LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s basketball rising sophomore Montrezl Harrell is one of 24 players who accepted an invitation to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp that will be held June 14-19.
Harrell, who will practice with the squad at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., played all 40 games in helping Louisville achieve its third NCAA title in April. During the postseason, Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 61.5 percent from the field. In the team’s BIG EAST title victory over Syracuse, Harrell scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.
A Tarboro, N.C., native, Harrell is one of 16 players with previous USA Basketball experience.
“We have a really impressive group of talented players and a large number of the players have USA Basketball and college experience. Selecting our 12-man U19 team will be extremely difficult, but the committee is excited and confident that we will be able to field another strong USA team,” said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University and chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. “The FIBA U19 World Championship might be from top to bottom the most competitive competition FIBA conducts. Any of the teams that are competing have a real chance to win the U19 gold medal as has been shown by six different countries winning the title over the last six U19 World Championships.”
The 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches: Billy Donovan (Florida) as head coach, with Tony Bennett (Virginia) and Shaka Smart (VCU) as assistant coaches.
The USA U-19 training camp will be used to select the 12-member USA team that will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The training camp begins with one session on June 14, followed by two sessions on June 15 and one session on June 16 (8:30-11:00 a.m.).
Team finalists will be announced following the June 15 morning session. The group will train twice a day on June 17 and 18 and will practice once on June 19. After training twice a day at the NBA’s Washington Wizards’ practice facility in Washington, D.C. from June 20-22, the squad departs for Prague, Czech Republic,
The team will train twice a day at the Washington Wizards' practice facility in Washington, D.C., on June 20-22, then depart for the Prague, Czech Republic, from June 23-26, and then finally heads to the FIBA U-19 World Championship from June 27-July 7.