Barron Advances to Team USA Training Camp
June 4, 2001
Following four training sessions at the USA Basketball Men's Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., University of Memphis junior center Earl Barron has been named a finalist for the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team.
Barron is one of 16 finalists which will vie for 12 spots on the team during an Aug. 10-17 training camp to be held at the Denver Nuggets practice facility in Denver.
The World University Games, held every two years, is a multi-sport competition open to athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 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 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.
"I'm very excited about the finalists that we have that will be coming to training camp in Denver in August," said USA World University Games and Penn State head coach Jerry Dunn. "It's a very diverse group of guys, we have some interchangeable personnel who can do a lot of different things. One of the things I'm most impressed with is the personalities, in therms of being winners and guys who will be able to gel as a team."
"It's a great feeling to know that I'm one of the best players in the nation and I'm getting the chance to play and test myself against some of the best players," Barron said. "If I do make the final cut and travel to China, it would be a great opportunity to represent my country and try to win a gold medal."
In addition to Barron, invited to Denver for the August training camp were Maurice Baker (Oklahoma State), Antwain Barbour (Wabash Valley C.C.), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Dan Dickau (Gonzaga), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Edwin Dudley (Alabama), Melvin Ely (Fresno State), Lynn Greer (Temple), Tahj Holden (Maryland), Roger Mason (Virginia), Chris Owens (Texas), Rustin Reed (Mississippi), Tamar Slay (Marshall) and Tyler Smith (Penn State).