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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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PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.