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Future OSU Point Guard Makes USA U19 Training Camp Roster

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Oklahoma State signee Jawun Evans was named one of 16 finalists for the 12-man U19 USA Basketball roster that will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Greece later this month.

Training camp began on June 13 with 21 players, but was whittled down to the 16 finalists on Monday. The finalists will continue to train in Colorado Springs until the final roster is released by USA Basketball prior to the team's departure to Greece. USA Basketball opens play against Iran on June 27.

If selected to the roster, Evans will become the third OSU Cowboy to represent his country on the U19 squad. Matt Clark won gold with USA Basketball in Salvador, Brazil in 1979, and Marcus Smart paved the way for the 2013 squad to win the world championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

The USA has captured a record five FIBA U19 World Championship gold medals and three silver medals in the 11 editions of the event, which first was held in 1979.The team is seeking its first back-to-back FIBA U19 World Championships since 1979 and 1983.

Evans is ranked by ESPN as the sixth best point guard in the country, and the No. 33 player in the nation regardless of position. The Dallas Kimball High School product was the only player in the state of Texas to earn a spot in the McDonald's All-America game, and he was one of 30 players nationwide to earn a spot on the Parade All-America team.

He averaged 23.3 points, 7.5 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior, and earned Dallas Morning News First-Team All-Area honors.

This year's U19 USA Basketball squad will be led by Sean Miller of the University of Arizona, along with his brother, Archie Miller (Dayton), and Ed Cooley (Providence).

U19 USA Basketball Roster Finalists (16)

Jawun Evans (Kimball H.S./Dallas, Texas)

Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Thomas Welsh(UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.)

Justin Bibbs(Virginia Tech/Dayton, Ohio)

Brekkott Chapman (Utah/Roy, Utah)

Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Josh Jackson(Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.)

L.J. Peak(Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.)

Chinanu Onauku(Louisville/Lanham, Md.)

Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.)

Jalen Brunson (Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.)

Terrance Ferguson (Homeschooled/Flower Mound, Texas)

Riley LaChance(Vanderbilt/Brookfield, Wis.)

Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.)

Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./Seattle, Wash.)

Vince Edwards(Purdue/Middletown, Ohio)

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