USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp Expected To Tip-Off June 14 With 26 Athletes
With the addition of Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep, WVa./Flint, Mich.); Chaundee Brown (The First Academy/Orlando, Fla.) and Jordan Tucker (Archbishop Stepinac H.S./White Plains, N.Y.), 26 athletes are expected to attend the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp starting on June 14 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), which will also select the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
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. The finalists will resume training 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.
Additionally, Chris Mack from Xavier University, Jerry Nichols from Southwest Tennessee Community College and Joe Niland from the University of Mobile will serve as court coaches during the U18 training camp.
Expected to participate in the 2016 USA U18 National Team training camp are: 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.); Bridges; Brown; Matt Coleman (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.); Javin DeLaurier (St.Anne's-Belfield School/Shipman, Va.); Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science Academy/Corona, N.Y.); Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Quade Green (Newmann-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.); Tucker; 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.).
Bridges, who has signed to play for Michigan State University in the fall, helped lead Huntington Prep to a 25-11 record in 2015-16. He was a 2016 McDonald’s All-American and competed in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic.
Brown averaged 19.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game as a junior in 2015-16 in leading First Academy to a 26-6 record, the Florida Class 3A-4 District title and the state semifinals. He was named 2016 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops All-Florida Class 3A co-Player of the Year and All-3A first team.
Tucker aided Archbishop Stepinac to the second round of the 2016 Catholic High School Athletic Association City playoffs and averaged 17.8 ppg., 9.6 rpg. and 2.7 apg. as a junior in 2015-16.
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).