Michigan State Forward Draymond Green To Attend USA Basketball Training Camp

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Spartan forward will attempt to make World University Games Team.  Photo courtesy of Starr Portice.

Spartan forward will attempt to make World University Games Team. Photo courtesy of Starr Portice.

Green To Attend USA Basketball Training Camp

Michigan State rising senior forward Draymond Green has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp. The training camp, which will be held July 29-Aug 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China (Aug. 13-23).

Last season, Green averaged 12.6 points, ranking second best on the team, while leading the Spartans in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and assists (4.1 apg). He was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree, and was one of just 10 players in the nation to lead his team in rebounding and assists. He became just the third player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double, doing it twice; vs. Penn State (2/10; 15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) and vs. UCLA (3/17; 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). His triple-double vs. UCLA was just the seventh official triple-double in NCAA Tournament history. On the season, Green led MSU in rebounding in 25 games, in assists in 18 games and in scoring six times.

The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), is expected to announce on July 31 finalists for the 12-member 2011 USA World University Games Team. Training camp will continue July 31-Aug. 7 at the USOTC, with the official roster being announced prior to the team’s departure for China on Aug. 8.

Joining Green at the training camp are Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame), Bradford Burgess (VCU), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Kim English (Missouri), Yancy Gates (Cincinnati), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), JaMychal Green (Alabama), Tu Holloway (Xavier), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse), John Jenkins (Vanderbilt), Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Greg Mangano (Yale), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota), C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), Khris Middleton (Texas A&M), Darius Miller (Kentucky), Tony Mitchell (Alabama), Aaric Murray (West Virginia), Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut), John Shurna (Northwestern), and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin).

Five of the 22 players have prior USA Basketball experience, and 16 of the 22 earned individual recognition from their respective conferences following the 2010-11 season.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter is head coach of Men’s World University Games Team. He’ll be assisted by Tennessee ’s Cuonzo Martin and Butler ’s Brad Stevens.

In addition to Boeheim, the 2009-12 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.