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Los Alamos Native Alex Kirk Tapped For 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team

on June 29, 2013 - 4:27pm

Lobos Center Alex Kirk of Los Alamos, right, during a June 25 training session with the 2013 USA Men's WUGs Team. Courtesy photo

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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 July 1.  

Representing the USA at the 2013 World University Games men’s basketball competition that will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia:

Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.);

Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.);

Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.);

Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth/Temple Hills, Md.);

Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.);

Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah); Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas);

Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.); 

Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa);

Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio);

Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.); and

Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio).

“Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” said USA head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College. “I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we’ve got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team.”

Assisting McKillop on the USA sideline are John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.

McDermott is the only USA Basketball veteran on the team, and he was a member of the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-2 record in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

Eleven players took home end of the year conference honors, including McDermott, who was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and an all-conference first-team selection. Additionally, Kirk listed on the Mountain West Conference All-Defensive team, Ferrell was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team and Sheehey earned Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

Also taking home first-team recognition were Dinwiddie (Pac-12) and Haws (West Coast Conference). Named to all-conference second teams were: Graham (Atlantic-10 Conference), Kilpatrick (Big East), Kirk (Mountain West) and Payne (Big Ten). White earned All-Big Ten third team, and honorable mentions included Jefferson (Big 12) and Ferrell (Big Ten).

Additionally, Hancock earned 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

After departing on July 1, the USA will practice on July 3-6 in Kazan, Russia, including scrimmages on July 4 against Russian basketball club UNICS and on July 5 against the Russia World University Games Team before beginning World University Games play on July 7. 

The USA has drawn preliminary round Group C for the 2013 World University Games men’s basketball competition, along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates. Playing in Group A are Estonia, Germany, Oman, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. Playing in Group B are Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania and Serbia. Group D includes Brazil, Chile, China, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.

The USA will take on UAE at 6:30 p.m. (times listed are local; Kazan, Russia, is +8 hours from EDT) on July 7; followed by Czech Republic at 1 p.m. on July 8; and Sweden at 9 p.m. on July 10; Australia at 6:30 p.m. on July 11; and Canada at 1 p.m. on July 12.

Following the preliminary round, the first and second-placed teams in each of the four pools advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 14 to compete for first through eighth places; while the remaining teams will play out for ninth to 24th places. The semifinals will be played on July 15, and the finals will be contested on July 16.

The players were selected by the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Chaired by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), the committee includes NCAA appointees McKillop, Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U20 National Team.

World University Games
The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. The USA men own a stellar 138-9 record in WUGs play, and the U.S. captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in the WUGs basketball competition, including six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.

Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the WUGs have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen (1995), Stacey Augmon (1989), Charles Barkley (1983), Larry Bird (1977), Bill Bradley (1965), Quinn Buckner (1973), Tom Burleson (1973), Ken Davis (1970), Tim Duncan (1995), Phil Hubbard (1977), Allen Iverson (1995), Mitch Kupchak (1973), Karl Malone (1983), Michael Redd (1999), Mitch Richmond (1987), Michael Silliman (1967), Steve Smith (1989) and Jo Jo White (1967). 

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including the USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships, USA Basketball trials and USA teams. 

Between 2009-12, USA Basketball men's and women's teams compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships.

USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at usabasketball.com and connect with us on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball and www.youtube.com/therealusabasketball.

2013 USA Men's World University Games Team Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

DOB

YOG

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

Spencer Dinwiddie

G

6-6

200

04/06/93

2015

Colorado

Woodland Hills, CA

Yogi Ferrell

G

6-0

178

05/09/93

2016

Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

Treveon Graham

F

6-5

215

10/28/93

2015

Virginia Commonwealth

Temple Hills, Md.

Luke Hancock

F

6-6

200

01/30/90

2014

Louisville

Roanoke, VA

Tyler Haws

G

6-5

200

04/11/91

2015

BYU

Alpine, UT

Cory Jefferson

C

6-9

210

12/26/90

2013

Baylor

Killeen, TX

Sean Kilpatrick

G

6-4

221

01/06/90

2014

Cincinnati

Yonkers, NY

Alex Kirk

C

7-0

250

11/14/91

2015

New Mexico

Los Alamos, NM

Doug McDermott

F

6-8

225

01/03/92

2014

Creighton

Ames, IA

Adreian Payne

F

6-10

240

02/19/91

2014

Michigan State

Dayton, OH

Will Sheehey

F

6-7

200

01/16/92

2014

Indiana

Stuart, FL

Aaron White

C

6-8

218

09/10/92

2015

Iowa

Strongsville, OH

Head Coach: Bob McKillop, Davidson College

Assistant Coach: John Beilein, University of Michigan

Assistant Coach: Frank Martin, University of South Carolina

Team Physician: Jeff Bytomski, Duke University

Athletic Trainer: Ray Beltz, Davidson College


• Follow the team on Twitter via this list: @usabasketball/mwug
• #USABMWUG
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