UK recruiting targets invited to USA Under 18 training camp

Duke signee Zion Williamson (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

By USA BASKETBALL

Training camp for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team, which will take place May 31-June 2 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will feature 32 athletes overall, including 17 with experience from at least one prior USA Basketball training camp.

“We are excited about the group of players that are competing for roster spots on the 2018 USA Men’s U18 National Team,” said Matt Painter (Purdue), chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. “This group is a versatile and diverse collection of players that will work together on the court and will represent USA Basketball very well.”

Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas) and Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.) return from the 2018 USA Junior National Select Team that played in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit, though Williamson was injured and unable to play.

Fifteen 2018 U18 hopefuls took part in the NCAA Next Generation Sunday at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four as members of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team, including Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./Briarwood, N.Y.); Bryan Antoine (Ranney School/Tinton Falls, N.J.); Armando Bacot (Trinity Episcopal School/Richmond, Va.); Joey Baker (Trinity Christian School/Fayetteville, N.C.); Will Baker (Westlake H.S./Austin, Texas); Keion Brooks (North Side H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.); Trayce Jackson-Davis (Center Grove H.S./Greenwood, Ind.); Josiah James (Porter-Gaud School/Charleston, S.C.); Jalen Leque (Christ School/Teaneck, N.J.); Scottie Lewis (Ranney School/Hazlet, N.J.); Tyrese Maxey (South Garland H.S./Dallas, Texas); Pat McCaffery (West H.S./Iowa City, Iowa); Trendon Watford (Mountain Brook H.S./Mountain Brook, Ala.); and Mark Watts Jr. (Old Redford Academy/Detroit, Mich.).

Taking part in their first USA Basketball camp will be: DJ Carton (Bettendorf H.S./Bettendorf, Iowa); Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Hyattsville, Md.); Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Joe Girard III (Glens Falls H.S./Glens Falls, N.Y.); Kamaka Hepa (Jefferson H.S./Portland, Ore.); Talen Horton-Tucker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.); Musa Jallow (Ohio State University/Bloomington, Ind.); Alex Lomax (East H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Justin Moore (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Hyattsville, Md.); Kevin Porter (Rainier Beach H.S./Seattle, Wash.); Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Bishop Miege H.S./Shawnee Mission, Kan.); Earl Timberlake (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Hyattsville, Md.); Anton Watson (Gonzaga Prep/Spokane, Wash.); Coby White (Greenfield H.S./Goldsboro, N.C.); and Bryce Wills (Iona Prep/White Plains, N.Y.).

Five-star guard Tyrese Maxey, five-star guard Cole Anthony, five-star wing Keion Brooks, five star forward Matthew Hurt, four-star guard Josiah James, five-star guard Jalen Lecque, five star wing Scottie Lewis, five-star guard Bryan Antoine, and five star wing Trendon Watford all have been on the UK recruiting radar.

Maxey, Hurt, Brooks and Lecque hold offers from UK and the others could get offers this summer.

The 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men will be held June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada, and the top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.

The USA will be led by Bill Self (Kansas) with USA assistant coaches Anthony Grant (Dayton) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest).

 

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