Forty-Eight Players To Participate In October 4-5 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Mini-Camp
Forty-eight of the nation’s top high school aged basketball players will gather 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.
Expected to attend the USA Basketball Junior National Team Mimi-Camp are Chase Adams (Marian 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.); 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.); Charles Matthews (Saint Rita H.S./Chicago, Ill.); EJ Montgomery Jr. (Montverde Academy/Port Saint Lucie, Fla.); Reginald Perry (Maclay School/Tallahassee, FL); Michael Porter Jr. (Father Tolton Catholic H.S./Columbia, MO);Cameron Reddish (The Haverford School/Norristown, Pa.); 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.); Caleb Swanigan(Homestead Senior H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./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 11 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 all 11 players from the Class of 2015 are eligible for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit and 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team.
Twenty-four states have players slated to participate in the mini-camp, led by Illinois with six, while California has five, Texas features four; Georgia, Missouri and Nevada have three each; Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan and Mississippi have two each; and Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin each have one player included on the roster.
The 2014 USA Basketball mini-camp will 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).
Named court coaches to assist Showalter during the mini-camp were Cory Alexander (Team Takeover AAU, D.C.), 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.).
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.”
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.