COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 16, 2017) – Two-Time USA Basketball gold medalist Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./Roseville, Calif.) today was added to the 2017 USA Men’s U19 National Team training camp roster, while Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.) and Jeremiah Tilmon II (La Lumiere H.S., Ind./East St. Louis, Mo.) announced they had withdrawn.
All told, 27 of the nation’s top 19-and-unders are expected to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp June 18-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt.
Other athletes expect to contend for a USA U19 World Cup roster spot are: Desmond Bane (TCU/Richmond, Ind.); Bol Bol (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Marques Bolden (Duke/DeSoto, Texas); Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.); Devon Daniels (NC State/Battle Creek, Mich.); Hamidou Diallo (University of Kentucky/Queens, NY); Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas); Malachi Flynn (Washington State/Tacoma, Wash.); Kevin Huerter (Maryland/Clifton Park, N.Y.); Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.); De’Anthony Melton (Southern California/North Hollywood, Calif.); Charlie Moore (Kansas/Chicago, Ill.); Chuma Okeke (Westlake H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech/Snellville, Ga.); Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.); Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette H.S./New Orleans, La.); Quinton Rose (Temple/Rochester, N.Y.); PJ Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.); Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.); and Kris Wilkes (North Central H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.).
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will lead the USA U19 World Cup Team with the assistance of Tad Boyle from the University of Colorado and Danny Manning from Wake Forest University. Additionally, Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University, King Rice of Monmouth University and Jeremy Shulman from Eastern Florida State College will serve as court coaches during the training camp.
The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp is set to get underway at 5 p.m. (all times local, MDT) on June 18. Following two practice sessions on June 19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., and a morning session on June 20, finalists for the USA U19 team are expected to be announced. The selected finalists will remain in Colorado Springs and will train twice a day through June 25. The 12-member team is expected to be announced June 22.
Included among the 27 hopefuls are seven gold medalists from this past summer, and a total of 15 athletes on the list of invitees boast USA Basketball experience. Returning from the gold medalist 2016 USA U18 National Team are Diallo, Huerter and Washington, while Jordan Brown, Knox, Quickly and Wiley return from the gold medal-winning 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team. Jordan Brown and Knox also collected gold medals as members of the 2015 USA U16 National Team.
Additionally, Knox helped the USA post a win in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, Bolden and Pritchard aided the USA to a win in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, and Pritchard and Washington were members of the 2015 USA Men’s 3×3 U18 World Championship Team.