August 2, 2010

Shelvin Mack Earns Additional USA Basketball Berth

An already busy summer just got a little busier for Butler junior guard Shelvin Mack.  The 6-3 backcourt ace was one of ten members of the USA Select Team chosen to participate in a second training session against the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team in New York, August 10-13.

Named to the 2010 USA Basketball Select squad that will participate in New York were Mack, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Jon Leuer of Wisconsin, Kyle Singler of Duke, Chris Singleton of Florida State, Nolan Smith of Duke, Howard Thompkins of Georgia, Mike Tisdale of Illinois, Kemba Walker of Connecticut and Chris Wright of Dayton.  The ten were among 20 collegiate players who competed against the national team in an earlier training session in Las Vegas, July 19-24.

“Shelvin has had great opportunities this summer,” said Butler head coach Brad Stevens.  “We’re really happy for Shelvin and proud of the way he represents Butler on and off the court.”

The 10-member USA Select Team will gather in New York on August 9, and begin training against the USA World Championship Team on August 10 at John Jay College.  Additional training sessions will be held on August 11 at John Jay College, on August 12 at a site to be determined and on August 13 at the New York Knicks practice facility.

“One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team, which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team,” said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.  “Lorenzo Romar and Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select team players in Las Vegas.  It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing.  They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them.”

Mack is one of six members of the USA Select Team boasting prior USA Basketball experience.  He was a member of the 2009 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that finished 9-0 in New Zealand to claim the gold medal.  Thompkins also played on the 2009 U19 team, while Singler and Smith were teammates on the 2006 USA U18 team that captured a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.  Walker was a member of the 2008 USA FIBA Americas U18 Championship Team that collected a silver medal, while Johnson picked up USA Basketball experience at the 2009 USA Basketball Trials.

In addition to his training sessions with USA Basketball, Mack’s summer has included time at the LeBron James Camp in Akron, Ohio, and at the Deron Williams Camp in Chicago, Ill., in addition to summer school at Butler and summer league play in Indianapolis.