Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Martin, Szczerbiak picked for U.S. team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Former University of Cincinnati star Kenyon Martin and former Miami University standout Wally Szczerbiak were among 12 players named to the 2001 USA Basketball Goodwill Games team.
The U.S. team, which will compete Sept. 3-9 in Brisbane, Australia, is composed of NBA players who were either drafted in 1999 or 2000, or who are 22 or younger.
Martin was the No.1 overall draft pick by the New Jersey Nets last June and was recently named to the NBA All-Rookie team. Szczerbiak was selected sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1999.
Also on the squad: NBA rookie of the year Mike Miller (Orlando), college player of the year Shane Battier (Duke), Marc Jackson (Golden State), Baron Davis (Charlotte), Rashard Lewis (Seattle), Mark Madsen (L.A. Lakers), Shawn Marion (Phoenix), Andre Miller (Cleveland), Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana) and Jason Terry (Atlanta).
Minnesota's Flip Saunders will coach the U.S. team, while Orlando coach Doc Rivers, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and the University of Dayton's Oliver Purnell will be assistant coaches.
The United States is the reigning Goodwill Games champion, having won the gold medal in 1998 in New York with a 93-85 overtime victory over Australia. All four of the Americans' previous Goodwill Games teams were comprised of college players.
We have provided for a team with great athletic ability as well as depth and versatility at every position, said Stu Jackson, the chairman of USA Basketball's senior men's national team committee. All of the players have a very bright NBA future and they will benefit from the international basketball experience gained at the Goodwill Games.
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