2011-12 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Announced
Colorado Springs, Colo. ē March 24, 2011
Twenty-four of the nationís top 16-and-under basketball standouts, including 18 who participated in the Oct. 2010 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, have been named to the 2011-12 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team, USA Basketball today announced. The 2011 USA U16 National Team and 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee.
Two-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa) returns for a second stint as the USA Developmental National Team head coach after guiding the USA to perfect records and gold medals at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Showalter will be assisted over the next two years by Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Mike Jones (DeMatha High School, Md.).
ďWeíre pretty familiar with 18 of the kids and the majority of them have had really good high school years with their varsity teams,Ē said Showalter. ďThe difference from last fall to this year will be significant. Weíll be able to see a big difference in their mental and physical abilities, their mental toughness, from last fall. So, Iím really looking forward to those 18 coming in and seeing how much theyíve improved.
ďThen weíll have six more kids who werenít with us last fall, but who have had really good years. You try and get the best group you can and these guys really stepped up to the plate during their high school seasons. I think thatís why the committee chose them to come in for the training camp.
ďIím looking forward to this. Weíve got kids who can play multiple positions. We have some good shot blockers there who we can take a hard look at. Theyíre all good athletes, they run the court really well. We like to put points on the board and I think this group can do that.Ē
The 18 athletes named to the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team who participated in the 2010 USA mini-camp include: Shaqquan Aaron (Mater Dei H.S. / Apple Valley, Calif.); Larry Austin (Lamphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Anton Beard (Parkview Magnet School / Little Rock, Ark.); James Blackmon, Jr. (Bishop Leuers H.S. / Fort Wayne, Ind.); Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Stephen Domingo (St. Ignatius Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Arch Bishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Dakari Johnson (St. Patrick H.S., N.J. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Malik Price-Martin (Monsignor Edward Pace H.S. / Miami, Fla.); Theo Pinson (Oakridge Military Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); Jordan Swopshire (Fort Zumwalt South H.S. / Ofallon, Mo.); Charles Tucker (Lansing Eastern H.S. / Lansing, Mich.); and Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.).
Also named to the 2011-12 USA squad were: Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Hyattsville, Md.); Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S. / Camby, Ind.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro H.S. / Greensboro, Ala.); Paul White (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); and Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln H.S. / Brooklyn, N.Y.).
The official 12-member 2011 USA Menís U16 National Team will be selected during training camp for the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team, which will take place June 10-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
The 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be held June 21-25 in Leůn, Mexico. Teams qualified for the eight-nation tournament include: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States, Venezuela and two still to be determined. The top three finishing teams will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled for June 29 Ė July 12 in Lithuania.
The 24 players hail from 15 different states, with Illinois represented by a high of five players, followed by California with four and Indiana with two athletes. Alabama Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee are each represented by one player; while one player hails from New York, but competes in New Jersey.
Six players have helped their teams to national rankings by USA Today (all rankings and records as of 3/22/11). Dakari Johnson has helped St. Patrick to a 26-1 slate and a No. 2 national ranking; Simeon, which features Nunn and Parker, is currently ranked No. 9 in the country and owns a 30-2 record; Aaron and Stanley Johnson have led Mater Dei to a 31-3 record and a No. 11 national ranking; while Gordonís Archbiship Mitty squad is No. 19 with a 31-2 record. Additionally, Whitehead and Lincoln are ranked No. 9 in the East Region with a 28-3 mark.
ďThe challenge will be to see how well they come together,Ē Showalter added. ďThe talentís pretty good. I hate to say this, you hate to compare them to the last group, but we were really good the last two years. What made them so good is that they bought into team play. When youíre bringing guys like Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Tony Wroten off the bench, who willingly did it for the good of the team, thatís a huge factor. Itís going to take a little work to mesh these guys into the same kind of a team atmosphere, but thatís the job of our coaching staff.Ē
The 2011-12 USA team member selections were made by the USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee. Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Menís National Team Director, the USA Menís Developmental National Team Committee also includes AAU appointees Ron Crawford and Boo Williams, National Federation of High Schools representatives Eric Flannery and John Olive and athlete representative Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
In the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was held in Mendoza, Argentina, the U.S. squad was flat out impressive. Scoring an average of 113.0 points a game, the USA won its five games by an average of 33.8 points a game to claim the competitionís first gold medal and qualify the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA U17 World Championship. The 2011 USA U17 squad also dominated opponents, winning its eight games by an average of 34.9 points a game, en route to gold. Brad Beal, Quinn Cook, James McAdoo and Adonis Thomas were members of the Ď09 U16 squad, claimed their second gold medal for the U.S. at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, and are scheduled to compete for their third USA Basketball squad at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit.
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