Jim Kessler of Grace College (NAIA) and Matt Matheny from Elon University were tabbed as court coaches for training camp.
Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 27 or 28 and the 12-member roster will be released prior to the team’s departure for Russia on July 1.
Joining Atkins and Grant at the training camp will be: Markel Brown (Oklahoma State); Deonte Burton (Nevada); Quinn Cook (Duke); Bryce Cotton (Providence); Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado); CJ Fair (Syracuse/Baltimore, Md.); Yogi Ferrell (Indiana); Davante Gardner (Marquette); Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth); PJ Hairston (North Carolina); AJ Hammons (Purdue); Luke Hancock (Louisville.); Joe Harris (Virginia); Tyler Haws (BYU); Andre Hollins (Minnesota); Rodney Hood (Duke); Josh Huestis (Stanford); Cory Jefferson (Baylor); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati); Alex Kirk (New Mexico); Devyn Marble (Iowa); Doug McDermott (Creighton); Adreian Payne (Michigan State); Chasson Randle (Stanford); Will Sheehey (Indiana); Aaron White (Iowa); and Kendall Williams (New Mexico).
The last Irish player to represent Notre Dame on a USA Basketball roster was former standout Tim Abromaitis in 2011. He played in the World University Games that year held in China and helped the squad to a fifth-place finish.
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 quadrennial, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3×3 FIBAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Ã‹â€ 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 FIBAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Ã‹â€ U19 World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Ã‹â€ 3×3 Women’s World Championship and FIBAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Ã‹â€ 3×3 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.
2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team Training Camp Roster
NAME POS HGT WGT YOG SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Eric Atkins G 6-2 182 2014 Notre Dame Columbia, MD
Markel Brown G 6-3 190 2014 Oklahoma State Alexandria, LA
Deonte Burton G 6-1 190 2014 Nevada Los Angeles, CA
Quinn Cook G 6-1 175 2015 Duke Washington, DC
Bryce Cotton G 6-1 165 2014 Providence Tucson, AZ
Spencer Dinwiddie G 6-6 200 2015 Colorado Woodland Hills, CA
CJ Fair F 6-8 215 2014 Syracuse Baltimore, MD
Yogi Ferrell G 6-0 178 2016 Indiana Indianapolis, IN
Davante Gardner C 6-8 290 2014 Marquette Suffolk, VA
Treveon Graham F 6-5 215 2015 VCU Washington, DC
Jerian Grant G 6-5 202 2014 Notre Dame Bowie, MD
PJ Hairston F 6-5 220 2015 North Carolina Greensboro, NC
AJ Hammons C 7-0 280 2016 Purdue Gary, IN
Luke Hancock F 6-6 200 2014 Louisville Roanoke, VA
Joe Harris G 6-6 211 2014 Virginia Chelan, WA
Tyler Haws G 6-5 200 2015 BYU Alpine, UT
Andre Hollins G 6-1 200 2015 Minnesota Memphis, TN
Rodney Hood F 6-8 210 2015 Duke Meridian, MS
Josh Huestis F 6-7 230 2014 Stanford Great Falls, MT
Cory Jefferson C 6-9 210 2015 Baylor Killeen, TX
Sean Kilpatrick G 6-4 221 2014 Cincinnati Yonkers, NY
Alex Kirk C 7-0 250 2015 New Mexico Los Alamos, NM
Devyn Marble F 6-6 194 2014 Iowa Southfield, MI
Doug McDermott F 6-8 225 2014 Creighton Ames, IA
Adreian Payne F 6-10 240 2014 Michigan State Dayton, OH
Chasson Randle G 6-1 180 2015 Stanford Rock Island, IL
Will Sheehey F 6-7 200 2014 Indiana Stuart, FL
Richard Solomon C 6-10 235 2014 California Los Angeles, CA
Aaron White C 6-8 218 2015 Iowa Strongsville, OH
Kendall Williams G 6-4 185 2014 New Mexico Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Head Coach: Bob McKillop, Davidson College
Assistant Coach: John Beilein, University of Michigan
Assistant Coach: Frank Martin, University of South Carolina
Court Coach: Tad Boyle, University of Colorado
Court Coach: Jim Kessler, Grace College (NAIA)
Court Coach: Matt Matheny, Elon University
Athletic Trainer: Ray Beltz, Davidson College