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USA Basketball announces 24 players to tryout for U18 team


Mike Miller

USA Basketball released the names of the 24 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the U18 team that will play in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship June 16-20 in Brazil.

Their head coach will be Florida head coach Billy Donovan, and he’ll be assisted by Gonzaga’s Mark Few and VCU’s Shaka Smart.

Of the 24 players, all of whom had to be born on or after June 1, 1994 to be eligible, one has collegiate experience and that’s Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes.

Notable players who are entering college this summer/fall include Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Kris Dunn (Providence), Shaq Goodwin (Memphis), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Rodney Purvis (NC State) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State).

Six member of the Class of 2013 made the tryout roster as well, including Prestonwood, Texas big man Julius Randle, Richmond, Texas wings (and twins) Aaron and Andrew Harrison and Upper Marlboro, Maryland point guard (and North Carolina commit) Nate Britt.

Training camp for the U18 team takes place from June 5-12 in Colorado Springs, with the US Men’s Junior National Team Committee selecting the finalists.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is the head of the committee, which includes Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and athlete representative Jay Williams.

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