Mizzou's Marcus Denmon makes cut for USA Basketball World University Games

Monday, August 1, 2011 | 8:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri's Marcus Denmon was named a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games on Sunday. Denmon, the lone Big 12 finalist, will compete with 14 other players for one of 12 roster spots and a chance to compete against other national teams in China from Aug. 12 to 23.

"It's been a great experience, and it was humbling when I heard I was on the team," Denmon said in an MU Athletics news release. "I am just proud I am able to represent my university, represent Kansas City and represent our country."

USA Basketball World Games roster finalists

Marcus Denmon — Missouri

Tim Abromaitis — Notre Dame

Ashton Gibbs — Pittsburgh

Draymond Green — Michigan State

JaMychal Green — Alabama

Scoop Jardine — Syracuse

John Jenkins — Vanderbilt

Orlando Johnson — UC Santa Barbara

Greg Mangano — Yale

Trevor Mbakwe — Minnesota

Ray McCallum — Detroit Mercy

Darius Miller — Kentucky

Aaric Murray —West Virginia

Shabazz Napier — Connecticut

Denmon, a Kansas City native, led the Tigers in scoring as a junior last season at 16.9 points per game and added 3.5 rebounds per game and 1.8 steals per game.

"My mindset was to come out here and outwork everyone," Denmon said. "There are a lot of great players here, and everyone was deserving to make this team and, sometimes shots fall, and sometimes they don't, but if you just play hard and put in work, good things will happen."

MU guard Kim English also competed for a roster spot in the Colorado Springs, Colo., camp but was not named a finalist.

"It was a great experience, and it's something we can all use to get us ready for the 2012 season," English said. "I'm excited for Marcus. He is going to represent our university and our country over in China and bring us home the gold."

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