June 3, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Junior Josh Huestis and sophomore Chasson Randle are among 29 players invited to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp, scheduled for 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.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition is scheduled for July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
Huestis and Randle join Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie as the three representatives from the Pac-12. Joining Huestis and Randle as teammates on the squad are Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood (Duke), Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey (Indiana), Devyn Marble and Aaron White (Iowa), Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams (New Mexico) and Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant (Notre Dame).
A two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection, Huestis developed into one of the conference's premier defensive performers, thanks in large part to his rebounding and shot-blocking prowess. Huestis averaged 10.5 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game, doubling his production from the previous season and nearly becoming the first Cardinal player to average a double-double since Curtis Borchardt (16.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg) in 2001-02.
Huestis, who tallied 10 blocks against Seattle on Nov. 28, finished with 71 swats, the fourth-best single-season mark in school history. A native of Great Falls, Mont., Huestis has totaled 121 career blocks, tied with Howard Wright (1985-89) for fifth in school history. He is on pace to break the school record of 167 established by Tim Young (1994-99).
Starting all 34 games last year, Huestis scored in double figures 17 times and compiled nine double-doubles. Huestis was especially dominant on the offensive glass. His 111 offensive rebounds were the most for a Stanford player since Adam Keefe's 134 during the 1991-92 campaign. Only three Stanford players boast career marks of at least 500 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks: Huestis (617, 539, 121), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167), Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Randle ranked second on the team last season in scoring (13.6 ppg) and assists (89), while leading the club in three-pointers (61) and steals (38). In addition to grabbing 2.9 rebounds per game, Randle was very effective from the foul line (91-116, 78.4 percent). Randle, who scored in double figures 27 times and tallied six 20-point games, shot 39.9 percent from three-point range overall and 47.3 percent in conference games.
A native of Rock Island, Ill., Randle is looking to return to the form of two years ago, when he produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history, ranking among the top-four all-time in the following categories: three-pointers made (1st), field goals attempted (1st), minutes (1st), games started (1st), points (2nd), field goals made (2nd), scoring average (3rd), assists (4th) and steals (4th). Randle led the Cardinal in scoring (13.8 ppg) and minutes played per game (30.5) while ranking second in steals (42) and assists (76).
Randle is a two-time USA Basketball gold medalist, having helped the USA to a 5-0 record at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mendoza, Argentina, and an 8-0 record in the first FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.
Davidson's Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of Michigan and Frank Martin of South Carolina. Additionally, Tad Boyle 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 announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.
In addition to chair and NCAA representative Boeheim, the 2013-16 USA Men's Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees McKillop, Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U20 National Team.
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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