Inaugural USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team To Feature Country's Top Young Talent
May 28, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Twenty-one of the nation's top young prep athletes have been named to the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team, USA Basketball announced today. The 2009 USA U16 National Team and 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members. Athlete invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee.
The USA Developmental National Team will first look to capture the gold medal at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, slated to be held June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina, and qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. In order to be eligible for these age-based events, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen born on or after January 1, 1993.
The invited athletes will train June 6-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-member team that will represent the U.S. this summer will be announced prior to the USA's June 13 departure for Argentina.
Included on the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team are: Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.); Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic School / Fairview, N.J.); Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.); K.C. Caudill (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.); Angelo Chol (Herbert Hoover H.S. / San Diego, Calif.); Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.); AndrÃ© Drummond (Capitol Preparatory Magnet School / Middletown, Conn.); Perry Ellis (Wichita Heights H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep / Scotch Plains, N.J.); Brandan Kearney (Southeastern H.S. / Detroit, Mich.); James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.); Johnny O'Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.); Norvel Pelle (Dominguez H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.); Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.); L.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas); Mike Shaw (De La Salle Institute / Chicago, Ill.); Marquis Teague (Pike H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.); Kevin Ware (Rockdale County H.S. / Conyers, Ga.); and Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S. / Renton, Wash.).
-I think we've got a very talented group of guys," said 2009-10 USA Developmental National Team head coach Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa). -Everyone I've talked to at the major college level, the scouting services and from the kids I've seen personally, pretty much agrees that these are the top kids in the under 16 age group. They're all going to be high major college players. It'll be a great chance for them to play together and see how they stack up against the best kids in their grade.
-One of the things that we need to do from the start is make it clear that this is about building a team. We're not playing an all-star game. We have to make sure the kids understand about how difficult the competition is going to be. It's not like we're going out and playing another AAU team or just another tournament. It's a very, very high level of competition and as soon as we make the kids understand that, we'll be better off.
-Overall we're going to concentrate on defense. I think we have the kids to be able to play a good, sound, up-court pressing defensive game. The five that we have on the floor at any given time may not be as talented as someone else's five, like Argentina, but I think the 12 kids we take down there are going to be better than anyone else's 12. We're going to have the depth to be able to use our bench. We want to make sure that our kids really have the attitude that if they go in for four or five minutes and give it their all, it's going to be a huge factor in determining the outcome of the game."
Showalter will be assisted in 2009 and 2010 by Herman Harried, head coach Lake Clifton High School (Md.), and Kevin Sutton, head coach at Montverde Academy (Fla.).
Included on the 2009-10 USA Developmental National Team roster are five prep athletes from the high school class of 2012 and 16 who are set to graduate high school in 2011.
Ellis, who as a freshman was awarded the 2009 Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year, led his team to the Kansas Class 6A state championship. Also winning state tournament titles this season were Beal (Missouri Class 5A), Cook (Washington, D.C., city champions) and Parker (Georgia Class 4A).
Justin Anderson's Montrose Christian team closed out the season ranked by USA Today as No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in the East Region, after posting a 22-3 record and a National High School Invitational semifinal finish. Montrose Christian also ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 6 in the East Region on the ESPN Rise Fab 50 listing. Also helping their schools notch ESPN Rise Fab 50 rankings were: Kyle Anderson (No. 47 / No. 16, East), Beal (No. 10, Southwest), Cook (No. 8 / No. 5, East), Ellis (No. 48 / No. 7, Southwest), Parker (No. 38 / No. 6, Southeast) and Pelle (No. 42 / No. 10, West).
Earning all-state honors for their play this season were Beal, Caudill, Chol, Ellis, Kearney, McAdoo, O'Bryant, Randle, Rose, Shaw, Thomas and Wroten.
Further, 14 players received recognition among their all-area, all-league and/or all-district teams for their play in 2008-09, including Beal, Caudill, Chol, Drummond, Ellis, Gibbs, Kearney, McAdoo, O'Bryant, Randle, Rose, Shaw, Teague, Thomas and Wroten.
The eight-team tournament in 2009 will feature U16 national teams from the FIBA Americas Zone, which includes North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Preliminary round-robin play will take place June 17-19, with the top two teams from each preliminary group advancing to the June 20 semifinals. The gold medal will be contested June 21. The top three finishing nations will qualify to compete in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship (July TBD / Hamburg, Germany), against U17 national teams from around the globe.
The USA was placed in Group A along with Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela; while Group B consists of host Argentina, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. Opening against Brazil on June 17, the U.S. will face Venezuela on June 18 and will close out preliminary round play against Puerto Rico on June 19.
Chaired by USA Basketball Men's National Teams Director Sean Ford (non-voting chair), the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team features five voting members: Ron Crawford, head of the Arkansas Wings AAU program and Boo Williams, head of the Boo Williams Summer League (Va.) were appointed by the AAU; Eric Flannery, head coach at St. Edwards High School (Ohio) and John Olive, head coach at Torrey Pines High School (Calif.) were appointed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS); while 1999 USA Pan American Games Team member Kermit Holmes serves as the athlete representative.