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June 18, 2009LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor will represent the U.S. as one of 12 players selected to the U19 World Championship team, USA Basketball announced Thursday.
The 12-man squad was named after three days of trials featuring 17 of the nation's top 19-and-under players competing in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I feel pretty good about making the team and I'm excited," Taylor said. "They let us know who made it by bringing all of us into a room and they read off the list of the guys who made it. I was fortunate enough to have my name read off."
The 12 players will remain in Colorado Springs through June 25 to continue training for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
"It has been tough," Taylor said of the last few days. "We have been having two-a-days and we have had to get up pretty early, but it has been good to get some good work in. Everyone has been playing really hard. The altitude is really hurting a lot of guys out here, but everyone is trying to play through it and the guys that made it deserved it."
Also selected to the team were: DeAngelo Casto (Washington State), Seth Curry (Duke), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Gordon Hayward (Butler), Shelvin Mack (Butler), Darius Miller (Kentucky), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP), John Shurna (Northwestern), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), Howard Thompkins (Georgia), Klay Thompson (Washington State) and Terrico White (Mississippi).
All 12 selected athletes recently completed their freshman year at a NCAA Division I school. Washington State, with Casto and Thompson, and Butler, with Hayward and Mack, are the only colleges with multiple players making the 12-man roster.
Kansas' Travis Releford was a member of the team that won a silver medal in the summer of 2008 at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Formosa, Argentina. Now his teammate gets a shot at gold.
"Travis was able to do this last year, and I am looking forward to representing Kansas this year," Taylor said. "I am sure everyone is proud of me back at home, and I am just thankful that I was able to get this opportunity."