LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --- A pair of Louisville Cardinals and one Kentucky Wildcat will be honing their basketball games this summer in a pair of International competitions.
U of L Sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku and UK Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe both made the United States U-19 team that will be coached by Arizona's Sean Miller. They will continue training in Colorado Springs, Colorado and compete in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship from June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The U.S. team will try to defend its title from 2013, a team that included former Cardinal Montrezl Harrell.
"The 12 that made it are excellent players and really talented," Team USA head coach Sean Miller (Arizona) said in a release. "Obviously it was a hard fight to make this team because of the talent. The thing that we like a lot is the fact that we have eight players of the 12 that have competed and won a gold medal, several have won multiple gold medals. We have a lot of versatility in our lineup, we have players that can play more than one position and I think playing pressure basketball like we want to play defensively and offensively, that we have the depth, athleticism and quickness, and also some shooting that will really allow us to play a style that we can be successful at."
Mangok Mathiang made the Australian U19 national team that will compete in the World University Games July 3-14 in South Korea.
Rick Pitino spoke recently of how this summer's activity could help both his big men.
"I know it will be a great experience for both guys," said Pitino. "Nanu will get a chance to understand that it's not just the University of Louisville that works hard. It's common with everyone. Mangok will probably go against better competition than he has faced with that Australian National Team. So for both guys, it will be very rewarding."