NC State sophomore Devon Daniels is one of 28 players invited 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 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.
Daniels joined the Pack after playing his 2016-17 freshman season at Utah. The Battle Creek, Mich., native started 26 of 29 games in his rookie season and averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Utes.
An efficient shooter, Daniels had a streak during Pac-12 conference play where he shot 50 percent or better for eight consecutive games. He was 48-of-71 shooting (67.6%) during that stretch. He finished the season, shooting 57.1 percent (113-of-198) from the field. He had the second-highest field goal percentage of any freshman in the Pac-12 conference and eighth best field goal percentage in the conference overall. He scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-13 field goal shooting in Utah's win at Washington on January 21. Daniels also finished second on the team in assists (78) and steals (25).
Daniels is one of three ACC players in the training camp, joining Duke’s Marques Bolden and Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie.
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. 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.