Taylor to try out for USA Basketball World University Games Team Wisconsin senior will attend to training camp from July 29-Aug. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Taylor is the third Badger in as many years to participate with USA Basketball, joining Bo Ryan and Jon Leuer.
June 8, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Wisconsin senior Jordan Taylor has accepted an invitation 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 (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition, Aug. 13-23, in Shenzhen, China.
The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), is expected on July 31 to announce finalists for the 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.
“After a lot of thought and consideration of potential players, the committee has put together a very strong roster for the USA Men’s World University Games Team training camp,” said Boeheim. “As always, the committee will be looking for not only the most talented players, but also players that will work well as a team.”
Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal, has been selected as head coach of the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team. Butler’s Brad Stevens and Cuonzo Martin (head coach at Tennessee) were named as assistant coaches.
Taylor emerged as one of college basketball’s top players last season, earning second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. The Bloomington, Minn., native led the NCAA with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2010-11, while averaging 18.1 points and 4.7 assists per game.
“I’m excited and honored to be invited to the USA basketball tryouts,” Taylor said. “As players, we all dream about representing our country and wearing the USA jersey. It should be a great opportunity to play with some of the best players in the country and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play against international competition.
“I’m also looking forward to playing for Coach Painter. He’s proven that he’s a great coach, and it will be a lot of fun playing for him.”
Taylor is the latest Badger to be picked by USA Basketball, joining recent participants Bo Ryan and Jon Leuer. Ryan earned the bronze medal serving as the head coach for Team USA in the 2009 World University Games. Last summer Leuer was selected to help Team USA prepare for the FIBA World Championships.
“This is a great opportunity to play against some outstanding players from around the country,” Ryan said. “If Jordan is fortunate enough to make the team, he’ll play against some really good international players and have a wonderful experience. Any time you get a chance to use basketball to learn about other cultures and experience different things, it’s always good.”
World University Games The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between Jan. 1, 1987 and Dec. 31, 1993), who are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
The United States, which has claimed a medal in every World University Games since beginning play in 1965, has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 19 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 won-loss record in World University Games play.
The United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition and strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. Most recently, the 2009 USA team earned the bronze medal after finishing 6-1 and suffering a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the World University Games have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen, Stacey Augmon, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Quinn Buckner, Tom Burleson, Ken Davis, Tim Duncan, Phil Hubbard, Allen Iverson, Mitch Kupchak, Karl Malone, Michael Redd, Mitch Richmond, Michael Silliman, Steve Smith and Jo Jo White.
2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team