May 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Nigel Williams-Goss competes for Team USA spot
Incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss is one of 26 players who will attend training camp for the 2013 USA Men’s Basketball U19 National Team.
The camp will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Williams-Goss, a 6-3 guard, is vying for one of the 12 spots on the 2013 U19 National Team. The finalists will be announced June 19.
The other guards invited to the camp include: Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono, UCLA incoming freshman Bryce Alford, Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson, Providence freshman Kris Dunn, Texas freshman Javan Felix, Florida freshman Michael Frazier, Connecticut freshman Rodney Purvis, Pittsburgh freshman James Robinson and Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart.
Three guards (Robinson, Purvis, Smart) were part of the 2012 USA U18 National Team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Williams-Goss is one of four incoming freshman at the camp.
He’s also one of six Pac-12 players to accept an invitation. The others include: Brandon Ashley (Arizona), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Alford and Dotson.
The 12-member USA team will by chosen by a five-person committee that includes Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Davidson coach Bob McKillop, Purdue coach Matt Painter and Curtis Sumpter, a 2011 USA Pan American Games and 2004 USA U20 National Team member.
The USA team will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The team will train June 17-19 at the USOTC before flying to Washington, D.C. for workouts June 20-22 at Washington Wizards’ practice facility.
The FIBA U19 World Championship is June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic. Fifteen other countries will compete in the tournament.
The USA team is led by Florida coach Billy Donovan and assistants Tony Bennett (Virginia) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth).