May 22, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Three current or future University of Arizona men's basketball players will attend the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team training camp, the organization announced today.
Brandon Ashley, Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are among the 24 players invited to the camp by USA Basketball, which will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists will be announced after the morning session practice on June 16 with the official 12-man roster announced on June 18.
Ashley, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from San Francisco, Calif., averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 35 appearances (21 starts) as a freshman in 2012-13. He shot 52.5 percent from the field (93-of-177), scored in double figures 13 times and tied for the team lead with a pair of double-doubles.
Gordon, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from San Jose, Calif., averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.1 blocked shots per game as a senior this year for Archbishop Mitty High School. He appeared in both the McDonald's High School All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, helping his West squad to wins in both contests. Gordon was named Most Valuable Player of the April 3 McDonald's game, tallying 24 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
Hollis-Jefferson, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Chester, Pa., averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior at Chester High School, to help his team to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 4A title game.
Hollis-Jefferson has previous USA Basketball experience, serving as a member of the 2012 U17 World Championships in Lithuania, but did not compete due to injury. He was also a member of the USA Basketball 3-of-3 FIBA Boys Youth World Championship squad that finished in seventh place in 2011.
Those 12 players selected by head coach Billy Donovan will represent the United States at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, which is slated for June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Arizona's three representatives are the most for any one institution at these trials.