This Friday in Colorado Springs, tryouts will commence for Team USA’s U19 squad. Twenty-six high school and college players have been invited to compete for twelve spots in the hopes of playing for the national team in Prague later this month. The Big East will be represented at the U19 training camp, both on the court and on the sideline. Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova) and Kris Dunn (Providence) are rising sophomores who will be vying for a spot on the team, while head coaches Ed Cooley (Providence) and Buzz Williams (Marquette) will serve as court coaches during the tryouts.
Arcidiacono is coming off a stellar freshman season, averaging close to 12 points (and over 12 points in conference play) and 3.5 assists per game. In addition to that, he’s cemented his place in Villanova lore with a last second three point shot in the final conference game against Syracuse, a game the Wildcats would eventually win in overtime:
The product of Langhorne, PA is expected to contribute major points this season as well.
When Kris Dunn committed to Providence, he was regarding by many recruiting services as the best PG of the class of 2012. However, a torn labrum shelved the guard for the first nine games of the season. He finally found his groove towards the end of the season, culminating with a terrific performance against Charlotte in the first round of the NIT. In that game he scored a season-high 14 points with 9 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals. Dunn’s a lightning-quick player who is due for a breakout season in the new conference.
We’ve spoken at length about Buzz Williams on this site before. Both he and Cooley will round out U19 head coach Billy Donovan’s coaching staff while in Colorado Springs. The two coaches should gain valuable experience while with the other members of the staff, which includes assistants Tony Bennett (Virginia) & Shaka Smart (VCU) as well as fellow court coach Tim Ryan (College of Central Florida).
Final cuts will be announced this Sunday; we’ll see if either Big East guard will take his game overseas this summer for the U19 national team.