June 8, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegians who have accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games training camp.
The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.
The USA Basketball Men’s Basketball Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach at Syracuse University), is expected to announce the finalists for the squad on July 31. Training camp for the selected players will continue from July 31-Aug. 7 at the USOTC, with the official roster announcement coming prior to the team’s departure for China on Aug. 8.
Abromaitis is one of six current BIG EAST players on the list of the 24 who have accepted invitations to attend the camp. In addition to Abromaitis, those attending the World Championship Team training camp will be: Bradford Burgess (VCU/Midlothian, Va.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Kim English (Missouri/Baltimore, Md.); Yancy Gates (Cincinnati/Cincinnati, Ohio); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Pines, N.J.); Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Tu Holloway (Xavier/Hempstead, N.Y.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh, Canton, Ohio); Kris Middleton (Texas A&M/North Charleston, S.C.); Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.); Tony Mitchell (Alabama/Swainsboro, Ga.); Aaric Murray (West Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.); John Shurna (Northwestern/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin/Bloomington, Minn.).
Abromaitis, BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and 2011 and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American honoree, averaged double figures for the second consecutive season as he finished as the team’s second-leading scorer with a 15.4 scoring average. He also was the team’s second-leading rebounder, grabbing a career-best 6.1 boards per game.
One of Notre Dame’s four captains, he graduated from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance in May 2010 and his MBA last month after being enrolled in an intensified one-year MBA program during the 2010-11 school. He became the third player in BIG EAST history to earn the Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Abromaitis has scored in double figures in 57 games during his Irish career and reached the 20-plus point mark on 21 occasions. He scored a season-high 30 points in Notre Dame’s win over Villanova that marked the third 30-plus point outing of his career and became the 51st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. He was a third team all-BIG EAST selection and was named MVP of the Old Spice Classic.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter, who previously served as an assistant on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team that won the gold medal, will serve as head coach, while Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin and Butler head coach Brad Stevens will assist Painter on the sidelines.
Five of the 22 players possess prior USA Basketball experience. Jardine and Shurna were members of the USA Select Team that trained against the USA Men’s National Team in 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev. Gibbs, Miller and Shurna helped the USA to a gold medal and 9-0 record at the ’09 FIBA U19 World Championship, while JaMycal Green was a member of the 2008 team that finished with a 4-1 record and silver medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship that year.
In addition to Boeheim, the USA Men’s Basketball Junior National Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington head coach), Bruce Weber (University of Illinois head coach) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina head coach); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team and former Duke All-American.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between Jan. 1, 1987 and Dec. 31, 1993) and who are or have been with the past year, a student at a college or university.
The United States, which has claimed a medal in every World University Games since beginning play in 1965, has captured a record 13 gold medals, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 19 World University Games in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 won-loss record in World University Games play.
The United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. Most recently, the ’09 USA team earned a bronze medal after finishing 6-1 with a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the World University Games have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen, Stacey Augmon, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Quinn Buckner, Tom Burleson, Ken Davis, Tim Duncan, Phil Hubbard, Allen Iverson, Mitch Kupchak, Karl Malone, Michael Redd, Mitch Richmond, Michael Silliman, Steve Smith and Jo Jo White.
2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team Training Camp Roster
NAME POS HGT WGT DOB YOG SCHOOOL HOMETOWNTim Abromaitis F/C 6-8 235 09/17/89 2011* Notre Dame Unionville, CTBradford Burgess G 6-6 225 04/29/90 2012 VCU Midlothian, VAMarcus Denmon G 6-3 185 03/20/90 2012 Missouri Kansas City, MOKim English G 6-6 200 09/24/88 2012 Missouri Baltimore, MDYancy Gates F 6-9 260 10/15/89 2012 Cincinnati Cincinnati, OHAshton Gibbs G 6-2 190 01/19/90 2012 Pittsburgh Scotch Plains, NJDraymond Green F 6-7 270 03/04/90 2012 Michigan State Saginaw, MIJaMychal Green F 6-8 225 06/21/90 2012 Alabama Montgomery, ALTu Holloway G 6-0 185 08/21/89 2012 Xavier Hempstead, NYScoop Jardine G 6-2 190 08/09/88 2011* Syracuse Philadelphia, PAJohn Jenkins G 6-4 220 03/06/91 2013 Vanderbilt Hendersonville, TNOrlando Johnson G 6-5 205 03/11/89 2012 UC Santa BarbaraSeaside, CAGreg Mangano F 6-10 240 10/28/89 2012 Yale Orange, CTKendall Marshall G 6-4 180 08/19/91 2013 North Carolina Dumfries, VATrevor Mbakwe F/C 6-8 241 01/24/89 2012 Minnesota St. Paul, MNC.J. McCollum G 6-3 165 09/19/91 2013 Lehigh Canton, OHKhris Middleton F 6-7 215 08/12/91 2013 Texas A&M North Charleston, SCDarius Miller G 6-6 185 03/21/90 2012 Kentucky Maysville, KYTony Mitchell F 6-7 210 08/07/89 2013 Alabama Swainsboro, GAAaric Murray C 6-11 265 07/03/89 2013 West Virginia Philadelphia, PAAlex Oriakhi F/C 6-9 240 06/21/90 2013 Connecticut Lowell, MAJohn Shurna F 6-8 210 04/30/90 2012 Northwestern Glen Ellyn, ILJordan Taylor G 6-1 195 09/30/89 2012 Wisconsin Bloomington, MN
Head Coach: Matt Painter, Purdue University
Assistant Coach: Cuonzo Martin, University of Tennessee
Assistant Coach: Brad Stevens, Butler University
Team Physician: Brock Schnebel, University of Oklahoma
Athletic Trainer: Anthony Goenaga, New York Knicks
*Will graduate in 2011 with remaining eligibility.