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Historic week keeps getting better for Indiana basketball

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Two Hoosiers named to USA squad for upcoming event

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Not that it is needed by him, but now just might be a good time for Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean to purchase a lottery ticket. An historical week, for a program filed with such, continued to get better for the Hoosier program on Saturday.

Two days after former Indiana players Victor Oladipo (No. 2, Orlando Magic) and Cody Zeller (No. 4, Charlotte Bobcats) were selected high in the 2013 NBA Draft, a pair of current Indiana players were honored by USA Basketball.

Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell and senior forward Will Sheehey were named to the 12-man USA team that will compete next month in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

"Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that's one of the great strengths we have," USA coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College) said.

The two Hoosiers were selected from a pool of 26 players following a five-day training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The camp will continue through today and the team departs for Russia on Monday.

Joining Ferrell and Sheehey will be Spencer Dinwiddie(Colorado), Trevon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth), Luke Hancock(Louisville), Tyler Haws (BYU), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Doug McDermott(Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), and Aaron White (Iowa).

"I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we've got guys who want to be teammates,” McKillop said. “Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team."

Eleven of these chosen players took home end of the year conference honors, including McDermott, who was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and an all-conference first-team selection.

Additionally, Kirk listed on the Mountain West Conference All-Defensive team, Ferrell was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team, and Sheehey earned Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

The squad will practice in Kazan Wednesday through Saturday, which will include scrimmages on Thursday against Russian basketball club UNICS and Friday against the Russia World University Games Team before beginning competition on July 7.

The USA has drawn preliminary round Group C for the 2013 World University Games men's basketball competition, along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates.

The USA will take on UAE on July 7, followed by Czech Republic on July 8, Sweden on July 10; Australia on July 11; and Canada on July 12.

Following the preliminary round, the first and second-placed teams in each of the four pools will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 14 to compete for first through eighth places. The remaining teams will play out for ninth to 24th places.

The semifinals will be played on July 15, and the finals will be contested on July 16.

The players were selected by the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, which was chaired by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), and also included McKillop, Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U20 National Team.