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Shaq Goodwin gets Team USA shot

Shaq-Goodwin-600University of Memphis rising sophomore Shaq Goodwin has accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC), the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee announced Wednesday.

Players selected after training camp will represent the United States at FIBA U19 World Championship June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

If Goodwin is selected, it would be the fifth-straight year a Tiger played on a Team USA squad. Goodwin played for the U18 team in 2012 and joined Joe Jackson (U19, 2011) and Adonis Thomas (U17, 2010; U16, 2009) in representing the U.S. in international competition.

Goodwin is one of 24 players invited to the training camp.

Last summer, Goodwin came off the bench in all five U18 contests to average 12.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. He led Team USA in field goal percentage (80 percent) and free throw percentage (77.8 percent).

This past season with the Tigers, the 6-foot-9, 246-pound forward saw action in all 36 games and made 33 starts. Goodwin averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. He also had 40 blocked shots, the second-most on the team.

The 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, with Florida's Billy Donovan as head coach and Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart as assistant coaches.

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