Training Camp Continues Through Aug. 7
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rising senior Greg Mangano is one step closer to earning a spot on the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team. After three days of training camp that featured 20 elite college players, Mangano, an Orange, Conn., native, was named one of 14 finalists for the team. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
The training camp continues with two practices each day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) through Aug. 7, and the official 12-member roster will be announced prior to Aug. 8, when the team departs for China.
"It's just been an honor to make it this far and have the opportunity to represent my country," Mangano said. "It's been a great experience so far. The scrimmages and practices are being played at such a high level that it's helped push me to become better. The coaching staff has been great as well at strengthening parts of your game that they feel need work."
Joining Mangano in the hunt for one of 12 roster spots are: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/Unionville, Conn.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.); Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.); Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy/Beverly Hills, Mich.); Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.); Aaric Murray (West Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); and Shabazz Napier (Connecticut/Randolph, Mass.).
"I think it's a great group," said USA Head Coach Matt Painter, also the head coach at Purdue. "We have a lot of balance. I think on the interior we have some shot-blockers, we have some athletes, guys that can really go and get the basketball and some real good shooters. We have some good, interchangeable parts, and a lot of talent, both returning talent and young. I'm really excited about the mix we have."
The USA will play an exhibition contest against New Century, a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) professional team on Aug. 11 in Huizho, China, before opening play in the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 13.
Mangano is coming off a season at Yale in which he finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.
Mangano, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games were a new Ivy record. He scored 20 points or more in nine games this season, including tallying a career-high 30 in a victory at Dartmouth. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding in all but four games and grabbed a career-high 17 at Brown.
In addition, he became the first Yale player since Chris Dudley in 1986-87 to average a double-double for the season.
Mangano has already made one trip to China this offseason. He and his Yale teammates went 3-1 on a 10-day tour of Chengdu and Shanghai in late May. Mangano averaged 21.5 points in the four games.
Mangano photo courtesy Garrett Ellwood/USA Basketball
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity