Tim Hardaway Jr. Makes USA U19 World Championship Team

hardaway_tim_2011[1]USA Basketball announced today that Tim Hardaway Jr. made the cut for 2011 USA U19 World Championship team. That means that Hardaway will spend the next three weeks training in Colorado and traveling to Europe to participate in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Hardaway participated in four try-out sessions over the last three days and survived the cut from 20 down to 13. Team workouts in Colorado will continue throughout the week, and there will be one more cut (Jeff Goodman reports this is down to Keith Appling or James Bell) before the team leaves for Europe on Friday. The first stop will be in Lithuania where Team USA will practice and scrimmage against the Lithuanian U19 and U20 National Teams. From there, the team will travel to Latvia for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships which will run from June 30th through July 10th.

The USA youth program has been very successful in recent years and several college stars have improved after participating. The 2009 team featured players like Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Klay Thompson and Ashton Gibbs, all of whom had good freshmen seasons before elevating their games to another level after returning.

Two other Big Ten players made the cut, Keith Appling and Meyers Leonard, while Iowa sophomore Melsahn Basabe wasn’t so fortunate. Find the full Team USA U-19 Roster and a collection of links to further reading material after the jump. (Photo: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

Team USA U19 Roster [link]

  • Keith Appling – Michigan State
  • James Bell – Villanova
  • Anthony Brown – Stanford
  • Jahii Carson – Arizona State
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. – Michigan
  • Joe Jackson – Memphis
  • Jeremy Lamb – Connecticut
  • Meyers Leonard – Illinois
  • Khyle Marshall – Butler
  • Javon McCrea – Buffalo
  • Doug McDermott – Creighton
  • Tony Mitchell – North Texas
  • Patric Young – Florida

Further reading:

  • Bbuck5

    wow ,this is what he need to do to come back and lead the team this yr.Go Timmy jr and bring back the gold .GO BLUE!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I had a feeling he’d make it.  I think he and Lamb will be the leaders of that squad.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Timmy!

    Also congrats to Meyers Leonard. Gotta root for those small town Illinois boys too.

  • Paul

    Outstanding.  This may also help with recruiting as Michigan continues to get their name out there in bball 

  • mitch

    Not a very impressive roster.  Im glad he mad it though.

  • http://1991onehundred.tumblr.com/ MattM

    Think about how a year ago people were railing on Beilein and talking about how he needed to go and just one year later he had his team one possession away from the Sweet 16, turned his point guard into the most improved player in the land, on his way to being a first round draft pick and has one of his “3-star” recruits representing the country with USA Basketball.

    • Dgray11

      Yeah, anytime you can pull a player like Mark Donal when Duke was beginning to show some interest, I would say you are starting to get kids to notice that your program is about to “Blue” up and they want to be a part of this new era.  There is no doubt that Mark Donal will become a Top 50-75 player before it is all said and done.  If Matt Costello who was also an unknown on the National scene his sophomore year rose to  #34 in the ESPN ranking. Then Mark Donal will also. He has equal or more the skill set of Costello. Besides, when Duke come knocking, you know you must have some upside. The more Michigan succeeds, the more the top players will want to be a wolverine.  What kid does not get excited when they see Michigan players raining 3’s on the big stage.  If Michigan goes to Maui and shock the world, don’t be surprise if another
      4 or 5 star player pledge to be a Wolverine.

  • EvanGordon

    glad hardaway made it, he is gonna be a much improved player after this. hope they cut appling haha

    • redman

      i hope they keep appling.but hardaway will lead usa to that gold medal.but i aint hoping appling gets cut.hes a beast.ive seen him kill people for years.im true blue all day.but appling got game.you go see this year

  • Professional Athletes David

    Yeah! this is a good news for Tim. He needs this new leap in his career. Go Timmy! We know you can make it.

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