U.S. finalizes University Games roster

The roster consists of Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis, Missouri guard Marcus Denmon, Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs, Michigan State forward Draymond Green, Alabama forwardJaMychal Green, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine, Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, UC Santa Barbara guard Orlando Johnson, Yale forward Greg Mangano, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe, Detroit guard Ray McCallum, and Kentucky guard Darius Miller

West Virginia center Aaric Murray and UConn guard Shabazz Napier were the last two  players cut Wednesday after six days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I think your strengths are going to come out in competition, and we have some very good players,” said USA and Purdue coach Matt Painter. “I think we have some good point-guard play, some good, athletic wings that can shoot the basketball and then we have some good interior strength. So, I think we have balance.

“We do have some interchangeable parts, some guys at the three and four positions that can swing either way. We can play smaller and we can play bigger. It will depend on who we are playing against. I do think we can play a couple of different ways, and that’s always a positive.”

Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler are serving as assistant coaches.

The team will depart for China on Aug. 8, play an exhibition contest Aug. 11 against New Century, a Chinese professional team, before opening World University Games play on Aug. 13.


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