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Kalkbrenner Named to 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team – GoCreighton.com

Fort Worth, Texas  –  Creighton men’s basketball center Ryan Kalkbrenner has been named to the official, 12-member 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World  Cup Team roster. He is one of six players who completed their first collegiate season and joins six players from the high school class of 2021. 

Named to the USA U19 World Cup Team were: Patrick Baldwin Jr.  (Hamilton H.S./Sussex, Wis.); Kennedy Chandler (Sunrise Christian Academy, Kan./Memphis, Tenn.); Jonathan Davis (Wisconsin/La Crosse, Wis.); Caleb Furst (Blackhawk Christian School/Fort Wayne, Ind.); Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Harrison Ingram (St. Mark’s School/Dallas, Texas); Jaden Ivey (Purdue/South Bend, Ind.); Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton/St. Louis, Mo.); Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech/Port Arthur, Texas); Mike Miles (TCU/Lancaster, Texas); Adam Miller  (Louisiana State/Chicago, Ill.); and Peyton Watson (Long Beach Poly Tech H.S./Long Beach, Calif).

Kalkbrenner is Creighton’s first USA Basketball representative since Ty-Shon Alexander and Geoffrey Groselle, teamed up to win a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in the summer of 2019. Alexander now plays for the Phoenix Suns, while Groselle is a five-year pro who spent last season in Poland with Enea Zastal. Creighton’s last representative on USA Basketball’s U19 Team was Doug McDermott, who averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Riga, Latvia in 2011 prior to his sophomore season. McDermott played for the Indiana Pacers in 2020-21 and recently wrapped up his seventh season in the NBA.

Kalkbrenner averaged 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game last season in 31 games as a reserve for the Bluejays. He shot 64.5 percent from the field and reached double-figures on seven occasions. The St. Louis, Mo., native had 29 dunks and led CU with 38 blocked shots, which ranked seventh-most nationally among freshmen. Creighton finished the season with a 22-9 record and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.

“This week has been very fulfilling so far, and the process of selecting this 12-player group was really difficult given the amount of talent we have had at training camp,” said Jamie Dixon , USA and TCU head coach. “Everyone has been working hard, we are growing closer as a group, which is really important. I am excited about the team that the committee put together as we now prepare to head overseas to Latvia and compete for a gold medal.

“Although the committee had to make some tough decisions in the selection process, we are thrilled with the potential this team brings to the court. Its length, basketball IQ, defensive prowess and offensive abilities should make us a strong team, and I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in the U19 World Cup in July. For some of our guys, it will be the first time leaving the country and everyone is excited about having the honor of representing their country.” 

Assisting Dixon with the U19 World Cup Team are assistant coaches Jerod Haase (Stanford University) and James Jones  (Yale University) who look to help lead the USA to a fourth gold medal in the last five FIBA U19 World Cup events since 2013.
 
The USA Men’s U19 World Cup training camp began June 20 with 26 athletes, 17 finalists were named on June 21, and the official team was selected following 10 training sessions held at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The team will continue training on the TCU campus through Monday, June 28, then travel to Riga, Latvia for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup that will be played July 3-11. 

Featuring U19 teams from 16 nations, the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup includes in addition to the USA and host Latvia, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Lithuania, Mali, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey. 

The USA was drawn into Group D, alongside Australia, Mali and Turkey for the July 3-6 FIBA U19 World Cup preliminary round. The USA will open play against Turkey on July 3 (9:30 a.m. Central), followed by Mali on July 4 (12:30 p.m Central) and close preliminary play against Australia on July 6 (12:30 p.m. Central). 

Reigning FIBA U19 World Cup gold medalist, USA men’s teams have won seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal while compiling a 99-14 overall record in U19 World Cup play since the event launched in 1979. Even more impressive, the USA has won four of the last six U19 golds since 2009. Among the players on the USA’s U19 World Cup Team in 2019 are players such as Cade Cunningham, Tyrese Haliburton, Evan Mobley, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Jalen Suggs.

The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee in charge of selecting the team is chaired by Matt Painter (Purdue University), and includes 2006 USA World Cup Team member Shane Battier   (athlete representative), Tony Bennett (University of Virginia), Ed Cooley (Providence College) and Sean Miller, 2015 U19 World Cup gold medalist head coach.

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