Butler forward Gordon Hayward, who helped the Bulldogs to one of the best basketball campaigns in school history, has been invited to participate in the 2009 USA U19 National Team Trials, which will be held June 16-18 at the U. S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He's one of 17 basketball players, 19-and-under, competing for 12 spots on the national team. The trials' invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. The 17 players included 15 student-athletes who recently completed their freshman season at NCAA Division I schools, plus two who just finished high school.
Four of the invited players are returning USA Basketball veterans. Connecticut's Kemba Walker was named MVP of the 2008 FIBA Americas Championship that qualified the U.S. for this year's World Championship, while Villanova's Dominic Cheek was a member of the 2008 U. S. squad. Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest and Drew Gordon of UCLA played together on the 2007 Youth Developmental Festival Red Team and the 2008 USA Junior Select Team.
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Story courtesy of Butler Sports Information Office