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Fifty-Four Top, High School Athletes Set For USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp

  • Date:
    Oct 4, 2017

With the addition of high school sophomore guard Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.), the roster for the ninth-annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp, which will take place Oct. 7-8 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, features 54 of the USA’s top, prep basketball players.

Johsua Nickelberry (Trinity Christian School/Eastover, N.C.), who previously was announced as a training camp participant, will not attend.

“I’m excited to get this year’s USA Junior National Team October minicamp underway. We are bringing 54 of our country’s best and most promising young high school players to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and offering them the opportunity to learn first-hand about USA Basketball’s culture,” said USA Junior National Team head coach Don Showalter, who has guided USA Basketball to a 55-0 record and nine-straight gold medals as head coach of the USA Men’s U16 and U17 National Teams since 2009.

“This is another step in their careers, and USA Basketball will use this minicamp to help identify players for our national teams that in 2018 will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit and the FIBA U17 World Cup. This minicamp, like the ones before it, will be extremely competitive and we’ll look to push the players out of their traditional comfort zones and really challenge them.” 

The minicamp will include practice sessions at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and on Sunday, Oct. 8, sessions from 9-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.

Rounding out the on-court USA Basketball coaching staff will be gold-medal winning 2017 USA U16 assistants Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.) as assistant coaches; with Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), Dave Hopla (professional shooting instructor) and 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medalist AnferneePenny” Hardaway (Memphis East H.S., Tenn.) serving as court coaches.

Among the 54 athletes expected at camp, 18 are members of the high school class of 2018 and are eligible for the 2018 USA Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 21st annual Nike Hoop Summit in April 2018. Thirty-six athletes are members of the high school classes of 2019, 2020 or 2021 and are eligible for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team, which will compete June 30-July 8 in Rosario and Sante Fe, Argentina.

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