WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — USA Basketball has announced that sophomore Trevion Williams was selected to represent the Stars and Stripes in the FIBA U19 World Cup that starts later this month in Greece.
Williams becomes the third Boilermaker in a row to represent Team USA in the U19 World Cup. Caleb Swanigan helped the Americans to a gold medal in 2015, while Carsen Edwards earned a bronze medal in 2017.
The U19 World Cup will run June 28 to July 7, in Heraklion, Greece. Team USA has won the World Championship in 1979, 1983, 1991, 2009, 2013 and 2015. From 1979 to 2007, the event was held every four years, before being contested every two years beginning in 2009.
Williams impressed many people at USA Training Camp, and will vie to be the team's starting post player entering the event. Williams is a blend of size and skill and is a rebounding force on the glass.
After playing sparingly in the first 10 games of the season, the 6-foot, 9-inch Williams broke out after the calendar turned to 2019. Over the last 25 games, he averaged 6.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 steals per game in just 12.4 minutes per game.
For the season, he shot 54.2 percent from the field (78 of 144), good for eighth on the Purdue freshman all-time list. He recorded double-doubles against Michigan State (13 pts, 12 rebs) and Rutgers (16 pts, 13 rebs). Williams' 13 rebounds against Rutgers tied for the fourth most by a freshman in Purdue history.
Equated to 40 minutes over the last 25 games, Williams averaged 19.4 points, 16.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals.
Purdue will return two starters and eight letterwinners from the 2018-19 squad that reached the Elite Eight and won the Big Ten regular-season championship for the second time in three seasons.
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