U.S. finalizes University Games roster
USA Basketball has announced the final 12-member roster that will play in the World University Games this month in China.
The roster consists of 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, and Kentucky guard Darius Miller
Katz: Roster shows some mid-major love
Yale's Greg Mangano and UC-Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson are among the 12 who will wear the Team USA jersey in China at the World University Games, writes Andy Katz. Blog
"I think your strengths are going to come out in competition, and we have some very good players," said USA and Purdue coach Matt Painter. "I think we have some good point-guard play, some good, athletic wings that can shoot the basketball and then we have some good interior strength. So, I think we have balance.
"We do have some interchangeable parts, some guys at the three and four positions that can swing either way. We can play smaller and we can play bigger. It will depend on who we are playing against. I do think we can play a couple of different ways, and that's always a positive."
Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler are serving as assistant coaches.
The team will depart for China on Aug. 8, play an exhibition contest Aug. 11 against New Century, a Chinese professional team, before opening World University Games play on Aug. 13.