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Kentucky basketball's Jones bypasses Team USA tryout for summer school

jtipton@herald-leader.comJune 1, 2011 

University of Kentucky forward Terrence Jones will not try out for the USA Basketball team that plays in the Under 19 World Championship this summer.

Jones will attend summer school at UK, USA Basketball's Sean Ford said Tuesday.

Earlier this year, three of UK's incoming freshmen chose to attend summer school rather than try out for the USA team. The three were Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis.

Ford is a longtime friend of UK Coach John Calipari. After UK's freshman trio declined a chance to try out, Ford said he would ask whether Jones would participate.

The tryouts are scheduled for June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Under 19 World Championship will be played June 30-July 10 in Latvia.

NCAA ticket plans announced

The NCAA announced Tuesday that tickets for the 2012 NCAA Tournament — including games in Louisville's KFC Yum Center — will go on sale in October. That's for all games prior to the Final Four. It's part of what the NCAA calls an "enhanced ticketing system."

Fans can buy the best available tickets for all price ranges and seating levels.

Tickets will be available by visiting www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets.

The 2012 tournament begins with the First Four, played the Tuesday and Wednesday after Selection Sunday.

Second- and third-round sites include Louisville, Albuquerque, N.M.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro, N.C.; Nashville; and Omaha, Neb.

Regional sites are Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta and St. Louis.

While Louisville would not be allowed to play NCAA games on its own court, Kentucky would be eligible to play at the KFC Yum Center site in what would amount to a home game for the Cats.

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