Jones invited to USA basketball camp

USF men’s basketball guard Dominique Jones has accepted an invitation to attend the 2009 USA Men’s University Games Team training camp to compete for a spot on the USA World University Games Team, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.

Every other year, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee — headed by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim — chooses standout collegiate players from across the country to compete for a USA team spot. 

Jones will compete against 16 other players for a spot on the 12-man roster, which will be announced prior to June 25.

“This is a great opportunity for Dominique,” said USF coach Stan Heath in a statement. “He deserves this. Now, it’s up to him to make the best of it. His experience the last two years should prepare him for the trials. Not only will he gain experience, but he will grow as a student-athlete during the process.”

The trials, held in Colorado Springs, Co., run June 16-24.

The USA World University Games, which will consist of 24 national teams competing for a gold medal, will take place from July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Other notable participants in the training camp include Villanova guard Corey Fisher, West Virginia forward Da’Sean Butler and Kansas guard Sherron Collins, who played for the Jayhawks national championship team in 2008.

University of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was selected by USA Basketball to serve as head coach for the team.

Jones, a Lake Wales native, has played in all 61 games during his two years at USF and has started in all but one game. He received a Big East Conference honorable mention this past season, averaging a team-high 18.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.  Jones was also second on the Bulls in assists with 3.9 per game.