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Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle are among 27 players vying for 12 roster spots on the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, as training camp gets underway today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Finalists for the team are expected to be announced this week and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1. The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition will be played July 7-16 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 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. 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' 111 offensive rebounds were the most for a Stanford player since Adam Keefe's 134 during the 1991-92 campaign.
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 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.
The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured 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.
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Dwight Powell recently wrapped up an impressive stretch, leading the Canadian Development Men's National Team (DMNT) to a sweep of the Four Nations' International Invitational Tournament played in three different cities in China.
Canada, which concluded the event with a 93-38 rout of Latvia, finished the 11-day competition with a 9-0 record while registering three victories apiece against United States, Latvia and host-nation China.
The next step for Powell and Canada will be participating in the 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. That means a potential matchup against Huestis and Randle, should either player make the cut for Team USA.
Powell proved to be one of the tournament's most productive players, especially impressive considering Canada boasts a deep roster that also features Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos and Baylor's Brady Heslip among others. Powell led Canada in scoring on four occasions, consistently reaching double-digits in scoring while notching a 15-point, 12-rebound effort in the final game of the tournament against Latvia.
The Toronto, Ontario, native is coming off a breakthrough season in which he showcased the type of dynamic all-around game everyone expected since arriving on The Farm. In addition to being honored as the Pac-12's Most Improved Player of the Year, Powell was also named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-District selection. The only Pac-12 player ranked among the league's top-10 in both scoring and rebounding, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game. In addition to compiling a team-best 10 double-doubles, he produced nine 20-point games while reaching double figures in 27 games overall. Powell's improvement was significant, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds while scoring in double figures six times during the 2011-12 campaign.
Powell was equally impressive in the classroom, as he was the only player to earn a spot on both the Pac-12 All-Academic Team and All-Pac-12 First Team.
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Rosco Allen has earned a spot on Hungary's roster for the U20 European Championship Division B, a 12-team tournament scheduled for July 12-21 in Pitesti, Romania.
Allen attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, but was born in Budapest, Hungary and first arrived to the United States in sixth grade.
In his rookie season on The Farm, Allen participated in 33 games and made seven starts. Allen averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 37-56 (66.1 percent) from the foul line. Against Lafayette on Dec. 29, Allen scored a season-high 11 points (5-8 FT) to go with four rebounds and three steals.
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It's another summer of international playing experience for Stefan Nastic, who is back on the court once again after last year's experience gained at the FIBA U20 European Championship.
A dual citizen of Serbia and Canada, Nastic is currently competing as a member of the Serbian National Team in Mersin, Turkey, at the XVII Mediterranean Games, a multi-sport, 24-nation event similar to the Olympics. Up next for Nastic, who contributed 12 points and five rebounds in a recent victory over Italy, is Tuesday's final against host Turkey.A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, Nastic competed in 23 games last year with six starts while averaging 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Nastic, who shot 74.2 percent from the foul line (23-31) in 2012-13, will enter next season having made 13 in a row from the charity stripe, the longest active free throw streak by any Stanford player.