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Saturday, July 23, 2005
 
USA Basketball Update
Tryouts for the USA under-21 team are currently taking place in Dallas. The 20 invited players started two-a-day practices on Thursday, and those go through today. The roster will be narrowed down to the final 12 players this weekend, and that team will compete in the World Championships in Argentina in early August. Andy Katz and Luke Winn have updates on the competition; Katz profiles LSU's 300+ lb Glen Davis here, which includes this great exchange-

"I play my best at 285," Davis said.
This begs the question: When was Davis 285?
"Never," Davis said with a laugh.
The roster of players at the tryouts can be found here. The USA Basketball site has interviews with Nevada's Nick Fazekas as well as Oregon's Aaron Brooks, Duke's J.J. Redick, Wake Forest's Justin Gray, and Charlotte's Curtis Withers.

This tryout is indirectly related to Iowa basketball because the eight players who don't make the cut for the U-21 team are invited to tryout for the USA World University Games team. As you probably know, Iowa's Greg Brunner and Jeff Horner will both be attending that tryout, which will be held July 28 - August 4 in Colorado Springs. Check the roster for the other players invited to the World University Games tryout.
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