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Aug. 10, 2000

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State senior center Ken Johnson (Sr., Detroit, Mich./Henry Ford) has been selected as one of 12 collegiate players who will gather to practice against the 2000 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team.

Johnson is the only true center on the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Select team and its tallest player at 6-feet, 11-inches.

He will depart Aug. 27 and will arrive in Maui, Hawaii, men’s basketball Olympic training site, for the first workout Aug. 28. The Select team will scrimmage the Olympic team each day. Camp will end with a nationally televised (NBC) contest Sept. 2 at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center.

Other Select team members include: Shane Battier (Duke), Cory Bradford (Illinois), Nick Collison (Kansas), Joe Forte (North Carolina), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford), Terence Morris (Marlyand), Troy Murphy (Notre Dame), Jason Richardson (Michigan State), Jamal Tinsley (Iowa State), Jason Williams (Duke) and Michael Wright (Arizona).

Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head coach, said the experience will help Johnson immeasurably.

“It is a chance of a lifetime to be selected as one of the top players in the country and have the opportunity to work with some of the best players in the world,” O’Brien said. “Also being able to spend a week in Maui and play on national television are added bonuses.

“I just hope I can talk Ken into letting me carry his bags for a week,” O’Brien said.

Johnson plans to enjoy the trip to Hawaii but knows there is opportunity to demonstrate his abilities against the best players in the world. “I’m totally thrilled,” Johnson said. “It is a great opportunity to get experience. I am ready to go out there, play and have a good time.

“I am not going out there to do things I cannot do,” he said. “I’m there to play defense. But I want to work on my offense and get some experience with and against the best players in the game.”

Johnson will be facing the likes of Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat) and Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves) but looks forward to the matchups.

“All I can do is go out there and play my game to the best of my ability,” Johnson said. “This is the utmost challenge as a player. I will be playing with the best in college basketball against the best of the NBA.

Then I can come back here and use what I have learned during my senior year. That is going to help me