Ten USA Basketball gold medalists are among 24 players who have accepted invitations to take part in the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp that will take place June 12-26 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The training camp will be utilized to select the 12-member roster for the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team. The USA will look to defend the USA’s 2013 U19 gold at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship that will be held June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1996).
“It should be looked upon as a tremendous honor to be selected to tryout for this team, because the competition is so strong,” said Jim Boeheim Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting players and coaches for the team. “Our committee does a great job identifying players who will represent our country in international competition. We know that even in the training camp, the competition will be fierce.”
The returning gold medalists include: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jalen Brunson (Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Terrance Ferguson (Homeschooled/Flower Mound, Texas); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.); Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./Seattle, Wash.); and Seventh Woods (Hammond School/Columbia, S.C.).
Also attending camp will be: Tyus Battle (St. Bernard's School/Edison, N.J.); Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech/Dayton, Ohio); Brekkott Chapman (Utah/Roy, Utah); Vince Edwards (Purdue/Middletown, Ohio); Jawun Evans (Kimball H.S./Dallas, Texas); Riley LaChance (Vanderbilt/Brookfield, Wis.); T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian H.S./Lakeside, Calif.); Silas Melson (Gonzaga/Portland, Ore.); Malik Monk (Bentonville H.S./Lepanto, Ark.); Chinanu Onauku (Louisville/Lanham, Md.); Eric Paschall (Villanova/Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.); L.J. Peak (Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.); Malik Pope (San Diego State/Sacramento, Calif.); and Thomas Welsh (UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.).
The 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team will be led by Sean Miller (Arizona), along with USA assistant coaches Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton).
Training camp will begin on the evening of June 13, followed by two practices each day. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 15, and the roster will be selected prior to the team’s departure for Greece.
Briscoe, Brunson and Trier helped the USA to qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship by compiling a 5-0 record and winning gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Seven players won gold together at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, including Battle, Ferguson, Giles, Jackson, Stone, Swanigan and Tatum; and six players were on the gold-medal winning 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, including Ferguson, Giles, Jackson, Stone, Tatum and Woods.
Suiting up for the USA in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit were Briscoe, Brunson, Swanigan and Trier.
Ten players competed as NCAA freshman in 2014-15, six players recently completed their senior year of high school and eight players have one year of high school remaining and will graduate in 2016.
Among the college players, Bibbs earned University Division State Rookie of the Year honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors, LaChance listed on the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team, Paschall was the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year and Peak made the Big East Conference All-Rookie Team.
For the high school players, Briscoe and Giles were on the USA Today All-USA first team, while Stone and Trier listed on the All-USA second team and Brunson was third team.
Brunson and Tatum are two-time (2014 and 2015) Gatorade State Player of the Year honorees, while Swanigan earned the title in 2015, and Trier was a Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2014.
Briscoe, Brunson, Evans, Stone and Swanigan listed on the Parade Magazine All-America Team.
In addition to Boeheim the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee includes: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2004 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.