May 1, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The summer just got a whole lot busier for three University of New Mexico Lobos, as Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams have been selected as one of 48 players to try out for the United States squad that will compete in the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia from July 6-17. Along with them, Cameron Bairstow will head back to Australia to try out for the Australian team for the same games.
The United States tryouts will take place in Colorado Springs from June 24-30, with head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College coaching the team that travels to Kazan. Should Williams or Kirk make the squad, they would head to Russia via Istanbul, Turkey on July 1, and return to the U.S. right after the World University Games.
Assistant coaches on the team are Michigan head coach John Beilein and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim is the chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee and finalized the list of invitees. The games will take place at the 7,000-seat UNICS Basketball Club, which as noted on the U.S. World University Games website www.wugusa.com, has hosted such musical acts as Deep Purple and A-ha. The World University Games are hosted every two years over the summer. The United States has hosted just once, in 1993 in Buffalo, New York.
"I'm really happy for our three student-athletes," said head coach Craig Neal. "All of their hard work has paid off and it's great publicity and exposure for our program. It's a well deserved honor for all three of them, and hopefully all three of them will get to compete in Russia."
Last summer Hugh Greenwood played for the Australia U-19 team in the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Latvia. Kirk and Williams were just named yesterday as preseason All-Americans by ESPN.com's Dana O'Neill. Both Williams and Bairstow are upcoming seniors, while Kirk is a redshirt junior.