NKU’s McDonald will represent the United States at FISU America Games
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:37 RCN Newsdesk
Drew McDonald, a rising senior for the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, will don the red, white and blue as he is one of 10 players set to represent the United States at the upcoming FISU America Games in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) is the governing body that supports the America Games, which is a 13-sport, collegiate-level tournament featuring 20-25 nations from North and South America, similar to the Pan-America Games. The US-IUSF, which is the official governing body for the United States in all FISU events, fields teams in 10 able-bodied sports and three Paralympic sports.
The opening ceremony is set to take place, Friday, July 20. The basketball competition will take place at the recently-constructed Brazilian Paralympic Center, July 24-28.
Athletes in Action, a Christian-based organization that emphasizes the intersection of sports and the Bible, was delegated by US-IUSF to select the squad to represent the United States.
McDonald’s selection should come as no surprise, since NKU’s multi-dimensional forward has proven to be an elite player not only in the Horizon League, but across the country during his first three seasons in Highland Heights. He is a two-time all-Horizon League First Team honoree as well as a Lou Henson All-American last season.
The native of nearby Cold Spring, averaged 17.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a junior. McDonald’s 18 double-doubles were the 11th-most in the country last year as well.
Joining McDonald on Team USA is Shannon Bogues (Stephen F. Austin), Eli Cain (DePaul), Plandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern), Markus Golder (Valparaiso), TJ Holyfield (Stephen F. Austin), Joshua Nebo (Texas A&M), Tayler Persons (Ball State), Frederick Scott (Rider) and William Wampler (Wright State).
McDonald and Team USA report to the Athletes in Action training facility in Xenia, Ohio, July 14, for training camp. The team then departs for São Paulo July 18.