July 2011 Archives

USA Basketball - Tim Abromaitis is one of college basketball's brightest student-athletes, with myriad national and conference academic honors to his name.

And this week, at the USA Basketball World University Games Team Training Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center, Abromaitis is hoping his penchant for learning -- and learning quickly -- will help him land a spot on the final roster that will compete next month in Shenzhen, China.

Of the 20 players in training camp, only 12 will ultimately make the team and represent the United States when it tips off against Mexico on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Abromaitis knows his classroom prowess means little compared to on-court aptitude in a situation like this -- where finalists for the team are expected to be named after just four practices -- but it can't hurt.

He's got just a few opportunities to learn the international game, learn how to play with new teammates and make an impression on the USA Basketball coaching staff and USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee members.

Not an easy task, for sure.

"Coaches are throwing things at us quick right now, where we've got to learn plays on the fly, and we have a lot of different drills, where we have to be able to just jump in and know it right away," said Abromaitis, who is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American (2010 and 2011) and a two-time BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2010 and 2011).

"I don't know if the classroom directly translates into (on-court success), but the focus that it takes to succeed in school is a habit I've grown, and that definitely translates over to basketball."
 

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