Thirty-Two Athletes Set to Attend 2019 USA Men’s U16 National Team Training Camp
Thirty-two of the nation’s top 16-and-under male athletes, 29 of whom have prior USA Basketball experience, have accepted invitations to attend the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team training camp, which will be held May 22-29 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford, issued the invitations to training camp and is responsible for selecting the USA U16 National Team.
The training camp will be used to select the 12 athletes who will represent USA Basketball in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men, which will take place June 3-9 in Belém, Brazil, in hopes of securing a gold medal and berth to the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced May 25, and the 12-member team will be announced prior to departing for Brazil on May 30.
Accepting invitations to attend the 2019 USA U16 National Team training camp are: Amari Bailey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Chatsworth, Calif.); Nathan Bittle (Crater H.S./Central Point, Ore.); Jaden Bradley (Cannon School/Concord, N.C.); Jameel Brown (Haverford H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); Kendall Brown (East Ridge H.S./Cottage Grove, Minn.); Andre Casey Jr. (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.); Max Christie (Rolling Meadows H.S./Arlington Heights, Ill.); Skyy Clark (Heritage Christian H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Zion Cruz (Hudson Catholic H.S./Trenton, N.J.); Eric Dailey Jr. (IMG Academy/Tampa, Fla.); Gradey Dick (Wichita Collegiate School/Wichita, Kan.); Jalen Duren (Roman Catholic H.S., Pa.)/New Castle, Del.); Michael Foster (Washington H.S. of Information Technology/Milwaukee, Wis.); Gregg Glenn III (Calvary Christian Academy/Pompano Beach, Fla.); AJ Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac H.S./Ossining, N.Y.); Camden Heide (Wayzata H.S./Wayzata, Minn.); Jalen Hood-Schifino (Northside Christian Academy/Charlotte, N.C.); Jett Howard (University School/Miami, Fla.); Dillon Hunter (Westlake H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Richard Isaacs Jr. (Coronado H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Will Jeffress (McDowell H.S./Erie, Pa.); Trevor Keels (Paul VI Catholic H.S., Va./Clinton, Md.); Kamari Lands (La Lumiere School/Indianapolis, Ind.); Tamin Lipsey (Ames H.S./Ames, Iowa); Chris Livingston (Buchtel H.S./Akron, Ohio); Knasir “Dug” McDaniel (Pavl VI Catholic H.S./Fairfax, Va.); Marquise "MJ" Rice (Durham Academy /Creedmore, N.C.); Jabari Smith Jr. (Sandy Creek H.S./Tyrone, GA); Jarace Walker (IMG Academy, Fla./New Freedom, Pa.); Dariq Whitehead (Montverde Academy, Fla./Newark, N.J.); Justice Williams (Roman Catholic H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.); and Kijani Wright (Windward H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.).
“First and foremost, having seen the guys with the new model of having minicamps in October and April, we’ve been able to familiarize ourselves with the pool,” said Mike Jones, USA U16 and DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach. “There will be a couple of new faces there, but overall this is an extremely talented group that provides us with a lot of versatility. We have the potential to be one of the more talented groups that we’ve had from top to bottom. Picking the 12 guys to represent us will not be an easy task for the committee.
“Our goal is always the gold. The standard has been set pretty high. But I believe in the entire organization from (Jim) Tooley and Sean (Ford) to Samson (Kayode), Show (Don Showalter), our coaches and court coaches, support staff and everyone involved in the USA Basketball organization, and obviously the players. From top to bottom, the USA model is so strong. The faces change, but the expectation and performance are pretty consistent. And, that’s what we want to do – we want to be consistent with the success we’ve had in the past.”
Players eligible for this team must be 16 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2003) and U.S. citizens.
Assisting Jones and the U16 squad are high school head coaches Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) and Sharman White (Pace Academy, Ga.).
Of the 30 previous USA Basketball participants, Kendall Brown was the most recent and only one with 3x3 experience. He competed in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship April 13-14 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and helped his team to a second-place finish.
Bailey, Bittle, Bradley, Jameel Brown, Casey, Christie, Clark, Duren, Foster, Glenn, Hood-Schifino, Hunter, Isaacs, Jeffress, Keels, Lipsey, Livingston, McDaniel, Rice, Smith and Wright took part in the 2019 USA Junior National Team April minicamp, which included participating in the NCAA Next Generation Sunday at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bittle, Bradley, Jameel Brown, Casey, Christie, Cruz, Duren, Foster, Glenn, Griffin, Hood-Schifino, Howard, Hunter, Isaacs, Jeffress, Keels, Lands, Lipsey, Livingston, Rice, Walker, Whitehead, Williams and Wright took part in the 2018 USA Junior National team minicamp held in October in Colorado Springs.
Twenty athletes earned recognition from MaxPreps and USA Today following the 2018-19 season
Bradley, Duren and Livingston listed on the 2019 MaxPreps Freshman All-America first team; Clark, McDaniel and Walker were second team selections; Glenn was named to the third team and Bailey, Jameel Brown, Casey, Cruz, Rice and Williams were honorable mention.
2019 Max Preps Sophomore All-America first team selections were Foster and Keels; Bittle and Christie were named to the third team and honorable mention went to Kendall Brown, AJ Griffin and Jeffress.
Among the USA Today All-State first team honorees were Bittle (Oregon), Christie (Illinois) and Foster (Wisconsin); while USA Today All-State second team honors went to Jeffress (Pennsylvania), Keels (Virginia) and Livingston (Ohio).
The 32 athletes hail from 19 different states, and Pennsylvania has the most representatives with four. California, Florida and North Carolina are represented by three athletes each; Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and New Jersey boast two athletes apiece; and Delaware, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin are home to one athlete apiece.
In addition to Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee includes at-large representative Evan Daniels, athletic representatives Keith Langford and Damien Wilkins, and John Olive (NFHS) and Boo Williams (AAU).
2019 FIBA Americans U16 Championship for Men
The 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean
The USA men will compete in preliminary round Group A and open play against Argentina on June 3, before facing Mexico on June 4 and Dominican Republic on June 5.
Group B will feature Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.
Following the June 3-5 preliminary round, all eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals on June 7, the semifinals will be played on June 8 and the gold medal game will be on June 9.
USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all five editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009. The USA is now 25-0 in men’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.
USA U16 team members of note include: Bradley Beal (2009), Vernon Carey Jr. (2017), Quinn Cook (2009), Andre Drummond (2009), Terrance Ferguson (2013), Aaron Gordon (2011), Zion Harmon (2017), Markus Howard (2015), Tyus Jones (2011), Kevin Knox (2015), James Michael McAdoo (2009), Malik Newman (2013), Jahlil Okafor (2011), Jabari Parker (2011), Diamond Stone (2013), Jason Tatum (2013), Gary Trent Jr. (2015), Jarred Vanderbilt (2015) and Seventh Woods (2013).