33 Set For USA Men's Developmental National Team Mini Camp
-- Mini-Camp To Be Held Oct. 9-10 At U.S. Olympic Training Center --
September 29, 2010 ē Colorado Springs, Colorado
Featuring 14 of the nationís top sophomores and 19 premiere freshmen, USA Basketball today announced that 33 players aged 14 and 15 years old have accepted invitations from the USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee to attend the 2010 USA Menís Developmental National Team mini-camp that will be held Oct. 9-10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp will be utilized to help identify players for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team program and to help prepare the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship (dates and site TBA). The 2011 USA Basketball U16 Championship Team will be comprised of Developmental National Team members, and in order to be eligible, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
Participating in the October mini-camp are: Shaqquan Aaron (Mater Dei H.S. / Apple Valley, Calif.); Nathan Adrian (Morgantown H.S. /Morgantown, W.Va.); Larry Austin (Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Anton Beard (Parkview Magnet H.S. / Little Rock, Ark.); Leron Black (White Station H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); James Blackmon, Jr. (Bishop Luers H.S. / Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jonathan Carson (Messmer H.S. / Milwaukee, Wis.); Parker Cartwright (Loyola H.S. / Valley Glen, Calif.); Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Eric Cooper, Jr. (Lutheran H.S. / Ontario, Calif.); Devin Davis (Warren Central H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Jackson Davis (Lafayette H.S. / Lexington, Ky.); Stephen Domingo (Saint Ignatius College Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); Demonte Flannigan (Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S. / Richmond Heights, Ohio); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Tyler Herrron (St. Edward H.S. / Willoughby Hills, Ohio); Ikenna Iroegbu (Franklin H.S. / Elk Grove, 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.); Khadeem Lattin (Second Baptist H.S. / Houston, Texas); Jalen Lindsey (Christ Presbyterian Academy / Franklin, Tenn.); Kennedy Meeks (West Charlotte H.S. / Charlotte, N.C.); 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 (Oak Ridge Military Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); Jordan Swopshire (Fort Zumwalt West H.S. / OíFallon, Mo.); Charles Tucker (Lansing Eastern H.S. / Lansing, Mich.); Johnnie Vassar (Lawrence Academy (Mass.) / Chicago, Ill.); Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johnís School / Houston, Texas).
ďWeíre going to find out a lot about the 33 who come to the mini-camp. We like kids that can play different positions, we like kids that are athletic that can play defense, and I think weíre going to find all that out during the mini-camp,Ē said Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coach Don Showalter, who will direct the players during the mini-camp and who led the U.S. to gold medal finishes at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
ďWe plan to work them pretty hard but yet give them some time to show what they can do in scrimmage situations. Iím really looking forward to it. Itís the first time weíve done an October mini-camp with U16 players so itís going to be a learning experience for all of us.
ďThe fun part of this at this age is getting these kids as they prepare for their high school careers and before they really get off on the AAU circuits and high school tournaments. This gives us a chance to look at them and give them some of the structure and information of what USA Basketball is all about early in their career. I think thatís a definite advantage for USA Basketball and for these kids,Ē Showalter added.
The 2010 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp participants will train twice a day on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, with training sessions scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. (MDT) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The 33 players hail from 18 different states, with California represented by a high of seven players, followed by Illinois with four, Tennessee with three, while Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas feature two players each. Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin are each represented by one player.
Assisting Showalter during the mini-camp will be Eric Flannery, 2010 USA Basketball Boys Youth Olympic Games head coach and head coach at St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio), Mike Jones, head coach at Dematha High School (Hyattsville, Md.), and John Olive, 2009 USA Basketball Junior Select Team head mentor for the Nike Hoop Summit and head coach at Torrey Pines High School (Encinitas, Calif.). Serving as court coaches during the mini-camp sessions are Terry Dunn, head coach at Sierra High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Brandon Monson, head coach at The Classical Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
USA Basketball currently finds its teams ranked No. 1 in every FIBA world ranking category including the FIBA Boys World Ranking which takes into consideration results from the FIBA U17 and U19 World Championships and the FIBA Americas U16 and U18 championships.
Twenty-two players were named members of the inaugural 2009-10 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team program. Players from the Developmental National Team roster were selected to represent the USA at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Led by Showalter, the 2009 USA U16 squad finished a perfect 5-0 to win the FIBA Americas championship and qualify the U.S. for 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The USA U16 squad averaged 113.0 points a game and won its five games by an average of 33.8 points per game. The USA dominated the tournament statistics, leading the eight nations in 12 of 19 statistical categories.
This past summer, Showalter directed the Americans to flawless 8-0 record and the gold medal finish at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany. The U.S. average margin of victory was 34.9 points a game as the offense poured in 107.5 points a game.
The 2010 mini-camp player selections were made by the USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team Committee. The committee is chaired by USA Basketball Menís National Teams Director Sean Ford (non-voting chair), and 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; Flannery and Olive 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.