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Eric Atkins And Jerian Grant Among 29 Collegians Named To USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp

Eric Atkins led the Irish last year in minutes played per game and will return to cement the backcourt along with Jerian Grant.

June 3, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- University of Notre Dame guards Eric Atkins (Columbia, Md.) and Jerian Grant (Bowie, Md.), who will comprise one of the nation's top backcourt tandems in 2013-14, are among 29 collegians named to the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp, announced today by USA Basketball.  The duo will attend the training camp June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee issued the invitations and is chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.

The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) are scheduled to be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Davidson College's Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina's Frank Martin. Additionally, Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado, Jim Kessler of Grace College (NAIA) and Matt Matheny from Elon University were tabbed as court coaches for training camp. 

Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 27 or 28 and the 12-member roster will be released prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.

Joining Atkins and Grant at the training camp will be: Markel Brown (Oklahoma State); Deonte Burton (Nevada); Quinn Cook (Duke); Bryce Cotton (Providence); Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado); CJ Fair (Syracuse/Baltimore, Md.); Yogi Ferrell (Indiana); Davante Gardner (Marquette); Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth); PJ Hairston (North Carolina); AJ Hammons (Purdue); Luke Hancock (Louisville.); Joe Harris (Virginia); Tyler Haws (BYU); Andre Hollins (Minnesota); Rodney Hood (Duke); Josh Huestis (Stanford); Cory Jefferson (Baylor); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati); Alex Kirk (New Mexico); Devyn Marble (Iowa); Doug McDermott (Creighton); Adreian Payne (Michigan State); Chasson Randle (Stanford); Will Sheehey (Indiana); Aaron White (Iowa); and Kendall Williams (New Mexico). 



The last Irish player to represent Notre Dame on a USA Basketball roster was former standout Tim Abromaitis in 2011. He played in the World University Games that year held in China and helped the squad to a fifth-place finish.


World University Games

The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men's squad has competed. The USA men own a stellar 138-9 record in WUGs play, and the U.S. captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in the WUGs basketball competition, including six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.

Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the WUGs have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen (1995), Stacey Augmon (1989), Charles Barkley (1983), Larry Bird (1977), Bill Bradley (1965), Quinn Buckner (1973), Tom Burleson (1973), Ken Davis (1970), Tim Duncan (1995), Phil Hubbard (1977), Allen Iverson (1995), Mitch Kupchak (1973), Karl Malone (1983), Michael Redd (1999), Mitch Richmond (1987), Michael Silliman (1967), Steve Smith (1989) and Jo Jo White (1967). 


USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennial, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships. 

USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. 

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); women's FIBA U19 World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship.  USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.  USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.

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2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp Roster


NAME                    POS            HGT        WGT       YOG             SCHOOL             HOMETOWN

Eric Atkins              G               6-2           182        2014           Notre Dame            Columbia, MD

Markel Brown           G                6-3           190        2014           Oklahoma State       Alexandria, LA

Deonte Burton           G                6-1           190        2014           Nevada                   Los Angeles, CA

Quinn Cook              G                6-1           175        2015           Duke                      Washington, DC

Bryce Cotton            G                6-1           165        2014           Providence              Tucson, AZ

Spencer Dinwiddie     G                6-6           200        2015           Colorado                Woodland Hills, CA

CJ Fair                    F                6-8           215        2014           Syracuse                 Baltimore, MD

Yogi Ferrell              G                6-0           178        2016           Indiana                   Indianapolis, IN

Davante Gardner        C                6-8           290        2014           Marquette               Suffolk, VA

Treveon Graham        F                6-5           215        2015           VCU                      Washington, DC

Jerian Grant            G               6-5           202        2014           Notre Dame            Bowie, MD

PJ Hairston               F                6-5           220        2015           North Carolina         Greensboro, NC

AJ Hammons            C                7-0           280        2016           Purdue                   Gary, IN

Luke Hancock           F                6-6           200        2014           Louisville               Roanoke, VA

Joe Harris                 G                6-6           211        2014           Virginia                  Chelan, WA

Tyler Haws               G                6-5           200        2015           BYU                      Alpine, UT

Andre Hollins           G                6-1           200        2015           Minnesota               Memphis, TN

Rodney Hood            F                6-8           210        2015           Duke                      Meridian, MS

Josh Huestis             F                6-7           230        2014           Stanford                  Great Falls, MT

Cory Jefferson            C                6-9           210        2015           Baylor                    Killeen, TX

Sean Kilpatrick          G                6-4           221        2014           Cincinnati               Yonkers, NY

Alex Kirk                 C                7-0           250        2015           New Mexico            Los Alamos, NM

Devyn Marble           F                6-6           194        2014           Iowa                      Southfield, MI

Doug McDermott       F                6-8           225        2014           Creighton               Ames, IA

Adreian Payne           F                6-10         240        2014           Michigan State        Dayton, OH

Chasson Randle         G                6-1           180        2015           Stanford                  Rock Island, IL

Will Sheehey            F                6-7           200        2014           Indiana                   Stuart, FL

Richard Solomon       C                6-10         235        2014           California                Los Angeles, CA

Aaron White             C                6-8           218        2015           Iowa                      Strongsville, OH

Kendall Williams      G                6-4           185        2014           New Mexico            Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Head Coach: Bob McKillop, Davidson College                            

Assistant Coach: John Beilein, University of Michigan

Assistant Coach: Frank Martin, University of South Carolina   

Court Coach: Tad Boyle, University of Colorado

Court Coach: Jim Kessler, Grace College (NAIA)                   

Court Coach: Matt Matheny, Elon University

Athletic Trainer: Ray Beltz, Davidson College

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