USA Basketball Names 12 Athletes To Represent Nation At Inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Men
June 9, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Following the inaugural 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team training camp that began on June 6 and featured 19 of the nation's top young prep athletes, USA Basketball today announced the 12 players selected to represent the United States at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men.
The athletes, all of whom are 16-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1983), will continue to train twice a day through June 12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA will then travel to Mendoza, Argentina, in hopes of capturing the gold medal at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, June 17-21. 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.
-I love the makeup of this team," said 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team head coach Don Showalter, head coach of Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa). -I think we have several players that play different positions for us. Defensive-wise that's really big for us because we can have people switch and play other positions. I love the chemistry of this team. They really work well together, they seem to like each other and they trust each other."
Selected to represent USA Basketball at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship were: Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.); Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.); Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.); AndrÃ© Drummond (Capitol Preparatory Magnet School / Middletown, Conn.); 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.); Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.); L.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas); and Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.).
Showalter is being assisted in 2009 and 2010 by Herman Harried, head coach Lake Clifton High School (Md.), and Kevin Sutton, head coach at Montverde Academy (Fla.).
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 and bronze medal games will be contested June 21.
The USA has been 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 (5:00 p.m. EDT), the U.S. will face Venezuela on June 18 (1:00 p.m. EDT) and will close out preliminary round play against Puerto Rico on June 19 (5:00 p.m. EDT).