June 16, 2011COLLEGE PAGE
The USA Basketball Under-19 World Championship training camp begins June 17 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the Bay Area is well represented.
St. Mary's Coach, Randy Bennett, has guided the Gaels to three NCAA Tournament appearances in 10 seasons at the helm, highlighted by a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010. His success and respect in the college basketball world have awarded him one of two assistant coaching positions with the U19 squad.
Bennett is joined by Jacksonville University's head coach, Cliff Warren, and the two will work under head coach, Paul Hewitt. Hewitt recently became the new coach at George Mason University after spending the past 11 seasons at Georgia Tech.
In addition to Bennett, Stanford's Anthony Brown, as well as Cal's Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon are three of the 20 players vying for spots on the 12-man roster.
In his freshman season for the Cardinal, Brown averaged 8.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and was a member of the PAC-10 All-Freshmen Team. Brown started 10 of 18 league games, averaging just under 27 minutes per game, and notched a career-high 21 points against Oregon State on January 29.
Crabbe was not only named PAC-10 Freshman of the Year, but was an All-PAC-10 Honorable Mention selection as well. He set a school record for 3-point field goals in a season by a freshman with 62, and scored a career-high 30 points in an OT win over Washington State on January 13.
Solomon appeared in all 33 games for the Bears, averaging 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. He recorded his first career double-double on December 28 vs. Hartford, with a 10-point, 10-rebound performance.
Crabbe and Solomon were teammates at Price High School in Los Angeles.
The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.
Check csnbayarea.com for updates from Colorado Springs.