Demonte Flannigan, Justin Jackson, Rondae Jefferson Added To 2011-12 USA Menís Developmental National Team
-- U.S. Squad To Begin Training June 10 In Colorado Springs --
June 7, 2011 • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Demonte Flannigan (Villa Angela-St. Josephs H.S. / Richmond Heights, Ohio), Justin Jackson (Home School Christian Association / Houston, Texas) and Rondae Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.) have been added to the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, USA Basketball today announced. The addition of Flannigan, Jackson and Jefferson ups the roster to 27 of the nation’s top 16-and-under basketball standouts who are on the 2011-12 USA squad. The team begins training camp on June 10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2011 USA U16 National Team and 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee.
“Anytime you add someone to the training camp, you look for athletes who will have a chance to add to the roster and these three do that,” said two-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa), who is taking on his second stint as the USA Developmental National Team head coach after guiding the USA to perfect records and gold medals at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. “They give us some really good versatility. They’re all players who can play more than one position. They can defend, which we look at really closely, and they’re able to score. You put those things together and it’s a pretty good package.
“We had the mini-camp last October and we got a little bit of a feel for what most of this team can do. Then I had a chance to see some of them this spring, which is a really a nice thing. I got to see how much improvement they’ve made since last October. That gets me even more excited about getting them out on the court this week and seeing what they can do in order to compete for that gold medal.”
Showalter will be assisted over the next two years by Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Mike Jones (DeMatha High School, Md.).
The previously announced members of the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team include: Shaqquan Aaron (Mater Dei H.S. / Apple Valley, Calif.); Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Hyattsville, Md.); Larry Austin (Lamphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Anton Beard (Parkview Magnet School / Little Rock, Ark.); James Blackmon, Jr. (Bishop Leuers H.S. / Fort Wayne, Ind.); Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Stephen Domingo (St. Ignatius Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Arch Bishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Dakari Johnson (St. Patrick H.S., N.J. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S. / Camby, Ind.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Malik Price-Martin (Monsignor Edward Pace H.S. / Miami, Fla.); Theo Pinson (Oakridge Military Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); Jordan Swopshire (Fort Zumwalt South H.S. / Ofallon, Mo.); Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro H.S. / Greensboro, Ala.); Charles Tucker (Lansing Eastern H.S. / Lansing, Mich.); Paul White (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln H.S. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); and Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.).
The 12-member 2011 USA Men’s U16 National Team will be selected during training camp, which will take place June 10-18 at the USOTC. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
The 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be held June 21-25 in Cancun, Mexico. Teams qualified for the eight-nation tournament include: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States, Venezuela and two still to be determined. The top three finishing teams will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled for June 29 - July 12 in Lithuania.
The draw to determine the preliminary round pools was held on May 27, and the USA was drawn into Group B, along with Argentina, Brazil and one of the two qualifying teams from the June 15-19 CONCENCABA U16 Championship (Central America and the Caribbean). Group A consists of Canada, Chile, host Mexico and the other team advancing out of the CONCENCABA tournament.
The U.S. opens play on June 21 against Brazil (7:00 p.m. EDT), followed by a June 22 contest against Argentina (7:00 p.m. EDT) and will cap preliminary round play against the CONCENCABA qualifying team on June 23 (3:00 p.m. EDT). Semifinals are slated for June 24 and the finals will be played on June 25.
The 26 players hail from 17 different states, with Illinois represented by a high of five players, followed by California with four and Indiana with two athletes. Alabama Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas are each represented by one player; while one player hails from New York, but competes in New Jersey.
The 2011-12 USA team member selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director, the USA Men’s Developmental National Team Committee also includes AAU appointees Ron Crawford and Boo Williams, National Federation of High Schools representatives Eric Flannery and John Olive and athlete representative Kermit Holmes (1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
In the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was held in Mendoza, Argentina, the U.S. squad was flat out impressive. Scoring an average of 113.0 points a game, the USA won its five games by an average of
33.8 points a game to claim the competition’s first gold medal and qualify the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA U17 World Championship. The 2010 USA U17 squad also dominated opponents, winning its eight games by an average of 34.9 points a game, en route to gold.
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Since 2008, USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams have compiled a sterling 96-2 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, FIBA World Championships; U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships; and U18 and U16 FIBA Americas championships. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
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