COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Representing your country is an honor that only a distinguished group of athletes ever get the chance to do.
Rising senior Bradford Burgess will get that chance as he was among 22 of the nation's top collegiate athletes to accept invitations from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.
"I'm humbled and blessed to get this opportunity to be among some of the country's best players and coaches," Burgess said. "I'm just going to go out there and give it everything I have and hope for the best."
The training camp, which will be held July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men's basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.
The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University), is expected on July 31 to announce finalists for the 2011 USA World University Games Team.
Training camp will continue July 31-Aug. 7 at the USOTC, with the official roster being announced prior to the teams' departure for China on Aug. 8.
"After a lot of thought and consideration of potential players, the committee has put together a very strong roster for the USA Men's World University Games Team training camp," said Boeheim. "As always, the committee will be looking for not only the most talented players, but also players that will work well as a team."
Purdue University head coach Matt Painter has been selected as head coach of the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Cuonzo Martin of the University of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler University were named as assistant coaches.
Burgess, a Midlothian, Va. native, has started every game since arriving at VCU in the fall of 2008. He has already played in 110 games, racking up 1,200 points, 554 rebounds, 150 three-pointers and 154 assists.
This past season, he posted career highs in points (14.3 ppg), rebound (6.3 rpg), field goal percentage (48.7%) and three-point field-goal percentage (43.4%).
During the Rams' improbable run to the Final Four, Burgess averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while knocking down 17 three-pointers in six games.