UF's Young a finalist for Team USA; Wilbekin out


Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.

Florida rising sophomore center Patric Young was selected as one of 13 finalists for the Team USA men's basketball 19-under roster.

Young was picked during Team USA tryouts over the weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Florida rising sophomore guard Scottie Wilbekin also was invited to tryouts, but did not make the team.

Coach Paul Hewitt still has one more cut to make before Team USA leaves for Latvia to compete in the FIBA 19-under world championships from June 30-July 10.




Coach Paul Hewitt still has one more cut to make before Team USA leaves for Latvia to compete in the FIBA 19-under world championships from June 30-July 10.

Hewitt said his selections were based as much on defensive ability as offensive ability. Young fits the bill. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Young was Florida's best post defender last season and finished with a team-high 31 blocked shots in limited minutes.

"I think our inside players are tremendous," Hewitt said. "We have some good balance and some guys that can shoot the basketball. Obviously, it was a hard decision to come down to 13, and we still have to make one more decision before we go overseas."

 Young said on his Twitter account Sunday that he has made the team. According to a source close to Team USA, the final cut will come down to Michigan State guard Keith Appling and Villanova guard James Bell.

 Young competed on the Team USA 18-under team that won the gold medal at the Pan American championships last July.

 Young will continue to work out in Colorado Springs until Team USA leaves for Latvia on Friday.

"The focus from here has got to be on defense," Hewitt said. "I don't think that we can be a team that's going to have the most continuity, so we have to be a really good defensive team and capitalize on our ability to get stops in transition."

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