Xavier All-American Tu Holloway Among The Invitees To 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Tryouts
June 8, 2011
CINCINNATI -- Xavier University senior guard Tu Holloway, a 2010-11 Associated Press Third Team All-American and the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, is one of 22 of the nation’s top collegiate athletes that have accepted 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. Holloway and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor are the only invitees named to one of the top three teams for 2011 AP All-American.
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.
“This is another great opportunity for Tu to test himself against the best players in college basketball,” said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. “The chance to compete for a spot to represent our nation on the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team makes this opportunity even more special. This experience should help Tu be better prepared for a great senior year at Xavier.”
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.
Two of the coaches of the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team are coaches for teams that Holloway and Xavier and will play in the 2011-12 season, Purdue and Butler. Purdue head coach Matt Painter is the head coach of the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Brad Stevens of Butler and Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee were named as assistant coaches.
In addition to his AP All-America honor, Holloway was also named Third Team All-American by Sporting News, Basketball Times, SI.com, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com. He was named to the All-America Team and Defensive All-America Team for collegeinsider.com. He was also an A-10 All-Defensive Team selection.
Holloway led Xavier in scoring at 19.7 ppg. (second in the Atlantic 10), assists at 5.4 apg. (first in the A-10) and free throw percentage (second in A-10 at .870). Holloway, who will enter his senior year ranked 26th on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,238 career points, recorded two triple-doubles this season and just missed by one rebound of recording a third one.