Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp Set To Begin On Tuesday
Colorado Springs, Colorado
A total of 24 of the country’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, will arrive on Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in hopes of making the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster. Headlining the group of invitees set to participate in training camp is a trio of high school seniors who each have two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball: Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas). In addition, eight others have at least attended a USA Basketball camp.
An original list of 21 invitees had been announced on May 5, 2014, however, three athletes withdrew due to personal reasons, reducing the list to 18. Six additional athletes accepted invitations to attend training camp, thus rounding out the list of invitees to the current 24.
The six athletes added to the training camp roster are:Antonio Blakeney (Oak Ridge H.S./Orlando, Fla.); Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas); Chase Jeter(Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/Elizaville, N.Y.); Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.); and Thomas Welsh (Loyola H.S./Redondo Beach, Calif.). Players unable to participate include P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley H.S./Columbia, S.C.); D’Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy (Fla.)/Louisville, Ky.) and Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep (Nev.)/Golden Valley, Minn.).
In addition to Johnson, Jones and Winslow, the 18 previously-announced training camp participants include: Leron Black (White Station H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Kameron Chatman (Columbia Christian School/Portland, Ore.); Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.); Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); JaKeenan Gant (Effingham County H.S./Springfield, Ga.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Dwayne Morgan (St. Francis Academy/Baltimore, Md.); Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic Academy/Hamilton, N.J.); Justin Simon(Temecula Valley H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); Glynn Watson (St. Joseph H.S./Westchester, Ill.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).
“I’m very excited about going through this process again,” said Billy Donovan, USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach, who led the 2012 U18 and 2013 U19 USA National Teams to gold and a combined 14-0 record. “I see a lot of talent in this group, similar to the past couple of summers, and I’m looking forward to coaching them. Having players with USA Basketball experience certainly helps, and I know these guys will be ready to compete. Our challenge once again will be to learn to function as a team and try to reach our potential in a short amount of time.”
Joining Donovan on the sideline as USA assistant coaches are collegiate head coaches Ed Cooley of Providence College and Sean Miller of the University of Arizona. Furthermore, Danny Manning (Wake Forest University), John Moore (Westmont College) and Steve Schmidt (Mott Community College) will serve as training camp court coaches, and will assist from June 10-12.
The training camp is scheduled to be held from June 10-19 at the USOTC, and will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the United States in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC from June 20-24.
The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Uruguay. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse University Hall of Famer head coach Jim Boeheim.
In all, 11 athletes have participated in at least a USA Basketball training camp.
Winslow won gold at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship; Johnson, Jones and Winslow teamed up to collect a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship; while Johnson and Jones earned a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Four players (Johnson, Jones, Turner, Winslow) were members of the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated a World Select Team 84-73 in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit this past April.
Jeter, Johnson, Jones and Turner participated in the 2013 USA Developmental National Team (DNT) mini-camp; Johnson, Jones, Morgan and Winslow were members of the 2011-12 USA DNT; Briscoe, Dorsey, Richardson and Zimmerman took part in the 2012 DNT mini-camp; while Black, Johnson and Jones first donned a USA Basketball jersey in the 2010 DNT mini-camp.
Seven were named as their respective Gatorade Boys Basketball State Player of the Year, including Black (Tennessee), Brunson (Illinois), Johnson (California), three-time Gatorade honoree Jones (Minnesota), Kennard (Ohio), Trier (Maryland), and two-time Gatorade award winner Winslow.
Jones, Turner and Winslow competed on the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game East Team, while Johnson and Welsh played for the West Team. Competing in the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic were: Chatman, Johnson, Jones, Turner and Winslow.
All of the nine members of the high school Class of 2014 have signed a National Letter of Intent with some of the nation’s top collegiate basketball programs. Black is heading to University of Illinois, Chatman will play for University of Michigan, Gant signed with University of Missouri, Johnson will compete for University of Arizona, Jones and Winslow inked with Duke University, Morgan will head to at UNLV, Turner will suit up for University of Texas, and Welsh will play for UCLA. Further, Chriss (University of Washington), Dorsey (Arizona), Grandstaff (The Ohio State University), Kennard (Duke), Lydon (Syracuse), Richardson (Syracuse) and Simon (Arizona) have given a verbal commitment to play collegiately in 2015-16.
Nine athletes will graduate high school in 2014, while the remaining 15 are slated to graduate in 2015. The athletes hail from 14 different states, with California boasting the most with five athletes; Texas is next with three representatives; while Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey and Nevada have two representatives each. Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington each have a single representative on the roster.
In addition to Boeheim, members of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee include NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson College), Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar(University of Washington); while the athlete representative is Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 Pan American Games 2004 USA U20 National teams.
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2006 championship and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
USA men’s teams are 43-2 in the U18/Junior World Championship Qualifiers and have won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
Some of the top players to have suited up for the USA in the U18 zone championship include: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1994); Carmelo Anthony (2002); Michael Beasley (2006); Chris Bosh (2002); Dee Brown (2002);Nick Collison (1998); Jonny Flynn (2006); Spencer Hawes (2006); Grant Hill (1990); Allan Houston (1990);Andre Iguodala (2002); Kyrie Irving (2010); Stephon Marbury (1994); Mike Miller (1998); Quentin Richardson (1998); Austin Rivers (2010); Kyle Singler (2006); Marcus Smart (2012); Jarnell Stokes (2012);Rasheed Sulaimon (2012); Kemba Walker (2008); and Deron Williams (2002).
Competing against the USA at the U18s have been notable internationals such as: Leandro Barbosa (Brazil) in 1994; Jose Barea (Puerto Rico) in 2002; Gregory Echenique (Venezuela) in 2008; Juan Fernandez(Argentina) in 2008; Todd MacCulloch (Canada) in 1994; Jamal Magloire (Canada) in 1994; Raul Neto (Brazil) in 2010; Peter Ramos (Puerto Rico) in 2002; Luis Scola (Argentina) in 1998; Tiago Splitter (Brazil) in 2002;Andrew Wiggins (Canada) in 2012; and Jesse Young (Canada) in 1998.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s 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 competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships. USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; Nike Hoop Summit; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA
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