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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KU’s pool play competitors for World University Games announced

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, left, discusses KU’s selection to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at KU. Joining Self at the news conference were KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, center, and Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation for the Games.

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, left, discusses KU’s selection to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at KU. Joining Self at the news conference were KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, center, and Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation for the Games.

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When Kansas University’s men’s basketball team begins representing the USA at the 2015 World University Games this summer, the Jayhawks will start things off in Gwangju, Korea, in the same pool as Brazil, Chile, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.

The World University Games, which feature four pools of six teams, begin July 3 and finish July 14. KU, playing as the National Team, is in Pool D. Following five games of pool competition, teams will be seeded for bracket play, with the top two teams from each pool competing for the gold medal.

Only current university student-athletes or recent graduates, born between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec. 31, 1997, are eligible for the 2015 Games. For KU’s participation, only U.S. citizens can compete — meaning Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk won’t play with his fellow Jayhawks in the competition — and incoming freshmen and transfers qualify.

Historically, the USA has won 13 World University Games gold medals, three silvers and three bronze since the inception of the games in 1965. The USA’s last WUG gold medal came in 2005. The USA is 1-0 in the World University Games against Serbia with a 68-66 victory in 2009. Serbia later won the 2009 WUG gold medal and USA the bronze. The USA is 8-0 against Brazil with the last meeting in 2001, at USA 99-67 victory. The USA squad is 1-0 versus Turkey with the lone meeting in 2001, a 113-90 decision. The USA has yet to face Chile or Switzerland in World University Games competition.

This is the second time a college team will compete in the World University Games. In 2007, the University of Northern Iowa participated and finished ninth in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Kansas travel party, consisting of 12 competitors and staff (24 total), will leave Lawrence June 28 and live in the athlete village throughout the Games.
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) which governs the World University Games established the criteria for selecting each pool based on previous WUG results, previous participation in the Games, continental representation and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rankings. Following the five games in pool competition, the teams will be seeded for bracket play with the top two teams from each pool battling for a medal.

2015 World University Games Pools

Pool A – Korea, Estonia, Germany, China, Angola, Mozambique

Pool B – Russia, Canada, Mexico, Mongolia, Sweden, Montenegro

Pool C – Australia, Lithuania, Finland, Japan, France, Chinese Taipei

Pool D – Serbia, Brazil, USA, Turkey, Chile, Switzerland

Comments

John Fitzgerald 2 years, 8 months ago

So excited for this! How could you be a recruit and not choose Kansas for this once in a lifetime opportunity!? That's aside from the incredible history and tradition the program offers. Yes, I'm talking to Zimmerman, Diallo, Brown, and Thorne. I know we can't have all of them, but it sure would be nice to have at least 3 of them joining us in South Korea. Rock Chalk!

Dale Kroening 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't forget they also go to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational as well

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Easy to not pick KU. Zimmerman can play in Vegas (home), the rest can play for the NBA prep team KY or for a legend at coach - Krzyzewski who just showed he can win the NC with OAD's. Both have stater minutes available too!

It is very easy to not pick KU, as 92 of the top 100 recruits have done so far this recruiting season.

Why would they care where the games are played this year, when they are all focused on where they are going to play next year?

Dale Kroening 2 years, 8 months ago

Why not go root for KY or Duke then Rodney ???

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Ouch can't make a point so you call me a Cry Baby John? Typical.

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Well Dale I Prefer KU. It doesn't mean I have to carry the school flag blindly over the cliff like some do. I know this is hard to grasp but I actually wish we were better than we are. In play, at recruiting, and in our performance at the NCAA's.

Ashwin Rao 2 years, 8 months ago

Last year Cliff came to us, now we go to the cliff?

Rob Bedford III 2 years, 8 months ago

Rodney is correct. Duke now has 4 or more spots open and Kentucky has 4. KU will get the left overs if they are lucky.

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Rob. Risky to agree with me, I appreaciate the honesty.

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Joe Ross has also made an excellent case for St. Johns as a landing spot too!

Jay Scott 2 years, 8 months ago

Diallo wouldn't be eligible if I'm not mistaken.

Adam Tyler 2 years, 8 months ago

I've wondered about this too.

Being originally from Mali, is Diallo a U.S. citizen?

If he is, then he absolutely is eligible to play for us.

Jay Scott 2 years, 8 months ago

Playing for the "World" team at the nike hoops summit seems like a good indicator.

Rodney Crain 2 years, 8 months ago

Anyone know where the 7th fleet will be while we are there? jk

Good Luck Jayhawks I know it will be a great experience no matter what the outcome!

It would be great to make the podium!

Rich Hetherington 2 years, 8 months ago

Our group is tough! Counting the US, group D has Serbia and Turkey who both have decent basketball traditions going on, while no other group even has 2 such teams... Grrr

Oh well, it will be awesome to have televised KU (USA) games this summer and I look forward to seeing how we compete. It will also be interesting to see who ends up playing the 3 with Svi and Greene not able to participate, but I'm sure Bragg and Perry can take the 3 at times and possibly another recruit or fill-in.

Vernon Riggs 2 years, 8 months ago

The games in Sprint this summer against Team Canada - Will that be against Team Canada Olympic Team that will be playing in Mexico in August? Or Team Canada Development Team that will be playing in Korea in July? Will we see Andrew Wiggins playing against the Jayhawks?

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