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Sixteen players remain at World University Games training camp

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USA Basketball announced the 16 players who remain in contention for the 12 roster spots on this summer’s World University Games team, with standouts such as Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick on the list.

The training camp will conclude on June 30, with USA Basketball announcing the 12-player roster shortly thereafter. The World University Games begin on July 7, taking place in Kazan, Russia.

“The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down,” chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee Jim Boeheim said in the release.

“Usually, it’s pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.”

The 16 players who remain are:

G Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
G Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.)
F/C Davante Gardner (Marquette/Suffolk, Va.)
G Treveon Graham (VCU/Temple Hills, Md.)
G Jerian Grant (Notre Dame/Bowie, Md.)
G/F Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.)
G Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah)
F Rodney Hood (Duke/Meridian, Miss.)
F/C Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas)
G Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.)
C Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.)
F Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa)
F Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio)
G Chasson Randle (Stanford/Rock Island, Ill.)
F Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.)
F Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio)

The United States begins World University Games play against the United Arab Emirates on July 7, and the other teams in Group C are Australia, Canada, Czech Republic and Sweden.

Davidson head coach Bob McKillop is the head coach for the United States, and he’ll be assisted by Michigan’s John Beilein and South Carolina’s Frank Martin.

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Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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