USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp to Feature 88 High School Athletes
The 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp is set to tip off on Oct. 5 with 88 athletes from the high school classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The complete roster is available online.
Twenty-four athletes will graduate in 2019, 23 are set to graduate in 2020; 13 are from the high school class of 2021; and 29 are class of 2022.
Twenty-two participants are USA Basketball gold medalists, and 19 other athletes have attended at least one prior USA Basketball training camp. Forty-seven players are new to USA Basketball, including all members of the class of 2022 and all but Zion Harmon (Marshall County H.S./Benton, Ky.) from the class of 2021.
The athletes will be split into groups according to their high school graduation class, and practices will take place in both Sports Center 1 and 2 at the USOTC. The USA will practice from 4:30-7 p.m. (all time listed are MDT) on Oct. 5; from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 6; and from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
On hand to assist USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team head coach Don Showalter (USA Basketball) will be court coaches: Sam Brand (Polytech H.S., Md.), Rob Brost (Bolingbrook H.S., Ill.), Jeff Culver (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Steve Dagostino (Dags Basketball), Kevin Eastman (former NBA assistant coach and director of operations), Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.), Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio), L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC), Aaron Gray (former NBA athlete), Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.), Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.), Noah LaRoche (Integrity Hoops), Rodney Perry (Summit Christian Academy, Okla.), Stan Waterman (Sanford H.S., Del.), Sharman White (Pace Academy, Ga.) and Chad Yates (Loyola H.S., Calif.).
The minicamp, which is the first training camp following USA Basketball’s announcement of its collaboration with the NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the NCAA to expand its Men’s Junior National Team program, will mark the beginning the health and wellness and life skills component of the expanded program. In addition to on-court instruction, players will participate in three life skills sessions covering topics including social media use, healthy relationships, NCAA recruiting and eligibility and character development.
The parent program, which also was introduced as part of the expansion, will include two working sessions featuring presentations on collegiate eligibility and recruiting, health and wellness and Game Plan, an eLearning platform that will be utilized for year-round player and parent development. There will also be a parent panel discussion led by former NBA player and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Shareef Abdur-Rahim and his wife Delicia; Christine Drummond, the mother of 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalist and NBA All-Star Andre Drummond; and Tonja Stelly, the mother of USA Basketball U18 gold medalist Quentin Grimes.
The program’s Director of Player Health & Performance Ed Lacerte will provide players and parents with an overview of the health and wellness programming that will begin at the October minicamp and continue throughout the year.