A pair of Notre Dame guards will vie for the chance to represent the United States this summer. Fighting Irish basketball players Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant are included in a group of 29 college basketball players who have been invited to the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.
The training camp will take place June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA's Men's Junior National Team Committee, which issued the invitations on Monday, is headed by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.
Grant led the Irish with 13.3 points a game during the 2012-2013 season. He hit 34% (52-of-151) of his three-point tries while also converting on nearly 74% (101-of-137) of his free throw opportunities. The only Irish player to connect on a better free throw percentage was Cam Biedscheid, who shot nearly 82%, but also attempted just 44 foul shots during the season.
Atkins led the Irish by hitting 41% of his three-point shots (49-of-118) during last season's NCAA Tournament campaign. His 11.2 scoring average was the third best for an Irish player after Atkins and Jack Cooley's 13.1 average. Grant and Atkins were one-two in assists for the Irish with 5.9 and 5.0 a game, respectively last season.
The Irish duo will compete during the USA tryouts for the chance to represent the United States at the 2013 World University Games, which will be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Finalists for the team are to be announced by June 28 and then the final 12-member roster will be released before the team leaves for Russia on July 1.
Davidson's Bob McKillop is the head coach of the team this summer. His staff is comprised of Michigan's John Beilein, South Carolina's Frank Martin, Colorado's Tad Boyle, Grace College's Jim Kessler, and Elon's Matt Matheny.
The other players who have been invited to the training camp are: Markel Brown (Oklahoma State), Deonte Burton (Nevada), Quinn Cook (Duke), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Treveon Graham (VCU), P.J. Hairston (North Carolina), A.J. Hammons (Purdue), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Joe Harris (Virginia), Tyler Laws (BYU), Andre Hollins (Minnesota), Rodney Hood (Duke), Josh Huestis (Stanford), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Devyn Marble (Iowa), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Will Sheehey (Indiana), Aaron White (Iowa), and Kendall Williams (New Mexico).
The last Notre Dame player to represent the United States was Tim Abromaitis in 2011. He played on the World University Games team that placed fifth in China that summer.