Stanford's Brown a finalist for USA Men's U19 basketball team


Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown's summer perhaps just got a little busier after he was one of 13 players named as finalists for the 2011 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team.

The selections, which were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee on Sunday, came after three days and four training sessions at the USA U19 Team training camp that got underway Friday.

The USA squad will look to defend the gold medal won in 2009 at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship that runs June 30-July 10 in Latvia.

Joining Brown on the U19 team will be Keith Appling (Michigan State), James Bell (Villanova), Jahii Carson (Arizona St.), 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) and Patric Young (Florida).

George Mason University mentor Paul Hewitt is head coach of the USA U19 World Championship Team, and is being assisted by collegiate head coaches Randy Bennett of St. Mary's (Moraga) and Cliff Warren of Jacksonville.

"I think our inside players are tremendous," Hewitt said. "We have some good balance and some guys that can shoot the basketball. Obviously, it was a hard decision to come down to 13, and we still have to make one more decision before we go overseas.

"The focus from here has got to be on defense. I don't think that we can be a team that's going to have the most continuity, so we have to be a really good defensive team and capitalize on our ability to get stops in transition."

Training camp for the selected finalists continues through Thursday, with the official 12-member USA U19 roster being announced prior to the team's departure for Europe on Friday. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.

Five of the finalists possess prior USA Basketball experience including two players from the 2010 USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Included among the finalists are 12 student-athletes who attended a NCAA Division I school in 2010-11 and one (Carson) player who completed his high school career this year.

Brown was among six athletes listed among their NCAA conference all-freshman squads following the 2010-11 season.

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