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James Bell Invited to U19 Camp

Villanova sophomore to be James Bell is among 17 invited to Colorado Springs next month to try out for the U19 team that will compete at the 2011 FIBA World Championships.

Official Release...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 12, 2011) -- Seventeen of the nation's top 19-and-unders, including seven possessing prior USA Basketball experience, have accepted invitations from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp, USA Basketball today announced. The training camp, which will be held June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Villanova's James Bell is among the 17 invited athletes. Bell saw action in 25 games for VU as a frosh in 2010-11 after undergoing surgery on the tibia of both legs in September. Bell's season highlight came on Feb. 15 at Seton Hall, when his 21 points helped the Wildcats hold off the Pirates in Newark, N.J.

The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University), is expected to announce on June 19 finalists for the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team roster. Training camp for the selected finalists will begin in the afternoon on June 19, with the official 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the teams' departure for Europe on June 24. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.

"Between the coaching staff and the 17 players that will be participating in the USA U19 training camp, we believe we have assembled another outstanding group who should give us an excellent opportunity to defend our U19 World Championship gold medal," said Boeheim. "The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee again did an excellent job of identifying a very talented group of young players who will compete during the first three days of the training camp for a roster position on the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team."

Accepting invitations to attend the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team training camp were:

  • Keith Appling (Michigan State/Detroit, Mich.)
  • Melsahn Basabe (Iowa/Glen Cove, N.Y.)
  • Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep/*Florida/St. Louis, Mo.)
  • James Bell (Villanova/Orlando, Fla.)
  • Anthony Brown (Stanford/Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • Trevor Cooney (Sanford School/*Syracuse/Wilmington, Del.)
  • Allen Crabbe (California/Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Tim Hardaway, Jr. (Michigan/Miami, Fla.)
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis/Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut/ Norcross, Ga.)
  • Meyers Leonard (Illinois/Robinson, Ill.)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton/ Ames, Iowa)
  • Travis McKie (Wake Forest/Richmond, Va.)
  • Tony Mitchell (North Texas/Dallas, Texas)
  • Richard Solomon (California/Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Josiah Turner (Quality Education Academy/*Arizona/Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Patric Young (Florida/Jacksonville, Fla.)

Seven of the players possess prior USA Basketball experience including one member of the 2010 USA U17 World Championship gold medalist team and three players from the 2010 USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.Beal returns as the lone member of the USA U17 Team that won last summer's FIBA U17 World Championship, and he was also a member of the 2009 USA U16 team that won gold, as well as the 2011 USA Junior Select Team that captured a win in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 9.

Cooney, Mitchell and Young were part of USA Basketball's 2010 U18 team, while Young was selected for the USA Junior Select Team that won the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit.

Other players possessing USA Basketball trials experience include Appling, Bell and Jackson.

Included on the roster are 14 student-athletes who attended a NCAA Division I school and three who finished their high school career this year. The University of California, with Crabbe and Solomon, and University of Florida, with Young and incoming freshman Beal, are the only colleges sending multiple representatives. Lamb helped lead the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA title and along the way was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Eight athletes listed among their NCAA conference all-freshman squads following the 2010-11 season, including two who were named their conference's freshman of the year. Crabbe was named the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, and McDermott was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Additionally, Jackson collected MVP honors for the Conference USA Tournament, Lamb was named to the Big East Conference All-Tournament Team, and McDermott was also named All-Missouri Valley Conference first team. Named to their respective conference all-freshman teams were: Basabe (Big Ten), Brown (Pac-10), Crabbe (Pac-10), Hardaway (Big Ten), Lamb (Big East), McDermott (Missouri Valley), McKie (Atlantic Coast) and Young (Southeastern). Additionally, McDermott was named to the USBWA Freshman All-America second team, while Hardaway, McDermott, McKie and Young were each named to the 2011 Freshman All-American Team. Of the three incoming freshmen attending the training, Beal ranks No. 4 in the ESPNU Class of 2011 rankings, while Turner is No. 14 and Cooney is No. 64. Recently named George Mason University head coach Paul Hewitt is head coach of the USA U19 World Championship Team, and Randy Bennett of St. Mary's College and Cliff Warren of Jacksonville University are assistant coaches.

In addition to Boeheim, the 2009-12 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.