Devin Thomas to Attend USA Basketball U19 Training Camp
Devin Thomas led all ACC freshmen in rebounding and blocked shots last season.

Devin Thomas led all ACC freshmen in rebounding and blocked shots last season.

May 22, 2013

USA Basketball Site

By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
*Portions of the release courtesy of USA Basketball

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest forward Devin Thomas has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp, as announced by USA Basketball on Wednesday.

The training camp, which will be held June 14-19 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 FIBA U19 World Championship. Finalists are expected to be announced on June 16 with the official 12-man roster announced two days later.

Thomas, a rising sophomore in 2013-14, was one of the most productive freshmen in the ACC this past season. He averaged just short of a double-double in conference play at 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to go with 1.5 blocks and a shooting percentage of 51.8 percent.

Overall, Thomas averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.8 percent on the year to earn ACC All-Freshman honors.

The Harrisburg, Pa. native led all ACC freshmen in rebounding and blocked shots, ranking sixth overall in the conference in each category.

Thomas posted three double-doubles in conference play, including a performance against NC State that saw him finish with 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. His game against NC State, which led Wake Forest to an 86-84 upset of the then No. 18-ranked Wolfpack, earned him ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 28.

The stat stuffer Thomas led the Deacons in rebounding and blocked shots (43) and ranked third in scoring and steals (32) and fourth in assists (41). He scored in double figures in 14 games, including five of the final six games of the year.

 

 

Accepting invites to participate in the USA U19 training camp were Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University/Langhorne, Pa.); Bryce Alford (La Cueva H.S./Albuquerque, N.M.); Brandon Ashley (University of Arizona/San Francisco, Calif.); Robert Carter (Georgia Tech/Thomasville, Ga.); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon/Houston, Texas); Kris Dunn (Providence College/Oakdale, Conn.); Javan Felix (University of Texas/New Orleans, La.); Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech/College Park, Ga.); Shaq Goodwin (University of Memphis/Atlanta, Ga.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Rodney Purvis (University of Connecticut/Raleigh, N.C.); 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); Devin Thomas (Wake Forest University/Harrisburg, Pa.); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas).

Thomas is one of seven rising sophomores in the ACC to receive an invite, along with Georgia Tech's Robert Carter and Marcus Georges-Hunt, Syracuse's Jerami Grant, Pittsburgh's James Robinson, Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon and Virginia's Mike Tobey.

The 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, including Billy Donovan (University of Florida) as head coach, with Tony Bennett (University of Virginia) and Shaka Smart (VCU) as assistant coaches.

"We have a really impressive group of talented players and a large number of the players have USA Basketball and college experience. Selecting our 12-man U19 team will be extremely difficult, but the committee is excited and confident that we will be able to field another strong USA team," said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach and chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. "The FIBA U19 World Championship might be from top to bottom the most competitive competition FIBA conducts. Any of the teams that are competing have a real chance to win the U19 gold medal as has been shown by six different countries winning the title over the last six U19 World Championships."

The USA U19 training camp will be used to select the 12-member USA team that will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The U19 training camp will begin on June 14 with the first session (5:30-7:30 p.m., all times are local time, MDT), followed by two sessions on June 15 (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m.) and one session on June 16 (8:30-11:00 a.m.). Team finalists will be announced following the June 15 morning session. The team will train twice a day on June 17 and 18 (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m.), and will practice once on June 19 (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). The team will train twice a day at the Washington Wizards' practice facility in Washington, D.C., on June 20-22, then depart for the Prague, Czech Republic, and the June 27-July 7 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Player selections for the USA U19 World Championship Team will be made by the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. In addition to chair and NCAA representative Boeheim, the committee features four additional voting members: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (head coach, Davidson College), Matt Painter (head coach, Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a 2011 USA Pan American Games and 2004 USA U20 National Team member.

FIBA U19 World Championship The FIBA U19 World Championship features some of the world's best, young talent, and six different countries have claimed a gold medal in the past six U19 World Championships.

FIBA conducted the draw to determine the four preliminary round pools on Jan. 15, and the U.S. was placed in Group D with China (FIBA Asia gold), Ivory Coast (FIBA Africa silver) and Russia (FIBA Europe fourth place). Drawn into Group A for the June 27-29 preliminary round were Canada (FIBA Americas bronze), Croatia (FIBA Europe gold), South Korea (FIBA Asia silver) and Spain (FIBA Europe fifth place); Group B includes Argentina (FIBA Americas fourth place), host Czech Republic, Iran (FIBA Asia bronze) and Lithuania (FIBA Europe silver); while Group C is comprised of Australia (FIBA Oceania gold), Brazil (FIBA Americas silver), Senegal (FIBA Africa gold) and Serbia (FIBA Europe bronze).

The top three finishing teams from each first-round group advance to the second round that will be played July 1-3, where the 12 teams will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with preliminary-round results carrying over to the second-round standings.
Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The quarterfinals will be held on July 5, semifinals are slated for July 6 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 7. Game times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.

Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years between 1979-2007. FIBA now conducts the U19 World Championship every two years. USA men's teams are 69-13 in the U19/Junior World Championships and have won four gold and three silver medals, most recently finishing with a 7-2 record and in fifth place in 2011.

2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team Training Camp Roster

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB YOG School Hometown
Ryan Arcidiacono G 6-3 190 03/26/94 2016 Villanova University Langhorne, PA
Bryce Alford G 6-3 175 01/18/95 2013 La Cueva H.S./*UCLA Albuquerque, NM
Brandon Ashley F/C 6-8 190 07/15/94 2016 University of Arizona San Francisco, CA
Robert Carter C 6-8 250 04/04/94 2016 Georgia Tech Thomasville, GA
Damyean Dotson G 6-5 200 05/06/94 2016 University of Oregon Houston, TX
Kris Dunn G 6-3 185 03/18/94 2016 Providence College Oakdale, CT
Javan Felix G 6-0 180 07/28/94 2016 University of Texas New Orleans, LA
Michael Frazier G 6-4 185 03/08/94 2016 University of Florida Tampa, FL
Marcus Georges-Hunt F 6-6 215 03/28/94 2016 Georgia Tech College Park, GA
Shaq Goodwin F 6-8 245 09/01/94 2016 University of Memphis Atlanta, GA
Aaron Gordon F 6-6 210 09/16/95 2013 Archbishop Mitty H.S./*Arizona San Jose, CA
Jerami Grant F 6-6 185 03/12/94 2016 Syracuse University Bowie, MD
Montrezl Harrell F 6-7 215 01/26/94 2016 University of Louisville Tarboro, NC
Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 205 01/03/95 2013 Chester H.S./*Arizona Chester, PA
Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 253 12/15/95 2014 Whitney Young H.S. Chicago, IL
Rodney Purvis G 6-4 190 02/14/94 2016 ^University of Connecticut Raleigh, NC
James Robinson G 6-3 200 03/04/94 2016 University of Pittsburgh Mitchellville, MD
Marcus Smart G 6-4 200 03/06/94 2016 Oklahoma State University Flower Mound, TX
Jarnell Stokes F 6-8 250 01/07/94 2015 University of Tennessee Memphis, TN
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6-3 180 03/09/94 2016 Duke University Houston, TX
Devin Thomas F/C 6-9 240 05/17/94 2016 Wake Forest University Harrisburg, PA
Mike Tobey F/C 6-11 227 10/10/94 2016 University of Virginia Monroe, NY
Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 180 09/16/94 2013 Findlay Prep/*Washington Happy Valley, OR
Justise Winslow F 6-6 210 03/26/96 2014 St. Johns H.S. Houston, TX

Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida
Assistant Coach: Tony Bennett, University of Virginia
Assistant Coach: Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth University
Court Coach: d Cooley, Providence College
Court Coach: Tim Ryan, College of Central Florida
Court Coach: Buzz Williams, Marquette University
Athletic Trainer: Dave Werner, University of Florida

* Indicates the college or university where the player has signed a National Letter of Intent.
^ Indicates the university the player has transferred to.

 

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