Mike Davis will contend for a spot on the USA Basketball World University Games Team.
May 20, 2009
Colorado Springs, Colo. - University of Illinois forward Mike Davis (Alexandria, Va.) is among 15 of the nation's top college players that have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp June 16-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The eventual 12-member USA team will be announced prior to the team's departure for Serbia on June 25. Invitations to attend the USA Basketball training camp were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, of which Fighting Illini head coach Bruce Weber is a member.
Davis was a second-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District 5 selection last season, and also earned Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors. He started all 34 games as a sophomore, ranking second on the Illini in scoring with an average of 11.3 points while shooting better than 53 percent from the field. He led Illinois and was second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.1 boards, and topped the conference with nine double-doubles on the season.
The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The 2009 men's basketball competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia, with 24 men's teams expected to compete for gold. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.
In addition to Davis, also accepting invitations to participate in the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team Trials were: James Anderson (Oklahoma State / Junction City, Ark.); Talor Battle (Penn State / Albany, N.Y.); Trevor Booker (Clemson / Whitmire, S.C.); Craig Brackins (Iowa State / Palmdale, Calif.); Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia / Newark, N.J.); Sherron Collins (Kansas / Chicago, Ill.); Corey Fisher (Villanova / Bronx, N.Y.); Lazar Hayward (Marquette / Buffalo, N.Y.); Robbie Hummel (Purdue / Valparaiso, Ind.); JaJuan Johnson (Purdue / Indianapolis, Ind.); Quincy Pondexter (Washington / Fresno, Calif.); Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.); Evan Turner (Ohio State / Chicago, Ill.); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State / Brownsville, Tenn.).
University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has been selected by USA Basketball to serve as head coach of the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team. Ryan's two assistant coaches are to be announced.
For more information, please visit usabasketball.com.