May 13, 1997
Two Red Raiders Invited to National Team Trials
Carr, Battie Among 66 of Nation's Top Players
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Texas Tech standouts Cory Carr and Tony Battie have been included among the 66 top college players in the nation invited to participate in the USA Men's National Team Trials, scheduled for May 30-June 1, announced USA Basketball.
The 1997 USA Men's National Team Trials, staged to select the finalists for the 12-member USA 22 And Under World Championship and World University Games squads, will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1.
Held on a four-year cycle and featuring players 22-years-old and younger, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 22 and Under World Championship will be held August 1-10 in Melbourne, Australia and will feature a 12-team field. The USA earned the right to defend its title by virtue of its 5-0 record and gold medal performance at the 1996 Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) Under 22 Qualifying Tournament last summer.
The World University Games are scheduled for August 21-31 in Trapani, Italy. The USA has won 10 gold medals, three silvers and one bronze, while compiling an incredible 95-6 record in 14 competitions. The USA has won four-straight gold medals in the World University Games.
University of Utah head coach Rick Majerus will head the USA 22 and Under Team and will be assistant by Evansville head coach Jim Crews and Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar.
Carr, Toby Bailey (UCLA), Louis Bullock (Michigan) and Brian Skinner (Baylor) were members of last summer's gold medal-winning COPABA USA 22 and Under team. All four have been invited to participate in the trials. That team was defeated 96-90 by the 1996 USA Dream Team last July in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Carr and Battie announced last week that they were both applying for early admission into the National Basketball Association draft. The two have until seven days prior to the draft to remove their name from consideration and returned to Texas Tech for their senior seasons. During that time, they must not sign with an agent or they will lose their final season of eligibility.
Carr, a native of Fordyce, Ark., led the Big 12 Conference in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game. A native of Dallas, Battie was one of the nation's leaders in scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg), blocked shots (2.5 bpg) and field goal percentage (.579). Either Carr or Battie led the Red Raiders in scoring in each of the 28 games this season.