Devin Thomas to Attend USA Basketball U19 Training Camp
May 22, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
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
Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida
* Indicates the college or university where the player has signed a National Letter of Intent.