Purdue will represent USA in World University Games

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 19: Head coach Matt Painter of the Purdue Boilermakers huddles with his team against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Matt Painter and Purdue basketball need to update their passports, as the Boilers will represent the United States at the 2017 World University Games in Chinese Taipei.

“We are obviously very excited to represent our country at the World University Games”, said Painter, in a statement through Purdue Athletics. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our program.”

The World University Games (WUG) is a bi-annual competition, hosting more than 150 countries and 21 events.

“It is a very unique opportunity for an institution to represent our country,” continued Painter. “This will be an extremely positive and rewarding experience for everyone associated with Purdue basketball. Our players are thrilled to get the opportunity to represent the Stars and Stripes against the best competition in the world.”

Representing the Red, White, and Blue should be familiar to several members of the Black and Gold. Painter coached the 2011 US WUG roster and was an assistant for the FIBA U19 National Team in 2009 that won Gold. Caleb Swanigan played with the Gold Medal-winning U17 and U19 National Teams, while Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas have taken part in USA basketball tryouts.

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