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June 17, 2013COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Following four training sessions involving 26 of America's top 19-and-under players, incoming Washington freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was named one of 16 finalists for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced Sunday.
Williams-Goss was one of four players with no college experience that will continue practicing in Colorado Springs, Colo. before the roster is pared down to 12 on June 19. The top 12 will train for three days at the Washington Wizards practice facility before leaving for Prague, Czech Republic to compete at the FIBA U19 World Championships, June 24-July 6.
"We had 26 really, really good players and all of the guys made the selection very, very difficult," said USA U19 and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. "I think the things that stand out about this team is just the athleticism; the speed and quickness; the ability to defend and put pressure on people; and offensive rebound."
The list of finalists features two rising college juniors, 10 rising sophomores, two graduating high school seniors and two rising high school seniors.
Besides Williams-Goss, selected as USA U19 finalists were Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University/Langhorne, Pa.); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon/Houston, Texas); Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech/College Park, Ga.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Elfrid Payton (University of Louisiana at Lafayette/Gretna, La.); James Robinson (University of Pittsburgh/Mitchellville, Md.); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); plus two high schoolers.
The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee is responsible for player selections for the USA U19 World Championship Team. In addition to chair and NCAA representative Jim Boeheim, the committee features four additional voting members: including Lorenzo Romar.