Marble, White to Attend World University Games Training Camp
June 3, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior Roy Devyn Marble and junior Aaron White are two of 29 of the nation's top collegians that will attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp.
The training camp, which will be held June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the squad that will represent the USA in Kasan, Russia, on July 6-17.
"The committee has assembled one of the strongest World University Games training camp rosters USA Basketball has ever had," said Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse University and chair of the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee. "It includes some of the top players in college basketball, several of whom have international experience. Selecting the players for the final roster is going to be a real challenge."
Marble (6-foot-6, 194) earned third team All-Big Ten, NIT All-Tournament and Cancun Challenge All-Tournament laurels this past season. The team co-captain became the first Hawkeye to amass 1,100+ points, 350+ rebounds and 275+ assists as a junior. Marble was the team's leading scorer (15.0) and also paced the team in assists (3.0), free throw percentage (.810), and 3-pointers (49-of-150). The native of Southfield, Mich., averaged 20.6 points, 2.4 steals and four rebounds in five NIT games. Marble was one of only three Big Ten players (Michigan's Trey Burke and D.J. Newbill of Penn State) to average 15 points and three assists this year.
"I'm honored and excited to have this opportunity," said Marble. "To be able to play alongside some of the country's best young players will be fun and challenging. Having Aaron (White) there too will be a great experience."
White (6-8, 218) was recognized on the All-Big Ten third team and Cancun Challenge All-Tournament squad. The Strongsville, Ohio, native ranked first in team rebounding (6.2), to become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in rebounding as a freshman and sophomore since Michael Payne in 1981-82. White started 38 games, sharing the school record for most starts in a season. He ranked second on the team in scoring (12.8) and steals (41). White made (193) and attempted (258) the most free throws of any sophomore in school history. White finished his sophomore campaign with 877 career points, 123 shy of 1,000.
"I'm excited about going to the training camp," said White. "This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for me and Devyn. We're going to work hard, play our game, and hopefully get selected to represent the U.S. overseas next month."
Davidson College's Bob McKillop will lead the USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina's Frank Martin. Additionally, Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado, Jim Kessler of Grace College (NAIA) and Matt Matheny from Elon University were tabbed as court coaches for training camp.
The 30 players represent 23 schools and feature teammates from Duke (Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood), Indiana (Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehy), Iowa (Marble and White), New Mexico (Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams), Notre Dame (Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant) and Stanford (Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle).
The Big East has six schools with players expected to compete at training camp; five schools from the Big Ten list on the roster; the Atlantic Coast is represented by three schools; the Big 12, Mountain West and Pac-12 each feature two schools participating in training camp; and represented by one school apiece are the Atlantic-10, Missouri Valley and West Coast conferences.
World University Games The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men's squad has competed. The USA men own a stellar 138-9 record in WUGs play, and the U.S. captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in the WUGs basketball competition, including six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Bateer and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the WUGs have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen (1995), Stacey Augmon (1989), Charles Barkley (1983), Larry Bird (1977), Bill Bradley (1965), Quinn Buckner (1973), Tom Burleson (1973), Ken Davis (1970), Tim Duncan (1995), Phil Hubbard (1977), Allen Iverson (1995), Mitch Kupchak (1973), Karl Malone (1983), Michael Redd (1999), Mitch Richmond (1987), Michael Silliman (1967), Steve Smith (1989) and Jo Jo White (1967).
2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp Roster