Goodwin Invited To USA Basketball U19 Training Camp June 14-19
May 22, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Memphis rising sophomore Shaq Goodwin has accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC), the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee announced Wednesday. Those players selected after training camp will represent the United States at FIBA U19 World Championship June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.
If Goodwin is selected, it would be the fifth-straight year a Tiger played on a Team USA squad. Goodwin played for the U18 team in 2012 and joined Joe Jackson (U19, 2011) and Adonis Thomas (U17, 2010; U16, 2009) in representing the U.S. in international competition.
Goodwin is one of 24 players invited to the training camp. Of the 24 invitees, eight - including Goodwin - played on last summer's gold medal-winning Team USA squad (5-0 record) at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. The other seven players from the 2012 U18 gold-medal squad are: Syracuse's Jerami Grant, Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, Connecticut's Rodney Purvis, Pittsburgh's James Robinson, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Tennessee' Jarnell Stokes and Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon.
Last summer, Goodwin came off the bench in all five U18 contests to average 12.4 points (third on team) and 4.8 rebounds (fourth on team) for the U.S. He led Team USA in field goal percentage (80 percent) and free throw percentage (77.8 percent).
Goodwin set a USA U18 field goal percentage record (100 percent) in the squad's opening game at the FIBA Americas Championship for Men, hitting all 12 of his field goal attempts in the win over the U.S. Virgin Islands. He scored 30 points (12-of-12 FG, 6-of-6 FT), marking the third-highest, single-game scoring performance in USA Basketball U18 history.
This past season with the Tigers, the 6-foot-9, 246-pound forward saw action in all 36 games and made 33 starts. Goodwin averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. He also had 40 blocked shots, the second-most on the team.
Goodwin had 13 double-figure scoring games, two double-digit rebounding performances and one double-double. He pulled down five or more rebounds in 15 games.
Goodwin's best all-around performance came in an early December home win over Ohio. The Atlanta, Ga., native scored a season-high 20 points (6-of-8 FG, 8-of-10 FT) and added nine rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot. His first collegiate double-double was a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in the Tigers' home win over UT Martin. Goodwin's top Conference USA game was a 19-point (6-of-7 FG, 7-of-9 FT), five-board, five-assist performance in a late February home victory over Southern Miss.
For his efforts, Goodwin was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. During the 2012-13 campaign, Goodwin twice earned the C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.
The USA U19 training camp will be used to select the 12-member USA team that will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The U19 training camp begins with two practice sessions June 14 and 15 and one session June 16. Team finalists will be announced following the June 15 morning session.
The team will train twice June 17 and 18 and will practice once June 19. On June 20-22, the U.S. U19 squad's training sessions will move to the Washington Wizards' practice facility in Washington, D.C. After those three practice days, the team will depart for the Prague, Czech Republic, for the FIBA U19 World Championship.
The 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, with Florida's Billy Donovan as head coach and Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart as assistant coaches.