Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. scored five of Team USA's first 17 points, leading Team USA to a 113-66 drubbing of Lithuania's age 22-and-younger squad Wednesday night at Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
Boozer, a Duke University junior center-power forward, is involved in the USA World Championship for Young Men Team tryouts. The 13 tryout camp finalists made up Wednesday's Team USA. The tryout camp is for players born in 1980 or later. Boozer tied for the Team USA scoring lead with 13 points and added four rebounds, two blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 17 minutes of action.
Troy Bell also scored 13 points for Team USA, while Caron Butler had 12 points and a team-high five rebounds, and Dahntay Jones and Marcus Taylor each scored 10 points.
"After four days of practice, we played very well and they were very unselfish, and that was what impressed me," said Jim Boeheim, the head coach of the USA World Championship for Young Men Team. "Everybody really contributed, we didn't have to rely on one or two guys. Everybody was involved, making good plays, very unselfish, and that's going to help us in the upcoming tournament."
The tryout camp Team USA squad plays again today against another age 22-younger team, this time from Yugoslavia.
"Yugoslavia is bigger, older, they're more experienced," Boeheim said. "It will be a much, much different game, a much tougher game, and before going to Japan we're going to need that tough game."
On Friday morning, one of the 13 remaining finalists will be cut, and the 12 remaining players will head to Oakland, Calif., for more training. The team will then head to the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men Tournament held Aug. 3-12 in Saitama, Japan. The tournament features 12 teams in two round-robin pools of six teams each, with the top teams from each pool playing for the championship.