2010 Basketball Men's U18 National Team Roster Finalized
-- 12 Top Young U.S. Athletes To Vie For FIBA Americas U18 Gold June 26-30 --
June 16, 2010 - San Antonio, Texas
Following four trials sessions June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, 12 of the nation's top 18-and-unders have been named to the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team, USA Basketball today announced. The U.S. squad will remain in San Antonio to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
Selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were: Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.); Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.); Abdul Gaddy (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.); Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.); Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick's H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.); Quincy Miller (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Tony Mitchell (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas); LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas); Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.); Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.); Amir Williams (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.); and Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.).
"I like the make-up of our team," said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. "We have really good talent. We have versatility. We have guys who can really defend. We have good athleticism, guys who can score. I'm excited about coaching this group. I'm excited about seeing what we can become over these next few days."
Three athletes have previous USA Basketball experience after having played in the annual Nike Hoop Summit. Gaddy was a member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team that fell to the World Select Team 97-89, while Irving and Young were on the 2010 USA Junior National Select Team that was victorious over the World Select Team 101-97.
Gaddy skipped a year and graduated ahead of his high school class. As such, he is the only player on the team with a year of collegiate hoops under his belt. As a freshman at Washington, Gaddy started 26 of 33 games and averaged 4.1 ppg. and 2.2 apg. in aiding the Huskies to a 24-9 slate, the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Of the 11 remaining athletes who competed at the high school level last season, six earned All-America honors. Irving earned All-America first team honors from USA Today, Parade Magazine and Slam Magazine, and also was a McDonald's All-American and named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year. Young listed on the Parade All-America second team and Rivers was tabbed as a USA Today All-USA third team selection. In addition to Irving, Richmond and Young played in the 2010 McDonald's All-America Game; while Hairston, Mitchell, Richmond, Rivers and Young were all named as 2010 Slam All-America honorable mentions.
Six have helped lead their teams to state titles, including Cooney, Hairston, Irving, Rivers, Williams and Young; while Blue, Cooney, Hairston, Irving, Mitchell, Nash, Richmond, Rivers, Williams and Young have collected all-state honors in their respective states.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt and University at Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon are serving as assistant coaches for the 2010 USA U18 National Team.
The U.S. will train this afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. The team is scheduled to remain in San Antonio and train twice a day starting at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with scrimmages scheduled against the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team in the afternoons of June 21 and 22, and against the Brazil U18 National Team on June 23.
The FIBA Americas Men's U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. On March 5 the draw was held to determine the first round groups, and the USA was placed into Group A, along with defending FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medalist Argentina, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Group B includes Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The U.S. will open preliminary play against the Virgin Islands on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. (all times listed are local, CDT). On June 27 the USA will face Mexico at 7:00 p.m. and will close preliminary play against South American rivals Argentina on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. The semifinals are slated for June 29, and the finals will be held June 30.
Not only will a gold medal be at stake, the top four finishing nations will qualify for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.
Syracuse University head coach and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim, an assistant coach for the 2009-12 USA Basketball Men's National Team, chairs the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee. The Committee also includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington head coach; Bruce Weber, University of Illinois head coach; and University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams; while 2002 USA Basketball World Championship Team member Jay Williams serves as the athlete representative.