June 3, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Adreian Payne has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.
The training camp, which will take place June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2013 World University Games on July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. In total, 29 athletes will attempt to make the team. Davidson's Bob McKillop will coach Team USA, while being assisted by Michigan's John Beilein and South Carolina's Frank Martin. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 27 or 28, and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.
As a junior in 2012-13, Payne earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches and media. On April 28, he announced his return to Michigan State for his senior season, foregoing a chance to enter the NBA Draft where he was projected as a likely first-round selection.
He led the Spartans in rebounding (7.6 rpg), ranking third in the Big Ten, and ranked third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg). Payne also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in free-throw percentage (1st, .848), field-goal percentage (6th, .546), and blocked shots (7th, 1.3 bpg). He ranks third in MSU history in career blocks with 113, as his 46 rejections this season rank sixth on the MSU single-season list. In the last 19 games of the season, he averaged 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. On the season, Payne led MSU with nine double-doubles, including six in the final 11 games.
Joining Payne at the training camp are Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), Markel Brown (Oklahoma State), Deonte Burton (Nevada), Quinn Cook (Duke), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Treveon Graham (VCU), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), P.J. Hairston (North Carolina), A.J. Hammons (Purdue), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Joe Harris (Virginia), Tyler Haws (BYU), Andre Hollins (Minnesota), Rodney Hood (Duke), Josh Huestis (Stanford), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Devyn Marble (Iowa), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Will Sheehey (Indiana), Aaron White (Iowa) and Kendall Williams (New Mexico).
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is chair of the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee, which also includes McKillop, Purdue's Matt Painter and Washington's Lorenzo Romar. Former Team USA member Curtis Sumpter (2011 Pan American Games, 2004 U20 National Team) serves as athlete representative.
"The committee has assembled one of the strongest World University Games training camp rosters USA Basketball has ever had," said Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse University and chair of the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee. "It includes some of the top players in college basketball, several of whom have international experience. Selecting the players for the final roster is going to be a real challenge."
Former Spartan Draymond Green was a member of the USA squad at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.