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."
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."