Three-Time USA Basketball Gold Medalist Terrance Ferguson Headlines USA Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp Roster
Headlined by three-time USA Basketball gold medalist Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/ Dallas, Texas), 26 athletes today were announced as participants in the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. Invitations to the camp were issued by USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse). Training camp to determine finalists for the USA U18 National Team will take place June 14-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will resume July 11-15 in Houston, and the final 12-member team will be announced prior to the team departing for Chile. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998). Led by University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart and assisted by collegiate head coaches Kevin Ollie from University of Connecticut and Mark Turgeon from University of Maryland, the USA U18 team will compete in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile. Not only is a gold medal at stake, the top four finishing teams will earn a qualifying berth in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
“The committee has invited a tremendously talented group to compete for one of the 12 spots on the USA U18 team,” said Boeheim. “I expect that competition for those spots to be fierce. The final roster will definitely be capable of defending the gold medal the USA U18 team won the last time out.”
Accepting invitations to participate in the 2016 USA U18 National Team training camp were: Jarrett Allen (St. Stephen's Episcopal School/Round Rock, Texas); Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School/New York, N.Y.); James Banks (La Lumiere School, Ind./Decatur, Ga.); Brian Bowen II (La Lumiere School, Ind./Saginaw, Mich.); Matt Coleman (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.); Javin DeLaurier (St.Anne's-Belfield School/Shipman, Va.); Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science Academy/Corona, N.Y.); Jalek Felton (Mullins H.S./Mullins, S.C.); Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ferguson; Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); Darren “D.J.” Harvey (DeMatha H.S./Bowie, Md.); Kevin Huerter (Shenendehowa Central H.S./Clifton Park, N.Y.); Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S./Sacramento, Calif.); David Nickelberry (Windermere Prep/Orlando, Fla.); John Petty (J.O. Johnson H.S./Huntsville, Ala.); Shamorie Ponds (Thomas Jefferson H.S./Brooklyn, N.Y.); Michael Porter Jr. (Father Tolton Catholic H.S./Columbia, Mo.); Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette H.S./New Orleans, La.); Jeremiah Tilmon II (La Lumiere School, Ind./East St. Louis, Ill.); Lonnie Walker (Reading H.S./Reading, Pa.); M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./College Park, Ga.); Paul ‘P.J.’ Washington (Findlay Prep, Nev./Frisco, Texas); Kris Wilkes (North Central H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); Cassius Winston (University of Detroit Jesuit H.S./Detroit, Mich.); and Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.).
Including Ferguson, who won gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, there are five athletes with international experience in a USA Basketball jersey, an additional six who have participated in at least one USA Basketball training camp and 15 USA Basketball newcomers.
Returning from helping the USA capture victory at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit are Allen, Ferguson and Fultz; Felton and Washington teamed up on the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team that finished with a 4-3 record and in eighth place at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship; while Bamba, Bowen, Coleman, Diallo, Harvey, Porter and Wilkes have taken part in a USA Basketball training camp.
Of the eight members of the high school class of 2016, seven have committed to attend and compete for an NCAA Division I school in the fall, including Banks (Texas), DeLaurier (Duke), Ferguson (Arizona), Fultz (Washington), Huerter (Maryland), Ponds (St. John’s) and Winston (Michigan State). The remaining 19 athletes will graduate high school in 2017, and of those, Felton (North Carolina) is the only one who has given a verbal commitment thus far.
Honored as their respective state’s 2016 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year were Huerter (New York), Petty (Alabama), Lonnie Walker (Pennsylvania), Winston (Michigan) and Young (Oklahoma).
Fultz was recognized as a 2016 USA Today All-USA second team and is one of four USA Today State Players of the Year. In addition to Fultz (Maryland), Ponds (New York), Winston (Michigan) and Young (Oklahoma) were named as their USA Today State Player of the Year.
In all, 18 athletes were named to USA Today USA All-State Boys Basketball teams. Bamba (Pennsylvania), DeLaurier (Virginia), Ferguson (Texas), Fultz, Green (Pennsylvania), Huerter (New York), Lonnie Walker (Pennsylvania), McCoy (California), Petty (Alabama), Ponds, Porter (Missouri), Winston and Young earned All-USA State first team honors; while Allen (Texas), Coleman (Virginia), Harvey (Maryland), Robinson (Louisiana) and M.J. Walker (Georgia) listed on their All-USA State second team.
Winston led the 2016 MaxPreps All-American honorees as a member of the All-American first team, Fultz earned MaxPreps All-American third team honors and Porter listed on the All-American fourth team.
MaxPreps named Porter to its 2016 Junior All-American first team; Bowen, Petty and Young were Junior All-American second team selections; Bamba and Green were named to the third team; and McCoy, Robinson, M.J. Walker, Lonnie Walker and Wilkes were 2016 Junior All-American honorable mentions.
Seventeen players rank among ESPN's Class of 2017 Top 60, including: Porter at No. 3, Bamba at No. 4, M.J. Walker at No. 8, McCoy at No. 9, Petty at No. 10, Diallo at No. 14, Harvey at No. 17, Washington at No. 19, Young at No. 20, Coleman at No. 21, Lonnie Walker at No. 23, Felton at No. 24, Bowen at No. 26, Wilkes at No. 27, Timon at No. 28, Green at No. 40, and Robinson at No. 45.
The 26 athletes hail from 16 states, with New York leading the way with four athletes on the roster. Texas is represented by three; Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia are represented by two athletes; while Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina have one athlete apiece attending the USA U18 training camp.
The USA team, playing in Group B, will open preliminary play July 19 against Puerto Rico, followed by a July 20 contest against host Chile and a July 21 clash versus the U.S. Virgin Islands. Group A teams include Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Dominican Republic.
After playing each of the teams in its preliminary round group, the top two finishing teams from each group advance to the July 22 semifinals, while the bottom two teams from each group will play out for fifth-eighth places. On July 23, the semifinal winners will meet in the gold medal game, and the semifinal losers will play in the bronze medal game.
In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee includes Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue), Lorenzo Romar (Washington) and athlete representative Curtis Sumpter.
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 48-2 in the U18 / Junior World Championship Qualifiers and won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
Past USA U18 team members of note include: Carmelo Anthony (2002); Chris Bosh (2002); Nick Collison (1998); Jonny Flynn (2006); Grant Hill (1990); Allan Houston (1990); Andre Iguodala (2002); Kyrie Irving (2010); Stanley Johnson (2014); Stephon Marbury (1994); Austin Rivers (2010); Kyle Singler (2006); Marcus Smart (2012); Jarnell Stokes (2012); Rasheed Sulaimon (2012); Kemba Walker (2008); Deron Williams (2002); and Justise Winslow (2014).