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
link). While Sheehey didn't get any mention in that midday report,
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
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