menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share

E-Team

Shop

WEAR WHAT THE TEAM WEARS

Shop Now USA Basketball
De'Vion Harmon

Twenty-Four Top 16-and-Unders To Attend 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team Training Camp

  • Date:
    Mar 20, 2017

Twenty-four of the nation’s top young male basketball players, 23 of whom participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team’s October minicamp, have accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team training camp, which will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men. The 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be held June 14-18 in Argentina (city TBD), and the top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for Men.

The 24 athletes expected to attend training camp, set to tip-off June 1 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are: Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Seton Hall Prep School/Short Hills, N.J.); Posh Alexander (Our Saviour Lutheran School/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Dudley Blackwell (Westminster Academy/Miramar, Fla.); Gregory Brown III (Vandegrift H.S./Austin, Texas); Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Jy'are Davis (Sanford School/Newark, Del.); Zachary Dieterich-Harvey (Hayden H.S./Topeka, Kan.); Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./Willow Grove, Pa.); Xavier Foster (Oskaloosa H.S./Oskaloosa, Iowa); Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate Academy/Columbia, S.C.); Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.); Lynn Greer III (Roman Catholic H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); R.J. Hampton (Little Elm H.S./Little Elm, Texas); De'Vion Harmon (Denton Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Adolfo Camarillo H.S./Camarillo, Calif.); Justin Lewis (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.); Micah Peavy (DeKaney H.S./Houston, Texas); Jaden Springer (Rocky River H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Isaiah Stewart (McQuaid Jesuit H.S./Rochester, N.Y.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy H.S./St. Paul, Minn.); Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.); and James Wiseman (The Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.).

“It’s a good group, as far as having a lot of versatility with guys who can play a lot of different positions,” said USA U16 National Team head coach Don Showalter, who has coached USA U16/U17 national teams to eight-straight gold medals since 2009. “We have a good backcourt with guys who can play point guard, off guard, wing. Then we have a good frontcourt, where they can kind of intermix with post players, back-to-the-basket types of players, and then face the basket. That helps. We need that for international competition. And we have a good crew overall, as far as our defensive philosophy is concerned. We’re going to be able to pressure the ball and play good defense. So, those are the two things that we’re looking for in this group.”

Invitations to the training camp were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 16 years old or younger (born on or after 1/1/2001) and U.S. citizens.

All but Suggs participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team minicamp, which was used as an introductory camp to USA Basketball for this age group.

Sixteen states are represented on the roster, led by four from Texas; two apiece from California, Florida, North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania; while Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are represented by one athlete apiece.

Listed on the training camp roster are 10 athletes scheduled to graduate high school in 2019 and 14 who are in the high school class of 2020. 

The shortest athlete is Alexander at 5-foot-11, while Carey, Todd and Wiseman, who each stand at 6-foot-10, list as the tallest.

Showalter will be assisted on the sideline by Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.), both of whom tackle their first USA Basketball coaching assignments this summer.

The 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Qualified to compete at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship are Canada and the United States as the North American entries; while Puerto Rico (gold medalist), Dominican Republic (silver medalist) and Mexico (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2016 Centrobasket U15 Championship; and Argentina (gold medalist), Paraguay (silver medalist) and Venezuela (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2016 South American U15 Championship.

USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all four editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009.  Under the direction of Showalter, the USA is now 20-0 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.

As of March 1, 2017, 13 of the 48 former USA U16 National Team members were under contract in the NBA, four were competing professionally in international leagues, 20 were competing in the NCAA and 11 were still in high school.

USA U16 team members of note include: Bradley Beal (2009), Quinn Cook (2009), Aaron Gordon (2011), Markus Howard (2015), James Michael McAdoo (2009), Malik Newman (2013), Jahlil Okafor (2011), Jabari Parker (2011), Diamond Stone (2013); Gary Trent Jr. (2015), Jarred Vanderbilt (2015) and Seventh Woods (2013).

Related Tags:

Related Videos

Members of the 2021 USA Basketball Women's National Team gathered in San Antonio for a training camp March 30-April 2 ahead of the NCAA Final Four. These are some highlights from each day's post-practice media calls.

Gold-medal winning USA Basketball coach Don Showalter lays out the most important things to remember when speaking to your team before a game.

Dawn Staley, playing in her third Olympic Games, was elected by her peers - all U.S. team captains - to carry the flag and lead the U.S. delegation into the 2004 Opening Ceremony. She reflects back on her selection and what it meant to her.

After leading USA Basketball teams to perfect, 5-0 records and gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championships this past summer, USA head coaches Carla Berube and Don Showalter today were announced as co-recipients of the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award.

Related Content

The first four teams qualified for the 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals by virtue of their top four finish at the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X East Regional on Sept. 12 in Boston.

Basketball coaches in the Boston area will have the opportunity to sign up for a full day of professional development at the first USA Basketball Coach Academy of 2021, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.

In the semifinals of the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Montreal stop, the USA came up short, 17-15, against Austria on Sept. 4.

A 3-0 record on the day put the USA in the No. 1 spot out of its pool and into the semis.

The USA will be represented at the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series stop in Montreal on Sept. 3-4 by Jordan Reynolds, Breanna Richardson, Hailey Van Lith and Camille Zimmerman.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?