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Adding three players to the mix after the withdrawal of three previously announced players, 17 of the nation's top 19-and-younger basketball players have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA U19 National Team Trials, set to begin on June 16 at the

USA Basketball Announces Finalized 2009 Men's U19 World Championship Team Trials Roster

June 15, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
 
  
Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon will serve as head coach of the U19 World Championship Team. (Photo: Pittsburgh)
Adding three players to the mix after the withdrawal of three previously announced players, 17 of the nation's top 19-and-younger basketball players have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA U19 National Team Trials, set to begin on June 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will participate in trials sessions from June 16-18. The trials invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University).

Added to the trials roster were guards Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh / Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Shelvin Mack (Butler / Lexington, Ky.), as well as forward Dante Taylor (Pittsburgh / Greenburgh, N.Y.). Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest), Dominic Cheek (Villanova) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut), who were previously named to the trials, are unable to attend.

Following the trials, the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee will announce the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team roster. Training camp will be held from June 18-25, with the team departing for New Zealand on June 25. The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men will be played July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand.

In addition to Gibbs, Mack and Taylor, the 2009 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team Trials roster includes: Kenny Boynton (Florida / Pompano Beach, Fla.), Darryl Bryant (West Virginia / Brooklyn, N.Y.), DeAngelo Casto (Washington State / Spokane, Wash.), Seth Curry (Duke / Charlotte, N.C.), Drew Gordon (UCLA / San Jose, Calif.), Gordon Hayward (Butler / Brownsburg, Ind.), Darius Miller (Kentucky / Maysville, Ky.), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP / Memphis, Tenn.), Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota / Duluth, Ga.), John Shurna (Northwestern / Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas / Jersey City, N.J.), Howard Thompkins (Georgia / Lithonia, Ga.), Klay Thompson (Washington State / Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Terrico White (Mississippi / Memphis, Tenn.).

Included in the roster are 15 student-athletes who recently completed their freshman year at a NCAA Division I school and two who finished their high school careers this year (Boynton and Dante Taylor). Washington State, with Casto and Thompson, and Butler, with Hayward and Mack, are the only colleges sending multiple representatives.

Nine athletes listed among their NCAA conference all-freshman squads following the 2008-09 season, including three who were named their conference's freshman of the year. Curry was named Big South Conference Freshman of the Year; Hayward was named Horizon League Conference Newcomer of the Year; and White was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Also named to their respective all-freshman teams were: Casto (Pacific-10); Mack (Horizon League); Moultrie (Conference USA); Taylor (Big 12); Thompkins (SEC); and Thompson (Pacific-10).

Additionally, Hayward was named to the CBSSportsline.com Freshman All-America second team and to the FoxSports.com National All-Freshmen team; and White was named to the CBSSportsline.com Freshman All-America second team.

Boynton, who will attend the University of Florida in the fall, was named a 2009 McDonald's All-American as well as a Parade All-America first team member. Dante Taylor, who will play for the University of Pittsburgh, was also named a 2009 McDonald's All-American and a Parade All-America second team member.

University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was named head coach of the U19 World Championship team, and Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University and Matt Painter of Purdue University will serve as 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.

FIBA U19 World Championship
Led by Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop, the 2008 USA U18 National Team secured the USA's berth to the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship with a silver medal finish in its zone qualifier, the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, held July 14-18 in Mendoza, Argentina.

Sixteen nations will battle for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men title July 2-12 in New Zealand. The United States has been placed in Group B, along with Egypt, France and Iran. The 12 remaining 19-and-under national teams were distributed as such: Group A includes Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico; Group C consists of Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria; and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and host New Zealand.

The U.S. squad's preliminary round slate opens with a July 2 contest against Iran, followed by France on July 3, and the USA squad will celebrate the Fourth of July by taking on Egypt. The top three teams from each preliminary group will qualify for the preliminary second round, while the fourth place teams will qualify for the classification round to determine 13th to 16th places.

The twelve teams qualified for the second round, which will be played July 6-8, will be divided into groups E and F, with six teams in each group. The top three preliminary round teams from groups A and B will advance to Group E, and the top three from C and D will advance to Group F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with the final scores of all games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine the second round standings.

Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the two second round groups will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth places in Groups E and F will play for ninth through 12th places. The quarterfinals will be held on July 10, semifinals are slated for July 11 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 12.

Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years from 1979 " 2007. FIBA recently changed its calendar and now holds age-based world championships every other year. USA men's teams are 53-11 in the U19/Junior World Championships, capturing silver with an 8-1 record at the most recent U19 Worlds, held in Serbia in 2007.

USA U19 World Championship for Men Players of note include: Stacey Augmon (1987), Vin Baker (1991), Michael Beasley (2007), Dee Brown (2003), Vince Carter (1995), Nick Collison (1999), Stephen Curry (2007), Paul Davis (2003), Eric Floyd (1979), Jonny Flynn (2007), Larry Johnson (1987), Stephon Marbury (1995), Gary Payton (1987), Sam Perkins (1979), Wesley Person (1991), Kevin Pittsnogle (2003), J.J. Redick (2003), Bobby Simmons (1999), Scott Skiles (1983), Deron Williams (2003) and James Worthy (1979).