June 2, 1997
Carr a Finalist for USA 22 and Under Squad
Big 12's Leading Scorer One of 16 Finalists for Elite Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Following three-days of trials which featured 61 of the top U.S. collegians, USA Basketball announced today the finalists for the 1997 USA Men's 22 & Under World Championship. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee.
Texas Tech rising senior Cory Carr, who averaged 11.2 points a game last summer for the gold medal-winning USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team, is one of the 16 players.
Carr led the Big 12 Conference in scoring last year with 23.1 points a game. His scoring average was the third highest in school history for a single season. Carr surpassed his own single-season mark with 94 three-pointers in helping lead Texas Tech to a 19-9 overall record and 10-6 Big 12 mark. Carr, a honorable mention All-America, was second-team All-Big 12 and was twice the league's player of the week.
"I think it's a great honor to represent the USA," Carr said. "There are a lot of new great players here - a lot of talent."
Carr scored 24 points in the Gold Medal win over Puerto Rico last summer. He shot .643 from the field, .545 from the three-point line and .875 from the free throw line. He started three of the USA's five games.
"The thing that our USA team (22 and Under World Championship Qualifying Team) had last year was a lot of chemistry," said Carr, "and they understood roles and that will take some time for us to learn, but we have a lot of great talent and we'll be fine."
Sixteen finalists, including three Big 12 Conference players, were named for the USA Basketball Men's 22 & Under World Championship Team. Those 16 players will open training camp in Newport Beach, Calif. on July 8 and train daily through July 21. The team will be reduced to its official 12-member roster on or before July 21. The four players who do not make the Under 22 World Championship team, will be invited to tryout for the USA World University Games Team with the 12 other players who were identified by the Selection Committee as finalists for the World University Game squad. In the event that any of the 16 finalists can not participate in the August 4-11 World University Games training camp at Bradley University (Peoria, Ill.), four alternates have also been identified and would serve as possible replacements.
"We had 61 great kids participate in this year's trials," remarked Terry Holland, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee. "They worked very hard over the course of three days of trials which made our selection process very difficult. Every player who participated showed he was a winner and I think every player benefited from their experience at the Trials. Ultimately, the committee felt the talent of the 28 chosen finalists would fit together best for each of the competitions."
Named as finalists for the USA 22 & Under World Championship Team were Chad Austin (Purdue/ Richmond, Ind.); Corey Brewer (Oklahoma/West Memphis, Ark.); Brian Cardinal (Purdue/Tolono, Ill.); Cory Carr (Texas Tech/Fordyce, Ark.); Mike Doleac (Utah/Portland, Ore.); Evan Eschmeyer (Northwestern/New Knoxville, Ohio); Pat Garrity (Notre Dame/ Monument, Colo.); Sam Jacobson (Minnesota/Cottage Grove, Minn.); Mike Jones (Texas Christian/OklahomaCity, Okla.); Tyronn Lue (Nebraska/Mexico, Mo.); Andre Miller (Utah/Los Angeles, Calif.); Brad Miller (Purdue/ Kendalville, Ind.); Scott Padgett (Kentucky/Louisville, Ky.); Ansu Sesay (Mississippi/Houston, Texas); Robert Traylor (Michigan/Detroit, Mich.) and Tyson Wheeler (Rhode Island/New London, Conn.).
Held on a four-year cycle and featuring players 22-years-old and younger (born on or after January 1, 1975), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 22 & Under World Championship will be held August 1-10 in Melbourne, Australia, and will feature a 12-team field. The U.S. in 1993 finished 8-0 and captured gold in the inaugural 22 & Under World Championship in Spain. Utah mentor Rick Majerus will serve as the USA 22 & Under head coach and will be assisted by University of Evansville (Ind.) coach Jim Crews and Pepperdine University (Calif.) head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Training camp for the 22 & Under World Championship Team will open July 8 and run through July 21. During training, the USA team will play five games against teams competing in the Los Angeles Summer League. The USA squad will leave for Australia on July 21, then play exhibition games against Australia's 22 & Under team on July 25 in Sydney and South Korea on July 27 in Canberra.
"I think we're going to have a team that's very deep, there's 16 candidates and irregardless of which 12 we take, I think we're taking some talented players," said Majerus, head coach of the USA 22 & Under World Championship squad. "We're going to try to play man-to-man defense. We're going to be committed to being a good man-to-man team, to block out, and defensive rebounds will be the utmost importance because we want to fastbreak. We're going to try to push the ball, get the ball in the open court, then go inside and really execute our offense and value each possession."