USA Basketball Men’s U17 Training Camp Set to Begin With 30 Athletes
Thirty athletes are expected to take part in the training camp for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team from June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Nine athletes have been added to the originally announced roster, including: Paolo Banchero (O’Dea H.S./Seattle, Wash.); BJ Boston (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.); Jamie Jaquez Jr. (Adolfo Camarillo H.S./Camarillo, Calif.); Johnny Juzang (Harvard Westlake H.S./North Hollywood, Calif.); Adam Miller (Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Moses Moody (North Little Rock H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Casey Morsell (St. John’s College H.S./Washington, D.C.); Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins H.S./Hopkins, Minn.); and Kahlil Whitney (Roselle Catholic H.S./Roselle, N.J.).
Of the newcomers, only Jaquez previously has participated in a USA Basketball training camp.
Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit Prep School/Atlanta, Ga.), Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.), who previously were announced as participants, will not attend training camp.
Also expected at the USA U17 training camp are: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.); Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.); Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./Willow Grove, Pa.); Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.); R.J. Hampton (Frisco Liberty /Little Elm, Texas); De'Vion Harmon (Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Zion Harmon (Marshall County H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie H.S./Sun Prairie, Wis.); Justin Lewis (Poly Tech H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.); Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.); Jahmius Ramsey (IMG Academy, Fla./Mansfield, Texas); Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.); Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.); Julian Strawther (Liberty H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.); and James Wiseman (East H.S./Nashville, Tenn.).
The USA U17 team will be led by Don Showalter (USA Basketball youth division coach director), with USA assistant coaches Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.).
Serving as court coaches from June 15-18 will be Sam Brand (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Md.), Rob Brost (Bolingbrook H.S., Ill.), Harvey Kitani (Rolling Hills Preparatory School, Calif.), Theo Robertson and Sharman White (Pace Academy, Ga.).
Thirteen players are set to graduate high school in 2019, 15 are members of the high school class of 2020 and two players (Banchero and Zion Harmon) will graduate high school in 2021.
Four athletes have verbally committed to colleges or universities, including: Dixon to Villanova University; De’Vion Harmon to the University of Oklahoma; Jaquez to UCLA; and Morsell to the University of Virginia.
Finalists for the team, which are expected to be named on June 18, will continue training camp at the USOTC, and the 12-member roster will be named prior to the team’s departure for the competition on June 23. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).
Featuring 16 national teams, the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.
The USA men, four-time U17 gold medalists, will be looking to defend a 30-0 record at the event.