Colorado Springs, Colo. - Butler men's basketball players Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack were both named to the United States U-19 National Team that will compete at the FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand from July 2-12. The U.S.A. Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee made the announcement on Thursday (June 18) afternoon.
Hayward and Mack join 10 other collegiate players who made the cut from the 17 that participated in the team trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
"Everyone here is thrilled for Gordon and Shelvin and are looking forward to seeing two Bulldogs wearing ‘U.S.A.' across their chests in the U-19 World Championships," Butler head coach Brad Stevens said.
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon will oversee a squad that - in addition to Hayward and Mack - will include DeAngelo Casto (Washington State), Seth Curry (Duke), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Darius Miller (Kentucky), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP), John Shurna (Northwestern), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), Howard Thompkins (Georgia), Klay Thompson (Washington State) and Terrico White (Ole Miss).
The United States will be one of 16 countries to compete in the 2009 FIBA U-19 Men's World Championship. Joining the U.S. in Group B will be teams from Egypt, France and Iran. Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico will make up Group A, Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria are in Group C and Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and host New Zealand make up Group D.
The U.S. will play Iran on July 2, France on July 3 and Egypt on July 4. The second round will be played July 6-8 with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship slated for July 10-12.