Barron, Wise Accept Invites To USA Basketball Team Trials
May 15, 2001
University of Memphis senior-to-be forward Kelly Wise and junior center Earl Barron are two of the top 45 collegiate basketball players in the country who have accepted invitations to participate in the USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials.
The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee will select finalists for two teams -- the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team and the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team -- following the three-day Trials which will be held June 1-3 at the U.S. Olmpic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2001 USA Men's National Team Trials will begin Friday, June 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. (all times MDT). Sessions will follow from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. on June 2 and will conclude June with a session from 8-10 a.m.
Memphis is one of eight schools who will be represented by multiple players.
Wise was the only player in Conference USA to average a double-double, finishing with a 15.1 scoring average to go with 10.1 rebounds per game. He was named to the all-Conference USA First Team as well as named the U of M's most valuable player.
Barron was the first player off the bench in a team-high 16 games but started six of the Tigers' seven post-season games. For the year he averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds but during the Tiger's five-game run in the TiVo NIT, he averaged 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds.
"I am proud of both of them," said University of Memphis coach John Calipari. "They are both very deserving. They have an opportunity to showcase their skills all over the world. They are going to be working with some good people."
The 2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team will compete August 3-12 in Saitama, Japan, in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men Tournament.
Featuring 12 teams that have been divided into two preliminary round pools consisting of six teams each, the United States was placed in Pool B with Argentina, Croatia, Israel, Japan and South Korea. The six teams comprising preliminary Pool A include Australia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Qatar, Slovenia and Spain. Any male athlete who is a U.S. citizen and is 21-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1980) is eligible for the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team. Held every four years and originally designed for men 22-years-old or younger, FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21-years-old or younger in December 1998 and changed the competition name to the World Championship for Young Men. The U.S. captured gold in the inaugural competition which was held in 1993 and known as the FIBA 22 And Under World Championship, and in 1997 finished fifth with a 6-2 record.
Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim will serve as head coach of the 2001 USA world Championship for Young Men squad, and he will be assisted by Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon and Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's University (Pa.). The final 12-member team will be named during the team's July 22-30 training camp which will be held at a site to be determined.
The World University Games, held every two years, is a multi-sport competition open to men between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983), who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. This summer the World University Games will be held Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The men's basketball competition, currently featuring collegiate teams from 28 countries, has been divided into eight preliminary round pools. Placed into Pool B, the United States will face Iran, South Africa and Turkey in preliminary round play.
Penn State University (Pa.) head coach Jerry Dunn has been selected to serve as head coach for the 2001 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Rod Barnes from the University of Mississippi and Al Skinner from Boston College (Mass.) will assist Dunn on the sidelines. The final 12-member team will be named during the team's Aug. 10-18 training camp which will be held at a site to be determined.
In addition to Barron and Wise, Conference USA will be represented by Cincinnati's Steve Logan.