USA Basketball releases final U19 roster

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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USA Basketball announced its final roster for the U19 World Championship team that will represent the country at a tournament in Latvia in coming weeks, according to a release.

The team includes three players from the Big Ten and one from the state of Iowa.

Big Ten standouts Keith Appling of Michigan State, Tim Hardaway Jr., of Michigan, and Meyers Leonard of Illinois join Ames native Doug McDermott of Creighton and several other young players on the final roster.

“I like the depth and versatility of this team,” head coach Paul Hewitt said in the release. “Defense will have to be a staple for this team, and we have work to do. I’m not happy with where we are defensively … in order to compete for the gold medal, we have to get better.”

Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe — who averaged 1.32 blocks per game as a freshman last year, the seventh-best mark in the Big Ten — was invited to the training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week, but he didn’t make it past the first cut.

The team will travel to Lithuania today and begin the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in Latvia on June 30.

— by Seth Roberts

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