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Monday June 17, 2013 Red, White (Orange) and Blue -- Part 1

Updated: 1:51pm, June 17

USA logoFirst of occasional dispatches from USA Basketball U19

Who: Gators representing their country include Billy Donovan (head coach), Michael Frazier II (guard and tryout invitee) Mark Daigneault (assistant to the head coach), David “Duke” Werner (trainer) and Billy Donovan (the coach's son and current Gators player who transferred from Catholic University and is working as USA manager). 
When: Sunday night
Where: Colorado Springs, Colo.
What: FIBA U19 World Championship tryouts 

>>> The cast of coaches here this weekend was impressive. Buzz Williams (Marquette), Ed Cooley (Providence) and Tim Ryan (College of Central Florida) worked as court coaches, meaning they coached the 26 players during tryouts. The selection committee (which recommends which players to keep and cut) was comprised of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, Purdue’s Matt Painter and former Villanova standout Curtis Sumpter. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski checked in for the first two days. That crew, plus the team staff of UF coach Billy Donovan, VCU’s Shaka Smart and Virginia’s Tony Bennett, made for quite the think tank.

Frazier>>> We had four different tryout sessions; one Friday night, two Saturday and one Sunday morning. The roster was cut from 26 to 16, with four more cuts required by Monday night to get the team down to 12.

>>> Mike Frazier (left) survived the first cut. He played well, but not great. He has a chance to make the final roster based on his 3-point shooting, which definitely is needed in international play, plus his familiarity with Donovan's system. Frazier made 52 of his 111 shots from 3-point range last year for a 46.8 shooting percentage. That’s the best among players here trying out.

>>> With the roster reduced for Sunday night’s practice, the coaching staff began rolling out offensive concepts and defensive fundamentals. Things can't get too complicated with barely a week to prepare for pool play.

>>> Tom Williams, the men’s basketball rep and academic advisor from UF’s Office of Student Life, attended the practice. So did Coach Donovan’s younger son Bryan.


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