Gordon to attend U-19 national team trials

UCLA sophomore center Drew Gordon was invited to take part in the U-19 Team USA national trials. Here is the release from UCLA:


UCLA sophomore Drew Gordon is one of four returning USA Basketball veterans among 17 of the nation’s most talented 19-and-younger basketball players who have been selected to attend the 2009 USA U19 National Team Trials, held June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team. The trials invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University).

Following the trials, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee is expected to announce finalists for the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team roster. Training camp for the selected finalists will begin June 19, with the 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the teams’ departure for New Zealand on June 25.

Gordon played on the 2007 Youth Developmental Festival Red Team that finished 5-0 and captured the gold medal and the 2008 USA Junior Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 98-78 in the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit.

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  • UCLABZ

    really? He wasn’t an all star this year in the NCAA. I would of thought they are other more proven young college players. Maybe it is based on his past experience with the nat’l team. Also, interesting Jrue wasn’t asked. Perhaps he had said he wasn’t interested.

  • 87BRUIN

    Jrue hasn’t decided to hire an U-19 agent yet. That’s why he’s not playing.