2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team Training Camp Set To Tip-Off June 1
With the addition of Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Fairfax, Va.), who participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team minicamp last October, and the withdrawal of Isaiah Stewart (McQuaid Jesuit H.S./Rochester, N.Y.) for personal reasons, the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp is set to tip-off with 32 of the nation’s top 16-and-unders at 5 p.m. (all times local, MDT) Thursday evening at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The training camp will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men.
Following two practice sessions on June 2 and June 3, at 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. each day, finalists for the team are expected to be announced.
Selected athletes will remain in Colorado Springs and will train twice a day through June 9 at the USOTC, beginning at 9:30 am. and 4:30 p.m., with two exceptions. The June 3 evening practice session will be held at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, and the June 4 morning session will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be held June 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina, and the top four finishing teams not including Argentina will qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for Men. Argentina has earned a bid to host the 2018 U17 World Cup and therefore earned an automatic berth to next year’s U17 World Cup.
In addition to Roach, the 32 athletes expected to attend training camp are: Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Seton Hall Prep School/Short Hills, N.J.); Posh Alexander (Our Saviour Lutheran School/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Dudley Blackwell (Westminster Academy/Miramar, Fla.); Greg Brown III (Vandegrift H.S./Austin, Texas); Vern Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Noah Collier (Westtown H.S./West Chester, Pa.); Jyare Davis (Sanford School/Newark, Del.); 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 (John Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Jason Harris (Desert Ridge H.S./Mesa, Ariz.); Zach Harvey (Hayden H.S./Topeka, Kan.); Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Adolfo Camarillo H.S./Camarillo, Calif.); David Johnson (Trinity H.S./Louisville, Ky.); Justin Lewis (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Scottsdale, Ariz.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Concord, N.C.); Joshua Nickelberry (Northwood Temple H.S./Eastover, 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.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy H.S./St. Paul, Minn.); Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.); Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.); and James Wiseman (The Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.).
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 Jan. 1, 2001) and U.S. citizens.
USA U16 National Team head coach Don Showalter, who has coached USA U16/U17 national teams to eight-straight gold medals since 2009, returns to the sideline as the 2017 USA U16 head coach.
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. Court coaches for the first three days of training camp include Sam Brand (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Md.) and Harvey Kitani (Rollings Hills Preparatory School, Calif.).
USA Basketball Men’s National Team director Sean Ford serves as chair of the USA Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, which selects athletes and coaches for this team. The committee also includes 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalists Keith Langford and Damien Wilkins as the athlete representatives. Serving as at-large representatives are Evan Daniels of Scout.com and FOX Sports and St. Edward High School (Ohio) head coach Eric Flannery, who served as head coach of the 2015 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team and who was an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2013 USA U16 Championship and 2014 USA U17 World Championship teams. Torrey Pines High School (Calif.) head coach John Olive, who served as a head coach of the 2009 USA Nike Hoop Summit team, will represent the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Boo Williams of Boo Williams AAU will represent the Amateur Athletic Association.