Bane Relishes Opportunity with Team USA

June 20, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore guard Desmond Bane spent the past two days at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the USA U19 World Cup Team training camp.

One of the 25 players invited to the training camp with the goal of making the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, Bane was not among the 18 finalists selected on Tuesday.

“It was a great experience,” said Bane. “It was a great chance to see where I am against the top players in the country. By being selected to the training camp, I proved that I belong.”

Bane, who was notified of his tryout by TCU head coach Jamie Dixon after his freshman season ended, has made quite the transition after arriving from the small town of Richmond, Ind.

“Just over a year ago I was talking to NAIA and (NCAA) DII schools,” Bane said. “It’s a testimony for me to be at this level and show the passion I have for the game.”

Bane chose TCU on May 12, 2016, after scoring 30 points per game, the second-best average in the state of Indiana, and leading Seton Catholic to a section championship. This past season with the Horned Frogs, Bane played in all 39 games, while starting in 13. He averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and helped TCU to a 24-15 record and an NIT championship.

After three practice sessions over the past two days in Colorado Springs, Bane relished in the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the nation’s best young players.

“I learned how talented everyone is,” said Bane. “Coming from a small school in Richmond, I didn’t see talent at this caliber. The Big 12 has talented guys, but these are some of the top players in the nation.”

Bane also received some advice from Naismith Hall of Fame Coach John Calipari, who made the selections and the cuts for the team that will compete at the 2017 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

“Coach Cal was telling me that I was playing great and he loved my game and loved the way I play,” said Bane. “That was a confidence booster for me. Everyone here is really good. Not everyone can make the team.”

The 12-member team is expected to be announced June 22.



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