Any chance Joe Harris had of joining teammate Mike Tobey in representing the United States at the international level is gone after the rising senior suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. He is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-6 weeks according to Virginia coach Tony Bennett.
The injury has thus forced Harris to withdraw from the USA Basketball World University Games Training Camp. He was set to compete for one of 12 roster spots on the team during the training camp held June 24-30 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2013 World University Games will be held July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.
“Obviously, we are disappointed for Joe because he was really looking forward to this opportunity with USA Basketball,” Bennett said. “Joe has worked really hard and he was excited about competing and measuring his game against some great players. His senior season and future professional career are the main priorities moving forward. We’ll ensure he gets the proper rest and rehabilitation, so he’ll be ready for the 2013-14 season.”
Harris earned All-ACC first-team honors in 2012-13 after leading Virginia with a career-best 16.3 points per game. He tallied 20 or more points in nine games, including a career-high 36 in a 73-68 win over Duke.
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