Iowa's Marble, White aim for U.S. roster spot

Hawkeyes' duo among 26 vying for spot in world university games

Published: June 23 2013 | 1:25 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 4:57 pm in
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NORTH LIBERTY — The off-season was over before nearly began for Iowa’s Aaron White and Devyn Marble.

The two upperclassmen ended their basketball season on April 4 and now have reverted to regular-season mode. The duo are among 26 players vying for 12 slots on the United States’ world university games roster. Tryouts begin Monday, and games are held July 7 through July 16 in Kazan, Russia.

Five other Big Ten players join Marble and White in competition. They include Andre Hollins (Minnesota). Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Will Sheehey (Indiana), Adreian Payne (Michigan State) and A.J. Hammons (Purdue).

“I want to make it; that’s the first thing,” said White, an incoming junior forward. “It’s not just an invite. It’s not just that I’m excited to go down there and lace up some shoes and run around with some of the top players. I want to make the team and just kind of assert myself as one of the top players in the country, and I think I can do that.”

Marble called the invitation “a tremendous opportunity.”

“It would mean a lot (to make the team),” said Marble, who will be a senior this fall. “That’s the goal. Being able to go and play for a gold medal, I don’t think too many people can say they’ve done that. To actually go and get one would be even better. I’m definitely not going to take this opportunity for granted.”

Marble, a 6-foot-6 guard, was the first Hawkeye to score more than 1,100 points, 350 rebounds and 275 assists before his senior year. Marble led Iowa in scoring (15.0), assists (3.0), free-throw percentage (.810), and 3-pointers (49-of-150). He was one of only three Big Ten players (Michigan’s Trey Burke, Penn State’s D.J. Newbill) to average 15 points and three assists a game last season. He was a third-team all-Big Ten selection.

White (6-8) was named third-team all-Big Ten and led Iowa in rebounding (6.2), the first Hawkeye to lead the team in rebounding as a freshman and sophomore since Michael Payne in 1981-82. He ranked second on the team in scoring (12.8) and steals (41). White made (193) and attempted (258) the most free throws of any sophomore in school history. In two seasons, White has combined for 877 career points.

“It’s kind of a challenge for me to put myself with the top players in the country,” White said. “I’ve had a decent two years here. My name has been on a couple lists as one of the top players in the conference. But it’s time to make that next step to be one of the top players in the country. That’s kind of how I view this tryout is, and that’s how I view that invitation to go down there.”

Davidson Coach Bob McKillop is the team’s head coach, and he’s assisted by Michigan’s John Beilein and South Carolina’s Frank Martin. Marble said having Beilein as an assistant coach be an asset for himself, White and the other Big Ten players.

“He knows what we bring to the table,” Marble said. “He’s seen us throughout the conference playing and stuff like that. A guy that recruited me, so he knows even more about me. I’m excited to learn from the other guys on the coaching staff like Coach Martin and Coach McKillop. I think it should be an exciting opportunity.”

MORE INFORMATION

The USA has drawn preliminary round Group C for the 2013 World University Games men’s basketball competition, along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates. Playing in Group A are Estonia, Germany, Oman, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. Playing in Group B are Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania and Serbia. Group D includes Brazil, Chile, China, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.

The USA will take on United Arab Emirates at 6:30 p.m. (times listed are local, Kazan, Russia, is +8 hours from ET) on July 7; followed by Czech Republic at 1 p.m. on July 8; and Sweden at 9 p.m. on July 10; Australia at 6:30 p.m. on July 11; and Canada at 1 p.m. on July 12.

INVITEES

Eric Atkins                              G        6-2        182        2014           Notre Dame

Markel Brown                        G        6-3        190        2014           Oklahoma State

Deonte Burton                       G        6-1        190        2014           Nevada

Bryce Cotton                          G        6-1        165        2014           Providence

Spencer Dinwiddie                G        6-6        200        2015           Colorado

Yogi Ferrell                             G        6-0        178        2016           Indiana

Davante Gardner                   C        6-8        290        2014           Marquette

Treveon Graham                    F        6-5        215        2015           Virginia Commonwealth

Jerian Grant                           G        6-5        202        2014           Notre Dame

PJ Hairston                             F        6-5        220        2015           North Carolina

AJ Hammons                          C        7-0        280        2016           Purdue

Luke Hancock                         F        6-6        200        2014           Louisville

Tyler Haws                              G        6-5        200        2015           BYU

Andre Hollins                          G        6-1        200        2015           Minnesota

Rodney Hood                          F        6-8        210        2015           Duke

Josh Huestis                            F        6-7        230        2014           Stanford

Cory Jefferson                         C        6-9        210        2015           Baylor

Sean Kilpatrick                        G        6-4        221        2014           Cincinnati

Alex Kirk                                  C        7-0        250        2015           New Mexico

Devyn Marble                          F        6-6        194        2014           Iowa

Doug McDermott                    F        6-8        225        2014           Creighton

Adreian Payne                        F       6-10      240        2014           Michigan State

Chasson Randle                     G        6-1        180        2015           Stanford

Will Sheehey                           F        6-7        200        2014           Indiana

Aaron White                            C        6-8        218        2015           Iowa

Kendall Williams                     G        6-4        185        2014           New Mexico

COACHES

Head Coach: Bob McKillop, Davidson College      Assistant Coach: John Beilein, University of Michigan

Assistant Coach: Frank Martin, Univ. of South Carolina Court Coach: Tad Boyle, University of Colorado

Court Coach: Jim Kessler, Grace College (NAIA) Court Coach: Matt Matheny, Elon University

Athletic Trainer: Ray Beltz, Davidson College

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