Eight Athletes Added To 2013-14 USA Menís Developmental National Team
-- USA Camp To Tip-Off May 30 In Colorado With 31 16-And-Unders --
May 28, 2013 ē Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Basketball today announced the addition of eight athletes, three of whom participated in the October 2012 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp, to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team. The pool of players from which the 2013 USA U16 National Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team will be selected now lists at 31 of the nationís top 16-and-unders (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997).
The USA squad, which begins training on May 30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will remain fluid, and additional athletes may be added to the roster over the next two years. The athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee.
Added to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Developmental National Team were: Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills H.S. / Chino Hills, Calif.); Terrance Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy / Flower Mound, Texas); Quentin Goodin (Taylor County H.S. / Campbellsville, Ky.); Jessie Govan (St. Maryís H.S. / Queens Village, N.Y.); Derrick Jones (Arch Bishop Carroll H.S. / Marcus Hook, Pa.); Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S. / West Linn, Ore.); Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.); and Kobi Simmons (St. Francis H.S. / Alpharetta, Ga.)
Govan, Ramsey and Pritchard attended the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, while the remaining five are new to USA Basketball.
†ďAfter looking at our initial roster we felt these eight guys would fit in to the mix as far as versatility and guard play, especially,Ē said USA head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa). ďTheyíre good additions to have. All eight of them have a great shot at making our USA U16 National Team, as do the other players we invited to begin with.
ďIím really excited to get started this week. We worked on the practice schedule and what we want to do as far as the first five practices. Itíll give everybody a great chance to show what they can do. Once we get it down to 12, we have to start building our team aspect of it. So, Iím really looking forward to it.Ē
The eight join previously announced USA team members Edrice Adebayo (Northside H.S. / Gatesville, N.C.); Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernardís School /Edison, N.J.); Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney H.S. / Rochester, N.Y.); Amir Coffey (Hopkins H.S. / New Hope, Minn.); Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College H.S. (DC) / Kensington, Md.); Eric Davis (Arthur Hill H.S. / Saginaw, Mich.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S. / Rice Lake, Wis.); Daniel Giddens (Wheeler H.S. / Mableton, Ga.); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Mustapha Heron (Wilbraham & Monson Academy / West Haven, Conn.); Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep / Southfield, Mich.); V.J. King (St. Vincent - St. Mary H.S. / Akron, Ohio); Joshua Langford (Madison Academy / Huntsville, Ala.); T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian H.S. / Lakeside, Calif.); Malik Monk (East Poinsett County H.S. / Lepanto, Ark.); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S. / Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop OíDowd H.S. / Oakland, Calif.); Horace Spencer (William Tennent H.S. / Warminster, Pa.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S. / Milwaukee, Wis.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep / St. Louis, Mo.); Derryck Thornton (Findlay Prep, Nev. / Simi Valley, Calif.); D.J. Williams (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.); and Seventh Woods (Hammond School / Columbia, S.C.).
In all, there are 12 athletes from the high school Class of 2015 and 19 from the Class of 2016. They hail from 21 different states, with California boasting the most with five. Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each have two representatives; while Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas each feature one athlete.
Members of the 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team will begin training at 5:00 p.m. (all times local, MDT) on May 30. From May 31 Ė June 6, the team will train twice a day, at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The final, 12-player USA U16 National Team will be announced prior to the team departing for Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Held June 11-15, the tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, with the top four finishing nations from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship advancing to the 2014 U17 Worlds.
Qualified to compete in the 2013 U16 Championship are Uruguay, as the host country; Canada and the United States as the North American entries; while Puerto Rico (gold medalist), Mexico (silver medalist) and Bahamas (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2012 Centrobasket U15 Championship; and Argentina (gold medalist) and Chile (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2012 South American U15 Championship. Uruguay captured the silver medal, which gave Chile, which defeated Brazil for the bronze, the final U16 berth.
USA Basketballís two prior U16 National Teams enjoyed great success. Traveling to Mendoza, Argentina, for the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009, the U.S. squad, which featured Bradley Beal, Quinn Cook and James McAdoo, was flat out impressive. Scoring an average of 113.0 points a game, the USA team won its five games by an average of 33.8 ppg. to claim the competitionís first gold medal. The 2011 U.S. squad, with the likes of Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker on its roster, was not much different, decimating opponents by an average margin of 42.2 ppg. en route to a perfect 5-0 mark and the gold medal.
Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball menís national team director, the 2013-14 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee also includes National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) appointees John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.) and Herman Harried (Lake Clifton Campus H.S., Md.); Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) representatives Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams AAU, Va.); at-large member Dave Telep (ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups, a 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball teams, and Gerry McNamara, who played on the 2005 USA World University Games Team.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for menís and womenís basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current menís and womenís champions in the Olympics, menís and womenís FIBA World Championships; womenís FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and womenís U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions; as well as winners of the womenís FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.