The presence of a Butler men's basketball player representing the U.S. in international play is becoming a summertime ritual.
For the third time in three years, a Bulldog player has been named to participate in the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp.
Butler sophomore Khyle Marshall is one of 21 players who will compete for a spot on the 12-member team that will represent the U.S. at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.
“It's a great honor and opportunity for Khyle to be invited to try out for the U19 team,” Butler head coach Brad Stevens said in a release. “We are excited for him.”
Marshall follows former Butler players Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack as players who took part in the training camp.
Both Hayward and Mack made the squad and helped the U.S. to its first gold medal since 1991 at the World Championships.
Marshall played in all 38 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman this past season. The 6-foot-7 forward was Butler's leading scorer (5.8) and rebounder (3.8) off the bench, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field.
He came off the bench and led the Bulldogs in rebounding in NCAA Tournament wins over Pittsburgh (6) and VCU (9), and he ended up as Butler's third-leading rebounder during the six-game NCAA Tournament run.
Marshall will participate in four training sessions at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Team training will be June 19-23.
The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship will be held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.
Stevens also will represent the U.S. this summer. He will serve as assistant coach for the USA men's team at the World University Games in China.