Aug. 4, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green has been selected to the 12-man roster for the USA Men's World University Games Team. The USA team looks to earn its first gold medal since 2005, after winning a bronze medal in 2009 while finishing 6-1 and suffering a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
Green is joined on the squad by Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/Unionville, Conn.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/ Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.); Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy/Beverly Hills, Mich.); and Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.). The team is coached by Purdue Univeristy head coach Matt Painter, and is assisted by Cuonzo Martin (University of Tennessee) and Brad Stevens (Butler University).
Green was originally one of 22 players trying out for the 12 spots. On July 31, that list was trimmed to 14, with the final cut being announced on Wednesday.
"I think your strengths are going to come out in competition, and we have some very good players," said Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal. "I think we have some good point-guard play, some good, athletic wings that can shoot the basketball and then we have some good interior strength. So, I think we have balance. We do have some interchangeable parts, some guys at the three and four positions that can swing either way. We can play smaller and we can play bigger. It will depend on who we are playing against. I do think we can play a couple of different ways, and that's always a positive."
Training camp continues for the team members through, Aug. 7, with two practices each day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and the team will depart for China on Aug. 8.
The USA will play an exhibition contest against New Century, a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) professional team, in Huizho, China, on Aug. 11, before opening World University Games play on Aug. 13.
In all, 24 countries will compete in the international competition. The USA has been slotted into Pool D, along with Finland, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and South Korea. The red, white and blue will open play against Mexico at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) and will then play Hungary at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14; South Korea at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; Finland at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17; and Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.
Following the preliminary round, the top two placed teams from each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be contested on Aug. 20. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.
Last year, Green averaged 12.6 points, ranking second best on the team, while leading the Spartans in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and assists (4.1 apg). He was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree, and was one of just 10 players in the nation to lead his team in rebounding and assists. He became just the third player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double, doing it twice; vs. Penn State (2/10; 15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) and vs. UCLA (3/17; 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). His triple-double vs. UCLA was just the seventh official triple-double in NCAA Tournament history. On the season, Green led MSU in rebounding in 25 games, in assists in 18 games and in scoring six times.