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June 26, 2013

Sheehey, Ferrell learn fate this afternoon

Indiana players Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell will learn in a few hours whether they've managed to do enough this week in workouts to make the final 12-man World University Games team.

There are 26 players that came to the tryouts that began on Monday at the USA Basketball training center. Yesterday Purdue sophomore center A.J. Hammons left the camp because of a "family emergency" according to SI.com's Andy Glockner.

Glockner is at the tryouts and yesterday wrote (link) that Ferrell and Stanford's Chasson Randle "impressed the most out of the backcourt options" (SI.com link). While Sheehey didn't get any mention in that midday report, the Hoosier senior forward was singled out along with five other players for improved play in last night's evening session by Glockner.

Besides the two Hoosiers and Hammons, Big Ten players Devyn Marble and Arron White of Iowa, Adreian Payne of Michigan State and Andre Hollins of Minnesota are working to make the team this week.

Here's the alphabetical order by position of the 25 players competing for the 12 spots:

Guards: Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), Markel Brown (Oklahoma State), Deonte Burton (Nevada), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Joe Harris (Virginia), Tyler Haws (BYU), Andre Hollins (Minnesota), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Kendall Williams (New Mexico)

Forwards: Treveon Graham (VCU), P.J. Hairston (North Carolina), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Rodney Hood (Duke), Josh Huestis (Stanford), Devyn Marble (Iowa), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Will Sheehey (Indiana)

Centers: Davante Gardner (Marquette), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Aaron White (Iowa)

Indiana's Ferrell is the youngest player at the camp, having turned 20 just last month.

"We're all in college," Ferrell told USA Basketball this week. "We all play against younger and older guys all the time. So maybe I'll try and use that as kind of a chip on my shoulder, that I'm the youngest guy. To try and show that the youngest guy is not going to be, per se the weakest one out here."

The expected final roster is expected to be released around lunchtime in Colorado Springs, or roughly 2 p.m. EDT this afternoon. Peegs.com will spread the news on the boards, twitter and via a text alert when the news becomes official.

Those making the squad will remain in Colorado through the end of June before traveling to Kazan, Russia for practice sessions beginning July 3rd. Kazan is the host of the World University Games and +8 hours from EDT. The first games are on July 7th and the final games will be on July 16th.

For more on the World University Games and tryouts, check out the official USA Basketball site.


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