Four Big Ten Student-Athletes Selected to National Teams

June 19, 2009

Following three days of trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., three Big Ten student-athletes were selected to represent the USA in the 2009 World University Games while one additional player was named to the 2009 FIBA Wolrd Championships team, USA Basketball announced Thursday. Each 12-member roster was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.

Selected to represent the United States at the 2009 World University Games were Penn State’s Talor Battle (Albany, N.Y.), Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Ohio State’s Evan Turner (Chicago, Ill.). The trio will remain in Colorado Springs through June 24 to continue training for the World University Games, slated for July 2-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.   

The Big Ten tied the Big East with three representatives selected to compete in the World University Games to lead all conferences. The ACC and the Big 12 each saw two student-athletes named to the roster, while the Pac-10 Ten and ACC each had one.

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was selected to head the 2009 USA Men's World University Games Team.

The World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. The 2009 competition includes 24 men's basketball teams competing for a gold medal. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

In addition, Northwestern’s John Shurna (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was among the 12 individuals named Thursday to the United States' roster for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championships to be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Purdue head general Matt Painter was selected as one of two assistant coaches and will join Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Southern Illinois’ Chris Lowery on the sidelines.

The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship features 16 national teams comprised of athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990) that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments. All 12 selected athletes recently completed their freshman year at a NCAA Division I school.