B1G 10 and Big East News and Notes

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is
one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA
Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA
Basketball Men's World University Games training camp.

The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be
used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the
2011 World University Games men's basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in
Shenzhen, China.

The USA Basketball Men's Basketball Committee, chaired by NCAA
representative Jim Boeheim (head coach at Syracuse University), is
expected to announce the finalists for the squad on July 31.  Training
camp for the selected players will continue from July 31-Aug. 7 at the
USOTC, with the official roster announcement coming prior to the team's
departure for China on Aug. 8.

Abromaitis is one of six current BIG EAST
players on the list of the 24 who have accepted invitations to attend
the camp.  In addition to Abromaitis, those attending the World
Championship Team training camp will be: Bradford Burgess
(VCU/Midlothian, Va.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Kim
English (Missouri/Baltimore, Md.); Yancy Gates (Cincinnati/Cincinnati,
Ohio); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Pines, N.J.); Draymond Green
(Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery,
Ala.); Tu Holloway (Xavier/Hempstead, N.Y.); Scoop Jardine
(Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/Hendersonville,
Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano
(Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.); C.J.
McCollum (Lehigh, Canton, Ohio); Kris Middleton (Texas A&M/North
Charleston, S.C.); Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.); Tony
Mitchell (Alabama/Swainsboro, Ga.); Aaric Murray (West
Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.);
John Shurna (Northwestern/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Jordan Taylor
(Wisconsin/Bloomington, Minn.).

Abromaitis, BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and
2011 and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American honoree, averaged
double figures for the second consecutive season as he finished as the
team's second-leading scorer with a 15.4 scoring average.  He also was
the team's second-leading rebounder, grabbing a career-best 6.1 boards
per game.

-After a breakout season in 2010-11, the Wisconsin Badgers' starting point guard Jordan Taylor has been invited to try-out for the USA Basketball World University Games Team

-Junior Patrick Bade will transition from the Purdue college basketball program to the Boilermaker college football program effective immediately, head coaches Matt Painter and Danny Hope announced on Wednesday.

"We wish Patrick nothing but the best as he pursues a college
football career at Purdue," Painter said. "He is a valued member of the
Purdue Athletics family, and we're happy that he has chosen to remain at
the University."

Bade played in 58 games for the Boilermakers
over the last two seasons, starting four times. The Indianapolis native
averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, with career highs of 10
points and nine boards.

-Minnesota Golden Gophers
senior forward Trevor Mbakwe is of 22 players to receive an invitation
by USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the
2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp July
29 through Aug. 7. The last Gopher to play for Team USA at the World
University Games was Vincent Grier following the 2004-05 season.

-New Penn State Nittany Lions
basketball coach Patrick Chambers, who was introduced Monday as the
12th head coach in program history, has started to fill out his coaching
staff by naming Philadelphian native Eugene Burroughs as an assistant
coach.

Burroughs previously served as an assistant coach at Navy during
Billy Lange's entire seven-year tenure from 2004-11. Like Chambers,
Burroughs has strong ties to Villanova coach Jay Wright, having served
as an assistant to him at Hofstra for three seasons from 1997-2000, and
to Philadelphia coaching legend Dan Dougherty, having played with
Chambers at Episcopal Academy. Burroughs also previously served as an
assistant coach at Marist College and American University.

-Northwestern's John Shurna is one of four players from the Big Ten
Conference invited to the USA tryouts, joining Michigan State's
Draymond Green, Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

This is the third straight year that Shurna has competed for USA
Basketball. He is one of three players at this year's camp (Pittsburgh's
Aston Gibbs, Kentucky's Darius Miller) who helped the USA to a gold
medal and a 9-0 record at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship. Shurna
and Syracuse's Scoop Jardine are the two individuals invited who were
members of the USA Select Team that trained against the USA Men's
National Team in 2010 in Las Vegas.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009-10, Shurna battled
through injuries to earn third-team honors last season. He averaged a
team-best 16.6 points per game during the 2010-11 campaign, led
Northwestern to a school-record 20 wins for the second consecutive
season and also a berth in the quarterfinal round of the National
Invitation Tournament (NIT).

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