Nova's James Bell invited for USA U19 tryouts

James Bell of Villanova was one of 17 players invited Thursday to tryout camp for USA Basketball Men’s Under-19 team that will compete next month in the world championships.

Bell, who will be a sophomore next season, averaged 2.4 points in 25 games for the Wildcats as a freshman but led his team to a victory over Seton Hall on Feb. 15 with a career-high 21 points. He had a delayed start to his season because of surgery to repair stress fractures in both tibias.

The only other player with local ties to be invited is Trevor Cooney of Wilmington, a senior at the Sanford School who will attend Syracuse next season.

Other players of note who will report for training camp from June 17 through 24 in Colorado Springs, Colo., are Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut, Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan, Keith Appling of Michigan State, Allen Crabbe of California and Doug McDermott of Creighton.

USA Basketball will trim the roster from 17 to the final 12 on June 19. The team will leave for Europe five days later and make final preparations for the FIBA U19 World Championships for Men, running from June 30 through July 10 in Latvia.

--Joe Juliano