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By: Ana Kieu
Rising Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball sophomore Bryce Wills has been invited to participate in the USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team Training Camp.
Wills, a regular starter for the Cardinal as a freshman, is one of 34 athletes selected for the training camp, set for June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Following training camp, a 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. The USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team will compete in the FIBA World Cup in Greece in June.
Wills, the youngest player in the Pac-12 and seventh youngest player in Division I this past season, started 23 of 30 games in his first year on The Farm. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game overall, increasing those averages to 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists from the guard spot during Pac-12 action. He scored in double figures in seven Pac-12 games. He scored four of his 11 points in the final 14 seconds, including the go-ahead basket in the final seconds, in Stanford’s 79-76 win over USC at Maples Pavilion. A couple days later, he scored 10 points in 17 minutes in the win over UCLA to complete the home sweep of the Los Angeles schools. Following the season, he was the recipient of Stanford’s Roy Young Toughness Award, recognizing an individual for giving the extra effort on both ends of the floor.
As the recognized governing body for basketball in the US by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored 5-on-5 and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions along with the development of youth basketball.