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Creighton's Ryan Kalkbrenner will compete for spot on USA Basketball U19 World Cup team

Creighton's Ryan Kalkbrenner will compete for spot on USA Basketball U19 World Cup team

Ryan Kalkbrenner

Ryan Kalkbrenner averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game off the bench during his freshman season for Creighton.

The Jays picked up a pledge Wednesday from four-star recruit Trey Alexander. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oklahoma City announced on Twitter he's committed to CU.

Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner will be one of 27 players attending the USA Basketball Under-19 training camp for its FIBA World Cup team.

Kalkbrenner accepted an invitation to try out for the squad, which will consist of 12 players who’ll participate in an international competition this summer in Latvia.

Also part of the training camp is former Millard North standout Hunter Sallis, a five-star recruit who’s set to begin his career at Gonzaga this summer.

Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Texas’ Devin Askew, Villanova’s Trey Patterson and Purdue’s Jaden Ivey are among the other players expected to compete for roster spots.

Kalkbrenner could be following in the footsteps of former Creighton star Doug McDermott, who averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds as a member of the U.S. FIBA world championships in 2011. Former Bluejays Ty-Shon Alexander and Geoffery Groselle also had USA Basketball experience on the Pan American team in 2019.

Kalkbrenner, a 7-footer from St. Louis, averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game off the bench in his first year at CU, while shooting 64.5% from the floor. Kalkbrenner led Big East freshmen with 1.2 blocks per game.

This summer’s Under-19 training camp is set to take place June 20 through 22 on TCU’s campus. TCU coach Jamie Dixon will lead the squad. Stanford’s Jerod Haase and Yale’s James Jones are the assistants.

“Aside from the Olympics and World Cups, the FIBA U19 World Cup is the most challenging competition on the international calendar and it will take a team of dedicated, selfless individuals to go to Latvia and try to win gold,” said Matt Painter, Purdue’s coach and chair of the USA Basketball men’s junior national team committee.

“The committee feels we have a strong group of players coming into camp in June in hopes of securing a spot on the U19 team, and I’m looking forward to watching them fight to be a part of this USA Basketball team.”

The FIBA U19 World Cup is scheduled for July 3 through 11 in Riga and Daugavpils, Latvia.

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