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Boise State’s Nick Duncan hopes to make Australian national basketball team

Junior forward Nick Duncan departs for his homeland Wednesday to take part in a selection camp for the national team that will compete in the World University Games.

Duncan is one of 16 Aussies competing for a roster spot in the June 15-17 camp, after which the final 12 will be selected to compete in China on June 22-28 and in South Korea for the World University Games on July 4-14.

“I haven’t played international ball in two years, so it’ll be good to see how I’ve progressed over here in the college game and take it into the international one,” Duncan said.

The 6-foot-8 Duncan has plenty of international experience, competing in the U-17 and U-19 World Championships the two summers prior to his arrival at Boise State. Last season as a sophomore, Duncan averaged 9.4 points in 31 starts after averaging 5.0 as a freshman.

“I think I was more hesitant when I first got here, but I’ve built up my confidence in my shot, so hopefully I’ll take that over,” Duncan said.

WEBB INVITED TO NIKE ACADEMY

Junior forward James Webb III will attend the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., from June 26-30. The invitation-only event brings together 20 of the top collegiate players and is scheduled to feature instruction from NBA stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant.

The 2014-15 Mountain West Newcomer of the Year, Webb averaged 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds after redshirting the previous season following his transfer from North Idaho College. The 6-9 Webb has been pegged by some as a possible 2016 NBA Draft pick.

MARKS MAKING THE ROUNDS

Former Bronco guard Derrick Marks, the 2014-15 Mountain West Player of the Year, has seen his NBA attention ramp up. Marks will work out for the Grizzlies on Wednesday after a Tuesday workout for Nets officials. He also had a workout for the Clippers last week.

FORMER LB, STRENGTH COACH DIES

Jared Aurich died Monday at 36 after a battle with colon cancer.

Aurich played for Boise State from 2000-02, graduating in 2003, and was an assistant strength coach for three seasons before leaving for Colorado in May 2007. He most recently was the strength and conditioning coach at Puyallup (Wash.) High.

A page to support his wife and three children has been set up at www.gofundme.com/aurich.

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