2019 USA Men’s U16 National Team Training Camp Set to Tip Tonight with 30 Athletes
Thirty of the nation’s top 16-and-under male athletes, 27 of whom have prior USA Basketball experience, are set to tip-off 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team training camp tonight, which will be held May 22-29 at Noel P. Brown Sports Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The training tips-off tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (all times listed are local, EDT). The team will practice twice on May 23, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., and twice on May 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. It is expected that finalists for the USA U16 National Team will be selected May 25. Finalists will remain in Ft. Lauderdale to train through May 30.
The training camp will be used to select the 12 athletes who will represent USA Basketball in the sixth edition of 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. The 12-member team will be announced prior to departing for Brazil on May 30.
Previously announced as attending 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.); 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.); 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.).
Players eligible for this team must be 16 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2003) and U.S. citizens.
Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.) is serving as head coach of the USA U16 National Team. Assisting Jones and the U16 squad are high school head coaches Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio)
The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford, is responsible for selecting the USA U16 National Team. 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).