Fifty-Three Players Set To Participate In 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October 4-5 Mini-Camp
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fifty-three of the nation’s top high school aged basketball players will convene on the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the 6th annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team mini-camp on Oct. 4-5.
The training camp will be used to continue player evaluations and to get a start on preparations for several upcoming international competitions, including in 2015 the Nike Hoop Summit, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, as well as for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Accepting invitations to attend the USA Basketball Junior National Team Mimi-Camp were Chase Adams (Marian Central Catholic H.S./Park Forest, IL); Marvin Bagley, III (Corona del Sol H.S./Tempe, Ariz.); Michael Barber (The Veritas School/Jackson, Miss.); Brian Bowen (Arthur Hill H.S./Saginaw, Mich.); Isaiah Briscoe (Saint Benedict’s Prep/Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jordan Brown (Wood Creek H.S./Roseville, Calif.); Marquis Brown (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.); Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Harrison Butler (Mater Dei Catholic H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.); Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); Matthew Coleman (M.F. Maury H.S./Norfolk, Va.); Trevon Duval (St. Benedicts H.S./New Castle, Del.); Nojel Eastern (Evanston Township H.S./Evanston, Ill.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.); Jalek Felton (Mullins H.S./Mullins, S.C.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/ Nashville, Tenn.); Chris Giles (Plano West Senior H.S./Plano, Texas); Carte'Are Gordon (St. John Vianney H.S./St. Louis, Mo.); Jaylen Hands (Mater Dei Catholic H.S./Chula Vista, Calif.); D.J. Harvey (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Bowie, Md.); Markus Howard (Perry H.S./Chandler, Ariz.); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Brandon Johns (East Lansing H.S./Lansing, Mich.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Joshua LeBlanc (Madison Preparatory Academy/Baton Rouge, La.); Ira Lee (Sierra Canyon School/San Pedro, Calif.); James Lewis (Flat Rock H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/Pine Plains, N.Y.); Charles Matthews (Saint Rita H.S./Chicago, Ill.); EJ Montgomery Jr. (Montverde Academy/Port Saint Lucie, Fla.); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Reginald Perry (Maclay School/Tallahassee, FL); Michael Porter Jr. (Father Tolton Catholic H.S./Columbia, MO); Cameron Reddish (The Haverford School/Norristown, Pa.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O'Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Nazreon Reid (Roselle Catholic H.S./Asbury Park, N.J.); David Sloan (Taylor County H.S./Campbellsville, Ky.); Javonte Smart (Scottlandville H.S./Baton Rouge, La.); Cassius Stanley (Sierra Canyon H.S./Encino, Calif.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead Senior H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian H.S., D.C./Rockville, Md.); Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep/Houston, Texas); Connor Vanover (Arkansas Baptist H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Paul Washington (Lone Star H.S./Frisco, Texas); Jimmy Whitt (Columbia-Hickman H.S./ Columbia, Mo.); Austin Wiley (Spain Park H.S./Hoover, Ala.); DJ Williams (Simeon Career Academy/ Chicago, Ill.); DeShang Williams-Weaver (Cy Falls H.S./Houston, Texas); Robert Woodard (Columbus H.S./Columbus, Miss.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).
The collection of players for the 2014 USA Basketball mini-camp features 20 members of the Class of 2018, 17 from the Class of 2017, and 16 from the Class of 2015.
Twenty-nine of the players (born on or after Jan. 1, 1999) attending the mini-camp are eligible for selection for the 2015-16 USA Basketball Junior National Team program and the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team.
Eight players (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) are eligible for consideration for the 2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team, while the 16 players from the Class of 2015 are eligible for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit and 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team.
“USA Basketball is excited about the level of talent that the players attending the Oct. 4-5 USA Junior National Team mini-camp possess,” said Sean Ford, USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director and Chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. “This mini-camp is an important component in the success USA Basketball has been able to achieve and maintain at the U16, U17 and Nike Hoop Summit competitions.”
The 2014 USA Basketball mini-camp will again be led by Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S./Iowa City, Iowa), who has directed USA teams to six gold medal finishes as head coach of the USA Basketball Developmental National Team since 2009. Under Showalter, USA teams have won three FIBA U17 World Championships (2010, 2012, and 2014), and three FIBA Americas U16 Championships (2009, 2011 and 2013).
The mini-camp schedule will include training sessions from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:15-7 p.m. (times listed are Mountain Daylight) on Saturday, Oct. 4, and at 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.
“I look forward to working with a new group of players in October,” Showalter said. “We have expanded the group to include players eligible for three different age groups, and within that mix we have some players who already have USA Basketball experience and who have won gold medals as well as a lot of players who are new to USA Basketball. It will also again be a pleasure to work with a great group of court coaches who have USA basketball experience and to have Sharman White join this group.
“This will be a great weekend for all of the players and it will help us get a head start with our preparations for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and FIBA Americas U18 Championship.”
Named court coaches to assist Showalter during the mini-camp were Cory Alexander (Boo Williams AAU, Va.), Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio), L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC, Kansas), Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.) and Sharman White (Miller Grove H.S., Ga.).
Jones was head coach of the 2014 and 2013 USA Nike Hoop Summit Teams, and an assistant coach at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. He also was an assistant for the 2011-12 DNT, winning gold medals at the 2012 FIBAS U1 World Championship and 2016 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and he assisted the East Team to a bronze medal at the 2004 USA Men’s Youth Development Festival. Alexander, a former NBA player and University of Virginia star, was an assistant for the USA in the 2014 and 2013 Nike Hoop Summits, and he has played on three USA Basketball teams. He earned gold with the USA at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship, silver at the 1992 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and bronze with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival. Flannery and Goolsby were most recently was an assistant coaches for the gold medalist 2014 USA U17 World Championship and 2013 USA U16 Championship teams.
Fourteen of the participating players boast of prior USA Basketball experience. Five players – Ellenson, Newman, Rabb, Stone and Swanigan - were part of the 2014 USA U17 World Championship gold medalist team. Eight players – Briscoe, Brown, Brunson, Jeter, Kennard, Lydon, Trier and Zimmerman - were members of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Additionally, DJ Williams was a participant in the 2014 U17 training camp.
Twenty-five states have players slated to participate in the mini-camp, led by California and Illinois with six each, while Texas features four; Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri and Nevada have three each; Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin have two each; and Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia each have one player included on the roster.
The Class of 2015 participants includes eight of the top 10 ranked players by ESPN, and all 16 Class of 2015 players are among ESPN’s top 68 ranked players. Among ESPN’s Class of 2015 rankings are Jaylen Brown (No. 2), Newman (No. 3), Ellenson (No. 4), Rabb (No. 5), Stone (No. 6), Swanigan (No. 8), Jeter (No. 9), Zimmerman (No. 10), Briscoe (No. 13), Trier (No. 17), Brunson (No. 23), Kennard (No. 26), Matthews (No. 44), Lydon (No. 49), Williams (No. 50) and Whitt (No. 68).
Additionally, nine players from the Class of 2017 are listed among ESPN’s top 14 ranked players for the class, including Troy Brown Jr. (No. 2), Vanderbilt (No. 3), Porter (No. 5), Bowen (No. 6), Felton (No. 7), Washington (No. 9), Carter (No. 12), Wiley (No. 13) and Duvall (No. 14).
Since the inception of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009 and the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010, USA Basketball men’s teams have dominated the competitions and won six consecutive gold medals and compiled a perfect 38-0 record at the U16 and U17 championships. Additionally, the United States has won three consecutive FIBA Americas U18 Championships.
The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee issued invitations to attend camp. In addition to Ford, the committee 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.); 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.