Kennedy Chandler has accepted an invitation to attend the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp, it was announced on Thursday. The 5-star freshman, who just enrolled at Tennessee, will have the opportunity to tryout for the team, which will start in late June.
Chandler was among 27 other players that were chosen to participate, in hopes of making the 12 member squad that will play fo the USA, at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter is the committee chair, and had this to say about the competition.
“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,”
Painter also added, “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 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team will be coached by TCU’s Jamie Dixon, along with Stanford head coach Jerod Haase and Yale head coach James Jones. If he makes the team, the tournament would be played July 3-11 in Riga and Daugavpils, Latvia.
This is a huge honor for Chandler, who arrived this month to begin his college career at Tennessee, looking to make the most out of his freshman year. The Vols have a loaded roster this upcoming season and it should only benefit Chandler, who will tryout against some of the best players in college basketball.
This Tennessee class continues to impress, on and off the court.