33 Set To Vie For Spot On 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Of the 38-member 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, 33 are scheduled to take to the court at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, beginning July 24 to vie for a roster spot on the 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on July 26 and the 12-member 2014 USA U17 squad will be named prior to Aug. 1.
The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship For Men, hosted Aug. 8-16 by Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will feature 16 national teams that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments. Players eligible for this competition must be citizens of the country they represent and have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Two-time defending U17 gold medalist, the USA has a perfect 16-0 record at the U17s. The U.S. qualified for this year’s U17s by virtue of its gold-medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The USA Developmental National Team will train once on July 24, from 5-7:30 p.m. (all times listed are MDT) and with the exception of a lone 8:30-10:30 a.m. practice on July 26, the squad will practice twice daily through Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again from 4:30-7 p.m.
Prior to traveling to Dubai on Aug. 6, the U.S. squad will spend Aug. 3-5 training in Doha, Qatar. Following a practice on Aug. 7, the USA U17 World Championship Team will open play on Aug. 8 against Greece, followed by an Aug. 9 contest versus Angola and a final preliminary-round game against the Philippines on Aug. 11. The round of 16 will be contested Aug. 12, quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 14, semifinals on Aug. 15 and the finals will take place Aug. 16.
The 33 members of the USA Developmental National Team expected to train in Colorado Springs on July 24 are: Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School/ Edison, N.J.); Terrell Brown (St. Andrew’s School/ Barrington, R.I.); Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney H.S./Rochester, N.Y.); Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.); Amir Coffey (Hopkins H.S./New Hope, Minn.); Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College H.S., D.C./Kensington, Md.); Eric Davis (Arthur Hill H.S./Saginaw, Mich.); Juwan Durham (Tampa Preparatory School/Tampa, Fla.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.); Terrence Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas); De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S./Katy, Texas); Daniel Giddens (Wheeler H.S./ Mableton, Ga.); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.); Quentin Goodin (Taylor County H.S./Campbellsville, Ky.); Jessie Govan (St. Mary’s High School/Queens Village, N.Y.); Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart H.S./West Haven, Conn.); Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ 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 (Bentonville H.S./Bentonville, Ark.); Doral Moore (Luella H.S./Locust Grove, Ga.); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif.); Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Kobi Simmons (St. Francis H.S./ Alpharetta, Ga.); Dennis Smith Jr. (Trinity Christian School/Fayetteville, N.C.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.); Derryck Thornton (Findlay Prep, Nev./Simi Valley, Calif.) and D.J. Williams (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.).
Seventh Woods (Hammond School/Columbia, S.C.), who won gold last summer with the 2016 USA U16 National Team will participate in team meetings, but is injured and unable to compete for a spot on this year’s team.
Edrice Adebayo (Northside H.S./Gatesville, N.C.); Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills H.S. / Chino Hills, Calif.); Derrick Jones (Arch Bishop Carroll H.S./Marcus Hook, Pa.) and Horace Spencer (William Tennent H.S./Warminster, Pa.) are members of the 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team, but are unable to participate in the July training camp.
Among the athletes at the U17 training camp will be all 12 players that won gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, including tournament MVP Newman; as well as Bryant, Ferguson, Giddens, Giles, Jackson, King, Rabb, Ramsey, Stone, Tatum and Woods.
With the exception of Smith and Swanigan, every member of the USA Developmental National Team attending the July camp has participated in at least one USA Developmental National Team camp over the past two years.
Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S./Iowa City, Iowa), who directed the USA to gold medals at the 2010 and 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2009, 2011 and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships, returns as head coach. Joining Showalter on the sideline as USA assistant coaches are Eric Flannery (St. Edward High School, Ohio) and L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC, Kan.).
In addition to UAE and the USA, qualified for the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championship are: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Spain.
2010 was the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men. The USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record and Brad Beal was tabbed MVP of the tournament of the biennial event. In 2012 Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again rolled up a perfect 8-0 slate en route to gold.
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