L.J. Peak's passport was stampless until last November when the Georgetown freshman traveled with his team to the Bahamas. Another international sojourn was already on the calendar for the rising sophomore as the Hoyas are heading to Italy in August.
Clearly Peak couldn't wait that long for a European adventure so the South Carolina native went ahead and made the USA U19 squad headed to Greece for the World Championships.
The slashing forward heads across the pond Sunday after learning this week that he was one of 12 players to survive final cuts. In the midst of prepping for his next overseas experience, Peak answered questions about the Team USA experience via Georgetown SID Mex Carey.
"I’m really excited about our trip," Peak said. "Coming to Georgetown, I never really thought about the opportunity to do something like this, but to get these opportunities means a lot and it’s very special.
Peak is building off a strong first year on the Hilltop. Named to the Big East All-Rookie team, the 6-foot-5 swingman with a penchant for attacking the rim averaged 7.9 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 32 of 33 games this season.
On his experience trying out for the team in Colorado Springs: "It’s going good. I’m learning a lot from other all of the other coaches and just really trying to take it all in."
On his goals beyond making the team: "I just see it as a learning experience. It’s cool to be out here and be a part of USA Basketball, but it’s a great learning experience and I just look at it as a chance to get better."
On the challenge of working together as a team when they haven't been teammates for very long: "I’ve known a lot of these guys, but when you come out here it’s about being on the same page, meeting together and working hard to be a better team."
On getting to wear the USA jersey: "It means a lot to me (getting to represent the United States), just knowing I got the opportunity to be selected. And to be able to do it as a representative of Georgetown, it means even more. I Just want to be a positive example coming here."
The World Championships take place June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.