Thompson Named to USA Team

North Carolina rising sophomore Deon Thompson was one of 12 players selected at the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Trials in Dallas, Texas for the USA U19 squad. The team will represent the United States in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship that will be held July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Thompson appeared in all 38 Tar Heel games as a freshman in the 2006-07 season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as Carolina's top backup big man.

The full 12-man roster includes: Darrell Arthur (Kansas / Dallas, Texas); Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.); Patrick Beverley (Arkansas / Chicago, Ill.): Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga / Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Stephen Curry (Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.); Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S. / Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Donte' Greene (Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.); DeAndre Jordan (Bellaire Episcopal H.S. / Humble, Texas); David Lighty (Ohio State / Cleveland, Ohio); Raymar Morgan (Michigan State / Canton, Ohio); Tajuan Porter (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.); and Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.).

DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, will lead the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and collegiate head coaches Bruiser Flint of Drexel University (Pa.) and George Washington University's (D.C.) Karl Hobbs will serve as assistant coaches.

The USA U19 World Championship Team will meet China in a 5 p.m. (CDT) game on Sunday, July 1, at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The U.S. is certain to have its hands fulls when it faces the China Senior National Team which is expected to include 7-6 Houston Rockets star and NBA All-Star Yao Ming, and 6-11 Yi Jianlian who was the No. 6 overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft. China, the defending FIBA Asia zone champions, most recently finished ninth in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and placed eighth in the 2004 Olympics.

The USA squad will also participate in the 2007 Global Games and will meet team Africa on July 5 (8 p.m.), Puerto Rico's U19 National Team on July 6 (6 p.m.), and the Global Games finals will be conducted on July 7. Also competing in the Global Games are Argentina, the Global Games AA team, and a team to be determined. All of the Global Games action will be held at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU.

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