Friday, May 8, 2009

Collins, Taylor eye USA Basketball team trials


Look for Kansas University’s Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor to compete at a pair of USA Basketball Team Trials this summer.

Taylor, a sophomore-to-be from Jersey City, N.J., will be one of 20 players to attend the Under 19 World Championship team trials June 16-18 in Colorado Springs, KU coach Bill Self confirmed Friday.

Those who make the team will play at the Under 19 World Championships July 2-12 in New Zealand.

Collins, a senior-to-be from Chicago, is tentatively slated to participate in the World University Games team trials June 16 to 18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The World Games trials will feature 20 to 25 of the United States’ top players between the ages of 17 and 24. The players will compete for spots on the World Games team. The Games will be held July 1-12 in Serbia.

KU coach Bill Self said Cole Aldrich would not be trying out for the World University Games team as he’s ticketed for some rest as he heals bumps and bruises from last season.

“He had some sore shoulders and his lower leg is still bothering him a bit,” Self said of the stress reaction that had Aldrich in a boot much of the season. “We told Cole to take some time off.” had Collins and Taylor on USA Basketball’s confirmed list of invitees on Friday morning.

USA Basketball, however, has not yet released its official list and likely will not do so until sometime next week. The only way Collins would not go is if he decides it’d be too much of a time commitment, considering he’d planned on completing coursework toward his college degree this summer.

“He wants to do it. He’ll see how the schedule falls. He is planning on going,” Self said. said Friday that other confirmed players for the World Games tryouts include Trevor Booker of Clemson, Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia, Mike Davis of Illinois, Devin Ebanks of West Virginia, Corey Fisher of Villanova, Lazar Hayward of Marquette, Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Quincy Pondexter of Washington, Deon Thompson of North Carolina and Evan Turner of Ohio State.

Zagsblog said others confirmed for the Under 19 trials include Kemba Walker of UConn, Darryl Bryant of West Virginia, Larry Drew of North Carolina, Klay Thompson of Washington State, Seth Curry of Duke, Kenny Boynton of Florida, Maalik Wayns of Villanova, Gordon Hayward of Butler, Sylven Landesberg of Virginia, Al Farouq-Aminu of Wake Forest, Howard Thompkins of Georgia, Drew Gordon of UCLA and Arnett Moultrie of UTEP.


ChicagoJHawk 11 years, 4 months ago

So out of the 20-25 people trying out, how many people are they going to pick?

Eurekahwk 11 years, 4 months ago

I'd rather neither of them make it. Less injury risk AND they can feel slighted by it ala Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins two years ago. It makes for great motivation when facing a team whose coach was involved in this whole say Villanova.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 4 months ago

Good points eureka...however the flip side of that is they could get to see great competition...those two will bond more...and why would anyone really want to deny these guys such a great opportunity?

5a5quatch 11 years, 4 months ago

OK, this is not related to this article, but AFH is losing to Rupp in the online finals for Best Arena. That's just ridiculous. The margin is wide, since UK is voting multiple times in droves, 64-36%. If you care to vote, take a second:

Eric TheCapn 11 years, 4 months ago

Well, basketball teams are usually 12-13 guys. So, they'll pick 12-13.

thisis 11 years, 4 months ago

No Releford, even though he made a national team last year?

AverageCitizen 11 years, 4 months ago

5a5quatch- They have it set up so you can only vote once in this contest. It says so in the comments section. There is more population back east than here. We know what a magic place AFH is. We get plenty of love from the media, too. I voted but am satisfied with who we are!

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 4 months ago

Honestly, 5a5quatch, who cares? I never heard of prepticket until this marketing ploy and no one will notice if East Podunk U.'s gym beats AFH.

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