For the second-straight summer, University of Louisville men’s basketball’s Montrezl Harrell will be playing for USA Basketball.
Late Monday evening, the rising sophomore was named to the final 12-man USA Basketball Men’s U-19 World Championship Team roster, USA Basketball announced from Colorado Springs, Colo.
Harrell is one of five players from last summer’s USA squad that captured the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championships in Brazil. The Tarboro, N.C., native played in all five games and led the team in shooting percentage (12-of-15, .800), while grabbing 21 rebounds.
“There were some tough decisions, difficult decisions, but I think we feel overall that we have selected an athletic and versatile team,” USA U-19 and Florida head coach Billy Donovan said. “Our style of play will be an aggressive, up-tempo, running, pressing style. From an execution standpoint, we’ve got to get better there, a lot of the other teams over there have been together for quite some time and that’s probably a strength of their teams, so we felt that we have to rely on some athleticism.
“These kids being here since Friday, obviously there’s been a physical toll on them, but I don’t think you can underestimate the mental toll of these kids trying so hard to make the team. Here it is today and they have gone through Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, four pretty difficult days against really difficult competition, and the uncertainty of ‘am I playing well enough’; ‘am I going to make the team or not make the team’; that stress, that pressure, I think that adds to their fatigue. So I think getting that behind us now and going forward we can get our guys focused on being the best team. I think the focus up to this point of time by them has been ‘make the team’, ‘make the team’, ‘make the team’, and we’ve got to now move it towards trying to win.”
Harrell concluded freshman campaign playing 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.
Training continues on Tuesday (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. ET) and once on June 19 (11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). After heading to Washington, D.C., to train at the Washington Wizards' practice facility from June 20-22, the team will head to the championships in Prague, Czech Republic, from June 24 to July 6.
Assisting Donovan with the 2013 USA U-19 World Championship Team are college coaches Tony Bennett (Virginia) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth) as assistants.
The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee is responsible for player selections for the USA U19 World Championship Team. In addition to chair and NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse), the committee features four additional voting members: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (head coach, Davidson), Matt Painter (head coach, Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (head coach, Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a 2011 USA Pan American Games and 2004 USA U-20 National Team member.
2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team
NAME POS HT WT DOB YOG SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Michael Frazier G 6-4 185 03/08/94 2016 University of Florida Tampa, FL
Aaron Gordon F 6-6 210 09/16/95 2013 Archbishop Mitty H.S./*Arizona San Jose, CA
Jerami Grant F 6-6 185 03/12/94 2016 Syracuse University Bowie, MD
Montrezl Harrell F 6-7 215 01/26/94 2016 University of Louisville Tarboro, NC
Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 253 12/15/95 2014 Whitney Young H.S. Chicago, IL
Elfrid Payton G 6-3 170 02/22/94 2015 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Gretna, LA
Marcus Smart G 6-4 200 03/06/94 2016 Oklahoma State University Flower Mound, TX
Jarnell Stokes F 6-8 250 01/07/94 2015 University of Tennessee Memphis, TN
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6-3 180 03/09/94 2016 Duke University Houston, TX
Mike Tobey F/C 6-11 227 10/10/94 2016 University of Virginia Monroe, NY
Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 180 09/16/94 2013 Findlay Prep/*Washington Happy Valley, OR
Justise Winslow F 6-6 210 03/26/96 2014 St. Johns H.S. Houston, TX
Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida
Assistant Coach: Tony Bennett, University of Virginia
Assistant Coach: Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth University
Athletic Trainer: Dave Werner, University of Florida
Team Physician: John Hefferon, Chicago, Illinois
* Indicates the college or university where the player has signed a National Letter of Intent.