Sunday, July 31, 2011
Updated: August 2, 2:58 PM ET
U.S. roster cut to 14 finalists
ESPN.com news services
USA Basketball announced 14 finalists for the 2011 USA men's World University Games team Sunday after cutting six players.
Still in the hunt for one of 12 roster spots are Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis, Missouri guard Marcus Denmon, Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs, Michigan State forward Draymond Green, Alabama forward JaMychal Green, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine, Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, UC Santa Barbara guard Orlando Johnson, Yale forward Greg Mangano, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe, Detroit guard Ray McCallum, Kentucky guard Darius Miller, West Virginia center Aaric Murray, and UConn guard Shabazz Napier.
Training camp continues at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 31 to Aug. 7, and the final roster will be announced before Aug. 8, when the team departs for China.
"I think it's a great group," said USA and Purdue coach Matt Painter "We have a lot of balance. I think on the interior we have some shot-blockers, we have some athletes, guys that can really go and get the basketball and some real good shooters. We have some good, interchangeable parts, and a lot of talent, both returning talent and young. I'm really excited about the mix we have."
Missouri guard Kim English, Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates, Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, Texas A&M forward Khris Middleton, Alabama forward Tony Mitchell,
and Northwestern forward John Shurna did not make the team.
The U.S. will play an exhibition against New Century, a Chinese pro team on Aug. 11 in Huizho, China, before the 24-country tournament begins Aug. 13. The U.S. has a 131-8 record in the tournament since 1965.