Coach Painter’s connections to team USA have paid huge dividends for Purdue basketball. The Boilers represented the US at 2017 World University Games, taking home a silver medal. Caleb Swanigan, Carsen Edwards, and Trevion Williams have all logged time with Team USA’s U-19 and younger squads. Robbie Hummel was a World Champion with 3x3 basketball (and unfortunately missed qualifying for the Olympics this year.
This summer we will see more Team USA connections as Jaden Ivey, Caleb Furst AND Trey Kaufman-Renn were all invited to tryout for Team USA’s spot in the FIBA Men’s U-19 World Cup later this summer:
The athletes, age 19 years or younger, will compete June 20-22, in Fort Worth, Texas, in hopes of being named to the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.
Sophomore Jaden Ivey and freshmen Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn make up over 10 percent of the 27 athletes trying out. Purdue leads the way with three players trying out for the squad, while Gonzaga, Baylor and Ohio State (Meechie Johnson, Zed Key) both have two. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Davis is the lone other Big Ten representative.
Purdue has had major success in the U19 World Cup in each of the last three events. Caleb Swanigan won gold in Greece in 2015, Carsen Edwards won bronze in Egypt in 2017 and Trevion Williams was a gold medalist in Greece in 2019.
The event will be held in Latvia July 3-11.
In addition to this honor, Furst was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Indiana, the first such Boiler since Swanigan. This is not a surprise, as he was also named Mr. Basketball.
For those interested, all five current basketball commits will be taking part in next week’s Indiana All-Star series, with Furst, Kaufman-Renn, and Brian Waddell facing the junior squad featuring Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith next Wednesday night at Brownsburg HS. We have applied for a media pass and hopefully Jace will be on site. I was going to go, but I will be out of town. We will still have a recap, however.