Florida Gators' center Patric Young a finalist for USA Basketball team
Patric Young, Florida's sophomore center, is one of 13 finalists for the 12-man USA Basketball U19 World Championships roster. The selections, which were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, came after three days and four training sessions at the USA U19 Team training camp that began this past Friday.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan served as a court coach during the initial sessions of the training camp.
Training camp for the selected finalists continues through Thursday, June 23, with the official 12-member USA U19 roster being announced prior to the team’s departure for Europe on June 24. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia. The USA squad will attempt to defend the gold medal it won in 2009.
Young is one of five finalists who has prior USA Basketball experience, and one of two players from the 2010 USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The other is Tony Mitchell of North Texas.
Florida sophomore Scottie Wilbekin did not make the first cut.
“I think our inside players are tremendous,” head coach Paul Hewitt said. “We have some good balance and some guys that can shoot the basketball. Obviously, it was a hard decision to come down to 13, and we still have to make one more decision before we go overseas. The focus from here has got to be on defense. I don’t think that we can be a team that’s going to have the most continuity, so we have to be a really good defensive team and capitalize on our ability to get stops in transition.”