July 21, 1997
Three Boilermakers Selected for Under-22 USA Basketball Team
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Three Purdue University (Ind.) players - Chad Austin (Purdue, Richmond, Ind.), Brian Cardinal (Purdue, Tolono, Ill.), and Brad Miller (Purdue, Kendalville, Ind.) - and one member of last summer's USA 22 and Under World Championship Qualifying Team Cory Carr (Texas Tech, Fordyee, Ark.), highlight USA Basketball's official 12-member 1997 Men's 22 and Under World Championship Team that was announced today after 13 days of training. Finalists who did not make the 22 and Under World Championship team have been invited to tryout later in August for the USA World University Games Team.
"Out of the 66 candidates that were invited to tryout for this team, being selected to this 12-man team is quite an accomplishment," said USA and University of Utah head mentor Rick Majerus. "It's been certainly gratifying to see the effort they have all put forth and the unselfish play has been nothing less than exemplary.
"We look forward to repesenting the United States at the toughest of competitions, realizing that we have a bulls-eye on our backs."
Named as members of the USA 22 and Under World Championship Team were: Austin; Corey Brewer (Oklahoma, West Memphis, Ark.); Cardinal; Carr; Mike Doleac (Utah, Portland, Ore.); Evan Esohmeyer (Northwestern, New Knoxville, Ohio); Pat Garrity (Notre Dame, Monument, Colo.); Sam Jacobson (Minnesota, Cottage Grove, Minn.); Mike Jones (Texas Christian, Oklahoma City, Okla.); Tyrone Lue (Nebraska, Mexico, Mo.); Miller and Andrae Patterson (Indiana, Abilene, Texas).
Training camp for the 15 finalists for the USA 22 and Under World Championship Team opened July 8 at Southern California College in Newport Beach, Calif. and will conclude July 21. During its training, he USA squad compiled a 4-2 record while playing in the FILA Summer Pro League at Long Beach State University (Calif.). The USA team is scheduled to leave for Sydney, Australia on July 21 and will play the Austrailian 22 and Under Team in an exibition game on July 25 that will serve as the preliminary game to Austrailia's annual N.L. (National Basketball League) All-Star Game.
Held on a four-year cycle and featuring players 22 years of age and younger, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 22 and Under World Championships will be held August 1-10 in Melbourne, Austrailia and will feature a 12-nation field. The United States opens play August 1 against Ygoslavia, then plays New Zealand on August 2, China on August3, Puerto Rico on August 5 and concludes preliminary round action on August 6 against Lithuania. Quarterfinals play takes place August 8, with semifinals and finals action set for August 9 and 10. In the inaugural FIBA Men's 22 and Under World Championship held in 1993, the U.S. captured the gold medal, compliling an 8-0 record and defeating France, 87-73, in the gold medal game.
1997 USA Men's 22 and Under World Championship Team Name Pos Ht. Wt. YOG School/Hometown Chad Austin G 6-2 200 1998 Purdue/Richmond, Ind. Corey Brewer G 6-2 190 1998 Oklahoma/West Memphis, Ark. Brian Cardinal F 6-8 230 2000 Purdue/Tolono, Ill. Corey Carr G 6-4 200 1998 Texas Tech/Fordyee, Ark. Mike Doleac C 6-11 269 1998 Utah/Portland, Ore. Evan Esohmeyer C 6-11 240 1998 Northwestern/New Knoxville, Ohio Pat Garrity F 6-9 225 1998 Notre Dame/Monument, Colo. Sam Jacobson F 6-6 210 1998 Minnesota/Cottage Grove, minn. Mike Jones G 6-3 210 1998 Texas Christian/Oklahoma City, Okla. Tyrone Lue G 6-0 170 1999 Nebraska, Mexico, Mo. Brad Miller C 6-11 240 1998 Purdue, Kendalville, Ind. Andrae Patterson F 6-8 235 1998 Indiana/Abilene, Texas Head Coach: Rick Majerus (University of Utah) Assistant Coach: Jim Crews (University of Evansville) Assistant Coach: Lorenzo Lomar (Pepperdine University) Team Physician: Larry Magee (University of Kansas) Athletic Trainer: Ron Leham (University of Massachusetts)