Cincinnati Bearcats Sean Kilpatrick Invited To USA Basketball Tryouts

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The senior to be will be in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center along with 28 others. The tryout will be for the World University Games which take place in Kazan, Russia this July. Obviously this will be a good thing for Kila who still has some work to do in his senior year to assure himself of an opportunity in the NBA.

The biggest reason why is that Kila has a whole lot more to gain from a week spent practicing with Doug McDermott, C.J. Fair, Bryce Cotton, Quin Cook, Andre Hollins a Co. than he would kicking around Deveroes which has zero defense played and maybe a guy or two on opposing teams who are capible of making him work.

If he makes the team its all for the better. Another two weeks playing and practicing with some of the best players in the country. Yancy Gates was invited to tryout for the 2011 team. He did not wind up making the final squad, as Kenyon Martin and Eric Hicks did. But the experience had a positive effect which showed up in his game. He came back more assertive and more active than ever before. Gates wound up posting career numbers in his senior season, and while it is impossible to separate the effect from the cause for something as complicated as statistical averages, it is not unreasonable to infer that the experience had something to do with it. Here is to hoping that Kila will have a similar reward for the work he puts in.

If Kila is to make the final roster of 12 these are the guards he will be up against.

Player School Class
Eric Atkins Notre Dame 2014
Markel Brown Oklahoma State 2014
Deonte Burton Nevada 2014
Quinn Cook Duke 2015
Bryce Cotton Providence 2014
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 2015
Yogi Ferrell Indiana 2016
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 2014
Joe Harris Virginia 2014
Tyler Haws BYU 2015
Andre Hollins Minnesota 2015
Chasson Randle Stanford 2015
Kendall Williams New Mexico 2014

That is quite a list to be sure, but Kila is in with a chance because his ability to shoot the basketball is a major plus in the international game.

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