Tobey and Bennett Head to World Championships

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

Mike Tobey was in the dorms at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, when he found out he made the final 12-man roster for the U19 World Championship Team.

"It was definitely like a dream come true for me," the UVa rising sophomore said of making the USA basketball squad. "I was just trying to contain myself, trying to play it cool, but I was definitely really excited."

Tobey and Team USA leave Saturday for Prague, Czech Republic, where the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships run from June 24-July 6. Tobey will be joined by another Cavalier on the trip -- head coach Tony Bennett, who's working as an assistant coach under Florida's Billy Donovan.

"To be a part of USA basketball is wonderful. I got to do it as a player, and now this is another step," said Bennett.

In 1991, Bennett represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games, when the team brought home a bronze medal. He won a gold medal playing for USA basketball at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1989.

This time, Bennett is sharing the experience with one of his players, and he's been able to see Tobey improve during training camp and practice.

"He's going against some elite guys. When you play summer ball and pickup ball you can't quite get that. For him, to train against these guys on a daily basis, to grow in his confidence, to really say, 'okay, what do I need to work on?' It's a great gage for him."

Tobey says training camp has been a learning experience that he will never forget.

"I've probably been in awe the whole time I've been here, just playing under these great coaches and around these great players. This whole experience has just been phenomenal."

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