RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada senior point guard Deonte Burton was one of 29 collegiate basketball players that received an invitation from USA Basketball today to compete for a spot on the roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games (WUGs). The WUGs will be played July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
Team training camp will take place June 24-30 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced June 27 or 28, and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for Russia on July 1.
A third-team Mountain West selection, Burton averaged 16.3 points per game to rank second on the team and fifth in the conference this past season. His 3.61 assists per game led the team and were sixth in the MW. The 6-1 point guard also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (44.9 %), fifth in steals (1.35 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.53) and third in minutes played (34.1 mpg) in the conference.
Burton ranks 10th on Nevada’s career scoring list with 1,459 points. His 121 steals are eighth and 373 assists are ninth all-time at Nevada.
In his first season at Nevada he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after helping the Wolf Pack to a conference title. His sophomore year he was named to the AP honorable mention squad.
Burton’s career honors
2010-11: WAC Freshman of the Year, Honorable mention All-WAC, WAC Newcomer team,
WAC Player of the Week, Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient
2011-12: WAC coaches preseason Player of the Year, WAC Coaches preseason first-team, WAC media preseason team, WAC Player of the Year, First-team All-WAC, Honorable mention AP All-America, First-team NABC District 6, Nevada team MVP, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient, three-time WAC Player of the Week
2012-13: CBSSports.com preseason MW team, Preseason All-MW media selection, top under-the-radar player by CBSSports, 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com, third-team MW, shared team MVP honors with Malik Story, MW Player of the Week