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Colorado Springs, CO – After five days of training camp that began with 26 players on June 24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball today named the official, 12-man roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team.
Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs through June 30, and the team departs for Russia on July 1.
By Chris Ramirez
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London will have several amateurs from the NCAA are expected to play for their respective countries. The following players are on preliminary rosters of qualified teams. The NBA will push for the Olympics to propose an under-23 format similar to the one soccer uses to prevent its stars from playing all year round.
Great Britain – Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston) – The 6-1 guard competed for his country in the 2011 qualifying events and is hoping to be a contributing backup guard for Great Britain. This past season as a junior, Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game while leading the College of Charleston to a 19-12 overall record. The Cougars’ point guard was a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award as he consistently displayed his excellent ball handling and passing skills while also serving as a viable scoring option.
The 2012 Nike Hoop Summit USA squad will take on The International team. The game takes place in Portland, OR on April 7th.
By Jason Bleznick
Foreign players have had a huge impact on how NBA teams are now drafting. Players like Dirk Nowitzki and Manute Bol have opened doors for players from every country. Manute Bol out of Sudan was drafted in the 5th round of the 1983 draft he became the first player to be drafted from another country. Years later in the 2001 Pau Gasol was drafted 3rd overall by the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to Vancouver. In 2002 Yao Ming became the first foreign player with no college experience to be drafted number 1 overall. In 2002 the draft produced 17 international players total; the most ever in the NBA draft. International competition is at an all time high; the majority of countries now have their own competitive leagues that produce some of the best talent in Europe and Asia; many of these prospects are only 17 years old, but play with men twice their age.
By Moritz Korff
Not hearing your name called out on draft night, does not necessarily mean that your career as a pro has to be over before it really began. Not even your NBA career. Because for those former college standouts who will not make it to the league on their first try, the basketball courts overseas is the place to be. Kicking off your post-NCAA career in European basketball might even be something that a US-born athlete will benefit from. Experiencing a new culture, an often times different approach to the game of basketball, different coaching styles and going up against Euro veterans will force you to play out of your comfort zone and learn to adapt. The good thing about it: Diligence, perseverance and determination will pay off, no matter on which side of the pond your are on.