June 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Nigel Williams-Goss makes first cut at Team USA training camp
Washington incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss survived the first cut at the 2013 USA Men’s Basketball U19 National team training camp. A list of 26 hopefuls was pared to 16. The roster will be reduced to 12 by June 19.
Williams-Goss, a 6-3 guard, Oregon’s Damyean Dotson and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon are three Pac-12 players still in contention for the team.
The other finalists include: Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono, Florida’s Michael Frazier, Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt, Syracuse’s Jerami Grant, Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell, Whitney Young (Chicago) High’s Jahlil Okafor, Universtity of Louisville at Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton, Pittsburgh’s James Robinson, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes, Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon, Virginia’s Mike Tobey and St. John’s (Houston) High’s Justise Winslow.
Players not selected were UCLA’s Bryce Alford, Arizona’s Brandon Ashley, College of Charleston’s Canyon Barry, Georgie Tech’s Robert Carter, Providence’s Kris Dunn, Texas’ Javier Felix, Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin, Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Connecticut’s Rodney Purvis, and Wake Forest’s Devin Thomas.
Williams-Goss, a 6-3 point guard, is one of seven guards (Arcidiacono, Dotson, Dunn, Frazier, Robinson and Smart) remaining at the camp.
Six finalists (Grant, Harrell, Robinson, Smart, Stokes and Sulaimon) were all part of the 2012 USA U18 National Team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and qualified the United States for the FIBA U19 World Championship.
The 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 24 to July 6 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).