The Big East will have two representatives at the USA Basketball’s 2013 Men’s U19 World Championship training camp – both will be competing for the reigns of the ball handling duty on the squad.
Ryan Arcidiacono, point guard at Villanova, and Kris Dunn, guard at Providence, have been invited to attend the training camp to be held June 14-19 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Arcidiacono started all 34 games for Villanova as a freshman last year and lead the team in minutes played with 34.0 per game. He was a top recruit in the 2012 class, but back surgery his senior year of high school raised some red flags. Fortunately, Arcidiacono quickly recovered and even more quickly acclimated himself to the college game. It was expected to be a rebuilding year for the Wildcats in 2012-13, but the immediate success of Arcidiacono helped Villanova earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to North Carolina. Arcidiacono averaged 11.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game during his freshman season.
Dunn, like Arcidiacono, was also a top recruit, and also like Arcidiacono, was also injured before he got to college. Dunn suffered a shoulder injury in the spring of 2012 which required surgery in the early part of the summer. He was able to make his Friar debut in late December after missing the first nine games. Providence, unlike Villanova, had high expectations for the 2012-13 season due to some key incoming recruits, but injuries and personnel issues derailed those chances. However, the Friars did reach the quarterfinals of the NIT. With Vincent Council, a senior, handling the point guard duties, Dunn was forced to play off the ball, but that shouldn’t be the case this upcoming season with Council now gone. Dunn averaged 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his freshman year.
Arcidiacono and Dunn are two of 24 players who have been invited to attend the tryout – only 12 players will be selected for the team. The entire training camp roster along with the staff can be found here.
The U19 World Championship Team will be coached by Florida Gators’ head coach Billy Donovan, with VCU’s Shaka Smart and Virginia’s Tony Bennett as his assistants. In addition, two Big East head coaches, Ed Cooley of Providence and Buzz Williams of Marquette, will be ‘court coaches’.
The 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championship for Men will take place from June 27 – July 7, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. There will be 16 teams taking part in the competition and they will be broken up into four groups – Group A: Canada, Croatia, South Korea, Spain; Group B: Argentina, Czech Republic, Iran, Lithuania; Group C: Australia, Brazil, Senegal, Serbia; Group D: China, Cote d’lvoire, Russia, USA.
The championship is held every other year. The USA holds a 69-13 overall record at the event and finished in fifth place in 2011.