Nation's Top Young Talent To Tip-Off Inaugural Training June 6
June 5, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nineteen of the nation's top young prep athletes are poised to tip-off training camp on June 6 as members of the inaugural USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team. The athletes, all of whom are 16-years-old or younger, will train twice a day from June 6-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Practices will begin at 10:00 a.m. (MDT) and 5:00 p.m. (MDT) and last approximately two hours.
The USA will look to capture the gold medal at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, slated to be held June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina. The top three finishing nations will qualify to compete in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The 2009 USA U16 National Team and 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members. In order to be eligible for these age-based events, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen born on or after January 1, 1993.
The 12-member team that will represent the U.S. this summer will be announced prior to the USA's June 13 departure for Argentina.
Announced on May 28 as members of the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team were: Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.); Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic School / Fairview, N.J.); Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.); K.C. Caudill (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.); Angelo Chol (Herbert Hoover H.S. / San Diego, Calif.); Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.); AndrÃ© Drummond (Capitol Preparatory Magnet School / Middletown, Conn.); Perry Ellis (Wichita Heights H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep / Scotch Plains, N.J.); Brandan Kearney (Southeastern H.S. / Detroit, Mich.); James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.); Johnny O'Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.); Norvel Pelle (Dominguez H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.); Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.); L.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas); Mike Shaw (De La Salle Institute / Chicago, Ill.); Marquis Teague (Pike H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.); Kevin Ware (Rockdale County H.S. / Conyers, Ga.); and Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S. / Renton, Wash.).
Shaw and Teague are unable to attend the June 6-12 training camp.
2009-10 USA Developmental National Team head coach Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) will be assisted in 2009 and 2010 by Herman Harried, head coach Lake Clifton High School (Md.), and Kevin Sutton, head coach at Montverde Academy (Fla.).
The eight-team tournament in 2009 will feature U16 national teams from the FIBA Americas Zone, which includes North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Preliminary round-robin play will take place June 17-19, with the top two teams from each preliminary group advancing to the June 20 semifinals. The gold medal will be contested June 21. The top three finishing nations will qualify to compete in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship (July TBD / Hamburg, Germany), against U17 national teams from around the globe.
The USA was placed in Group A along with Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela; while Group B consists of host Argentina, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. Opening against Brazil on June 17, the U.S. will face Venezuela on June 18 and will close out preliminary round play against Puerto Rico on June 19.