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Phil Martelli to Pick from Top College Players for USA Basketball Team
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  06/22/2005

June 22, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli will have 21 of the nation's top basketball players 21-years old and younger to choose from when he begins his stint as head coach for the USA Basketball Men's U21 National Team. Trials for the 12-member team begin in Dallas on July 21 with Martelli leading the squad that will defend its gold medal in the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship in Argentina from August 5 to 14.

The players who have accepted invitations to attend the trials from July 21 to 23 are: Josh Boone (Connecticut); Aaron Brooks (Oregon); Shannon Brown (Michigan State); Rodney Carney (Memphis); JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State); Glen Davis (Louisiana State); Jared Dudley (Boston College); Nick Fazekas (Nevada); Rudy Gay (Connecticut); C.J. Giles (Kansas); Justin Gray (Wake Forest); Taj Gray (Oklahoma); Malik Hairston (Oregon); Adam Morrison (Gonzaga); Allan Ray (Villanova); J.J. Redick (Duke); Terrence Roberts (Syracuse); Rajon Rondo (Kentucky); Darius Washington, Jr. (Memphis); Marcus Williams (Connecticut); and Curtis Withers (Charlotte).

Martelli, along with assistant coaches Bruiser Flint of Drexel and Dennis Felton of Georgia, will conduct the trials at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility beginning on July 21. Team finalists will remain in Dallas for the USA's July 24- August 1 training camp. The U.S. squad will compete in the July 27-31 Global Games at the Dr. Pepper Star Center, with the eventual 12-member squad being named during the training camp.

On August 1, the American team will travel to Argentina for its final practices before tipping off play at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship, which runs from August 5 to 14 in Cordoba and Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The tournament will consist of 12 national teams split into two groups for preliminary round-robin play. The top four teams in each group will advance to the medal quaarterfinals, while the 5th and 6th place finishing teams in each group will compete for 9th through 12th place.

This is Martelli's third stint with USA Basketball after he served as an assistant on the U.S. teams which won gold medals in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men and the 1998 Goodwill Games.