Junior National Trials Begin

Sixteen college freshman-to-be, 17 rising high school seniors and two rising juniors make up the list of 35 18-and-under hoopsters scheduled to be in Colorado Springs this weekend for the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team tryouts.

Of the nearly three dozen invitees, 10 were tabbed Parade All-Americans this spring, seven played in the McDonald's All-American game, and four were USA Today All-Americans.

The roster as a whole looks like this: Escondido, Calif., PF/SF Mohamed Abukar; Los Angeles SF/SG Hassan Adams; Midwest City, Okla., DeAngelo Alexander; New York C Shagari Alleyne; Baltimore SF Carmelo Anthony; Stanwood, Wash., SG/PG Ryan Appleby; Los Angeles SF Trevor Ariza; Dallas C Chris Bosh; Seattle PG Aaron Brooks; Maywood, Ill., PG Dee Brown; Maywood, Ill., SG Shannon Brown; Austin, Texas, PF Brad Buckman; Memphis, Tenn., SF Derrick Byars; Virginia Beach, Va., PG John Gilchrist; Watertown, N.Y., PF Matt Gorman; Detroit SG Dion Harris; Springfield, Ohio, SF/PF Ivan Harris; Cedar Hill, Texas, PG/SG Daniel Horton;

Chaska, Minn., PF/SF Kris Humphries; Carson, Calif., PF Ekene Ibekwe; Springfield, Ill., SF Andre Iguodala; Arlington, Va., PF Brian Johnson; San Francisco SG/SF Marquise Kately; Mableton, Ga., SG Tim Morris; Barrington, R.I., SF Demetris Nichols; Reno, Nev., C/PF David Padgett; Durham, N.C., SF Bobby Perry; Jersey City, N.J., PF Terrence Roberts; Portland, Ore., PG Chris Rodgers; Wynnewood, Pa., PG Mustafa Shakur; Brooklyn, N.Y., PG Sebastian Telfair; Paterson, N.J., C Darryl Watkins; The Colony, Texas, PG Deron Williams; Groton, Mass., SG Antoine Wright; and The Colony, Texas, SG Bracey Wright.

A 12-member team will be finalized at a training camp July 14-22 in Miami. The eight-team COPABA Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament is set for July 24-28 in Venezuela. Four countries will qualify for next year's FIBA Junior World Championships in Malaysia.

Oregon's Ernie Kent is the team's head coach. Davidson's Bob McKillop and Rutgers' Gary Waters are his assistants.

Michael Kruse writes for Basketball America and BasketballAmerica.com. Special thanks to him for chipping in so Dave Telep could take a few days off.

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