Monday, April 25, 2011

VCU's Hurt invited to World University Games tryout

We spent a good portion of the season wondering whether anyone outside of the CAA was noticing the kind of season VCU star Courtney Hurt was putting together. Evidently USA Basketball was paying attention - the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Hurt will be one of 30-35 players that will try out for the 12-member World University Games team May 21-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Being invited means somebody thinks I'm one of the best players in the country," said Hurt, who led Division I in rebounding and double-doubles last season. "It also means that once I get there, I'm going to have to compete against the best players in the country."

The World University Games will be held Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. Hurt will be the second VCU player invited to try out, joining former Rams center Quanitra Hollingsworth (2006 and 2007). And making the team would give Hurt something in common with VCU coach Beth Cunningham, the former Notre Dame star who earned a gold medal with Team USA during the 1997 World University Games.

The other players participating in the tryouts have yet to be announced. The team's head coach is Iowa State's Bill Fennelly; Duquesne's Suzie McConnell-Serio and Georgetown's Terri Williams-Flournoy are the assistants.

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