SMSU Wheelchair Basketball: Three Mustang players selected for U23 tryout
COLORADO SPRINGS – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced that Southwest Minnesota State University basketball student-athletes, Walter Johnson, Bryan Powell and Steve Eischens have been selected to try out for the 2017 U.S. men’s U23 World Championship team in Colorado Springs from Jan. 3-8, 2017.
Johnson is a sophomore from Deerfield Beach, Fla., Powell is a junior from Marietta, Ga., while Eischens is a junior from Victoria.
The U.S. team will consist of 12 athletes that will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 22-29, 2017, to participate in the America’s qualifier. The IWBF Men’s U23 World Championships are scheduled for June 8-16, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Dates are subject to change.
The U23 men’s wheelchair basketball program is an international development team that serves as a pipeline to the U.S. Men’s National Team. This program gives elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level, obtain their official IWBF Classification and may be entered into the pipeline of athletes for future U.S. Men’s Team Selection Camps.
Team USA has reached the championship game in three of the last five U23 World Championships, having won in 2005 and 2009. The United States claimed a bronze medal in 2001, and did not participate in 2013.
Southwest Minnesota State, 11-4 overall, resumes play on Jan. 13-14, 2017, with a tournament in Wichita, Kan.
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