We’re starting to get a little more information as Purdue basketball seeks a World Championship this summer. The pools were drawn this afternoon and Purdue/Team USA will be in Pool C with Estonia, Romania, the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Argentina.
The games will be from August 19-30 in Taiwan and are now 99 days away. As a reminder, Purdue can bring its entire roster plus the incoming recruiting class (minus Matt Haarms since he is not a U.S. citizen), so it is a great chance to work on team chemistry. Haarms can still practice with the team as well leading up to the games. I believe we can also bring back a few recent graduates, as the roster says the following can be on the roster:
The World University Games are held every other year (2017, 2019, etc.), and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The next World University Games are scheduled to be held in 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
I believe this means Spike Albrecht could play as well, and possibly both Rapheal Davis and Johnny Hill. Kansas was the 2015 representative and won gold, so we have to defend our country. We are not the only Big Ten school representing the U.S., as Iowa baseball and Maryland women’s basketball are also sending teams.