Sunday June 16, 2013Frazier Named a Finalist for USA Basketball U19 World Championships Roster
Florida guard Michael Frazier advanced past the first roster cut down in the USA Basketball U19 World Championships training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Frazier was among the 16 finalists announced on Sunday when the roster was trimmed from 26. The team will announce its 12 roster spots before Wednesday, when the teamís training shifts to Washington, D.C.
"We had 26 really, really good players and all of the guys made the selection very, very difficult," said University of Florida and USA U19 head coach Billy Donovan.† "I think the things that stand out about this team are just the athleticism, the speed and quickness, the ability to defend and put pressure on people and offensive rebound.
"We still have to get down to 12 players and the challenge right now is to see how these 16 guys fit into what we're trying to do.† We'll learn a lot more in the next three practices. We'll see how well guys pick up certain things, how the chemistry is, the way they bond, the way they connect.
"I think the biggest thing is just our unity, us being connected, understanding what the goal is and them playing together, playing unselfishly. We have a lot of versatile players, guys that can move to different positions. I think we have a lot of size and strength on this team. I think we have guards that can defend and have good quickness and speed," added Donovan, who led the 2012 USA U18 Team to a 5-0 record, a FIBA Americas U18 gold medal finish and a qualifying berth for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
The team will depart Colorado Springs to train for three days at the Washington Wizardsí facility before heading overseas for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be held June 24-July 6 in Prague, Czech Republic.
For the full list of finalists, view USA Basketballís announcement.