USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp Set To Kick Off With 54 Players
Fifty-four players are expected to take part in the eighth annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp on Oct. 8-9, 2016, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Micah Peavy (Dekaney H.S./Houston, TX) and D’Shawn Schwartz (Sand Creek H.S./Colorado Springs, Colo.) have been added to the roster; while Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.), Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science Academy, Conn./Corona, N.Y.), Gerald Doakes (Jacksonville Lighthouse/Jacksonville, Ark.) and Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette H.S./Meraux, La.), who previously were announced, will not be able to attend.
The players will train from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (all times are MDT) and 4:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 8 and from 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.
The minicamp is designed to familiarize players with USA Basketball and to help USA Basketball field competitive, experienced teams for upcoming competitions.
As it has been since the inaugural camp in 2009, the minicamp will be led by Don Showalter (USA Basketball Youth Division Director of Coach Development), who has led USA Basketball U16 and U17 teams to eight straight gold medals. Showalter will be assisted during the minicamp by six court coaches, including Jay Blossom (Webster Groves H.S., Mo.), Corey Frazier (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.), Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), A.J. Kuhle (Denver, Colo.), Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU) and Terrance Williams (ProScholars Athletics Cardinals AAU, N.Y.).
Fifteen players are slated to graduate high school in 2017 and are eligible for the 2017 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team and the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team; seven players born in 2000 are eligible for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team; and 32 players born in 2001 or 2002 are eligible for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team and the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team.
The 15 players eligible for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit and 2017 USA U19 teams include 12 gold medalists.
Twenty players will graduate high school in 2019 and 19 are from the class of 2020.
One set of teammates will attend minicamp together, including Bryan Antoine (Tinton Falls, N.J.) and Scottie Lewis (Hazlet, N.J.) from Ranney School in New Jersey.
Twenty-four states are represented, featuring seven players from Texas; four from California, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; three from Florida, Georgia, New York and Virginia; two from Alabama, Delaware, Minnesota and South Carolina; and one each from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Ranked on the 2017 ESPN 100 are: Michael Porter Jr. (Father Tolton Catholic H.S./Columbia, Mo.) second; Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.) third; Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.) fifth; Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.) seventh; Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.) eighth; Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.) 10th; Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.) 15th; P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep, Nev./Frisco, Texas) 16th; Austin Wiley (Spain Park H.S./Hoover, Ala.) 17th; Lonnie Walker (Reading H.S./Reading, Pa.) 19th; Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.) 22nd; Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas) 23rd; Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/Carmel, Ind.) 26th; Matt Coleman (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) 27th; and Schwartz 79th.
The 2019 ESPN 25 features: Trendon Watford (Mountain Brook H.S./Mountain Brook, Ala.) third; Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.) fifth; Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.) sixth; Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills H.S./Chino, Calif.) seventh; Antoine eighth; Christian Brown (A.C. Flora H.S./Hopkins, S.C.) 10th; Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate Academy/Columbia, S.C.) 12th; James Wiseman (The Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.) 13th; Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./New York, N.Y.) 14th; Lewis 16th; and Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.) 17th.