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June 18, 2009

Hummel in, Johnson out at World University Games

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Robbie Hummel was one of 12 players named to the U.S. World University Games team on Thursday.

Hummel's teammate JaJuan Johnson, however, was one of four players cut from coach Bo Ryan's squad.

"It was one of the most difficult decisions we as a committee have had because the team is so balanced," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement. Boeheim is the chairman of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.

Other players making the team were: Oklahoma State's James Anderson, Penn State's Talor Battle, Clemson's Trevor Booker, Iowa State's Craig Brackins, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler, Villanova's Corey Fisher, Marquette's Lazar Hayward, Washington's Quincy Pondexter, North Carolina's Deon Thompson, Ohio State's Evan Turner and Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado.

The team will compete in the 2009 World University Games that will take place July 2-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.

"First of all, all 16 players at trials are very good players," Ryan said in a statement. "Everybody that competed worked very hard against one another at a very high level. The toughest part was getting down to the 12 players. I don't want to take anything away from the guys who didn't make it, but the 12 who are on the final list are the ones that if you look at the overall picture - offense, defense, rebounding, things like that - this was the 12 that stood out."

The U.S. team will stay in Colorado Springs, Colo., for two-a-day practices through June 24. The squad leaves for Serbia on June 25.

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