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NL's Dunn invited to try out of USA Basketball U19 team

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: The Day

Published May 23. 2013 4:00AM

For the second straight year, Kris Dunn has earned an invitation to try out for a USA World Championship basketball team.

He hopes his experience ends on a happier note this time. Last summer a shoulder injury prevented the former New London High School All-American from completing training camp with the U18 World Championship team.

"I stayed about three days," Dunn said Wednesday. "It was frustrating. My shoulder kept popping out almost every other play. I tried my hardest to stay there to do the best that I can.

"I'm happy that I got a second chance."

Now healthy, Dunn is one of 24 players with invitations to attend U19 World Championship team tryouts starting June 14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Twelve players will be selected for the final roster.

"It's an honor to go to the USA tryouts," Dunn said. "There's a lot of great competition. It's going to be a great experience."

Dunn, a 6-foot-3 guard, recently completed his freshman year at Providence College. After missing the first nine games while recovering from shoulder surgery, he averaged 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 25 games, starting 18 games.

Since the season ended, Dunn has been working out on campus with his PC teammates. He's focused on improving his ballhandling and shooting. He converted just 39.8 percent from the field last season.

Dunn showed flashes of brilliance in his first season, recording season highs of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. He was named the Friars' 2013 Promising Prospect.

He's familiar with his World Championship team tryout competition, having played against some candidates in last summer's U18 training camp.

"Hopefully, I play the way I know I can play," Dunn said. "I think my chances are pretty good."

Guard Rodney Purvis, who transferred from North Carolina State to UConn, also is on the list. He's not eligible to play for the Huskies until the 2014-15 season. He has USA Basketball experience, playing for 2012 U18 USA gold-medal winning team.

Other players include: Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova; Bryce Alford, La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brandon Ashley, Arizona; Robert Carter, Georgia Tech; Damyean Dotson, Oregon; Javan Felix, Texas; Michael Frazier, Florida; Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech; Shaq Goodwin, Memphis; Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty H.S., San Jose; Jerami Grant, Syracuse; Montrezl Harrell, Louisville;

Rondať Hollis-Jefferson, Chester (Pa.) H.S.; Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young H.S., Chicago; James Robinson, Pittsburgh; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee; Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke; Devin Thomas, Wake Forest; Mike Tobey, Virginia; Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep; Justise Winslow, St. Johns H.S., Houston.

Florida's Billy Donovan will serve as head coach with Shaka Smart (VCU) and Mark Few (Gonzaga) serving as assistants. PC's Ed Cooley has been named a court coach.

Team USA will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

g.keefe@theday.com

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