By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
May 21, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University's Da'Sean Butler is one of 15 college players invited to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp June 16-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
||Da'Sean Butler is one of 15 players invited to participate at USA Basketball's World University Games training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team will be paired to 12 members and will be announced prior to its departure for Serbia on June 25.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to try out for the USA Basketball Team," Butler said. "It gives me the opportunity to play against top competition and to help me get better at my game."
The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The 2009 men's basketball competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia, with 24 men's teams expected to compete.
Invitations to attend the USA Basketball training camp were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA eligibility.
Butler will join two other players from the Big East Conference in Colorado Springs in Villanova's Corey Fisher and Marquette's Lazar Hayward.
Also invited were Sherron Collins of Kansas, Deon Thompson of North Carolina, James Anderson of Oklahoma State, Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State, Robbie Hummel of Purdue, and Evan Turner of Ohio State.
"These guys are some of the best college players in the country and I think they're guys who would be future Olympic candidates," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. "This is a great opportunity for them to play for their country and get an understanding of the international game."
Joining Boeheim on the 2009-2012 Men's Junior National Team Committee are Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Illinois coach Bruce Webber, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship Team.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has been selected by USA Basketball to serve as head coach of the 2009 Men's World University Games Team. Ryan has not announced his two assistant coaches.
Butler earned team MVP honors after leading West Virginia to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. The 6-7 forward averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game to earn second team all-Big East honors. Butler scored a career-high 43 points against Final Four participant Villanova at the WVU Coliseum Feb. 13, 2009.
Butler played last year for Athletes in Action.
The team will have five practice sessions in Colorado Springs before the World University Games squad is announced.