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Payne Makes First Cut For USA Basketball Team

Adreian Payne is one of 16 finalists left for a spot on the 12-member USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team.

June 26, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State forward Adreian Payne is one of 16 finalists remaining after the first cut at the USA Basketball Men's World University Games Training Camp. The list of finalists will be trimmed to a final squad of 12 prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1. The 2013 World University Games men's basketball competition will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.

Payne is joined by three players from Big Ten schools, including Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, and Iowa's Aaron White. Other finalists include Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Tyler Haws (BYU), Rodney Hood (Duke), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Doug McDermott (Creighton), and Chasson Randle (Stanford).

"The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down," said Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. "Usually, it's pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.

"I think we have the nucleus of a really good team. We've got good big guys, we've got good wing players, we've got scorers, we've got shooters, so I think it's a balanced team. That's what you hope for on these teams."

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