Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Kilpatrick named to Team USA for World University Games
Several other Ohio, Ind. and Ky. players
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
9:42 PM, Jun 29, 2013
10:38 PM, Jun 29, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick will represent his country on an international stage.
It was announced Saturday that Kilpatrick and 11 other college players will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming men's World University Games tournament.
Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 17 points per game during the 2012-2013 season, helping Cincinnati to a 22-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
While he made slightly less than 40 percent of shots during the season, the Second-Team All-Big East performer finished in double-digits in 31 of 34 games, led the team in minutes per game and pulled down more than five rebounds per contest.
Kilpatrick was one of 26 players who made their way to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 24 to compete for a spot on the roster. After five days of training, the 6-foot-4 junior was picked by USA coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College) and his staff to represent his country against the world.
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and Louisville swingman Luke Hancock, Indiana guard Will Sheehey and fellow Hoosier Yogi Ferrell were also named to the team.
Also making the cut were Ohio natives Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton) and Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville).
The rest of the roster includes Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, Treveon Graham from VCU , Brigham Young standout Tyler Haws , Cory Jefferson from Baylor , New Mexico's Alex Kirk and Doug McDermott from Creighton .
McDermott was instrumental in leading the Bluejays past the Bearcats in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
"Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that's one of the great strengths we have," said McKillop, commenting on the strong suits of his team. "I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we've got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team."
Joining McKillop on the bench are Michigan coach John Beilein and South Carolina coach Frank Martin, a former assistant on the UC coaching staff.
The team will continue its training camp until Monday before departing for Russia, the host country for the tournament, the following day.
The World University Games will go from July 7 through July 16.
The U.S. will open up the tournament against the United Arab Emirates.