USA Youth Development Festival Rosters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2002) -- Thirty-nine of the nation's top prep men's hoopsters, including nine of <i>College Basketball News'</i> top 25 juniors, have been named to regional teams for the fifth annual USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival that will be held June 26-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 39 players have been divided into teams consisting of a maximum of 12 players representing the North, South, East and West regions. Under the direction of eight of the nation's top high school and AAU coaches (to be announced), the teams will battle it out in a five-game tournament that culminates on June 30 with the gold and bronze medal games. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee and eligibility for the 2002 USA Men's Youth Development Festival is limited to players who during 2002-03 will be either high school juniors or seniors.

The Youth Development Festival provides participants with exposure to USA Basketball and international basketball rules, while facing off with many of the nation's other top preps. The USA Basketball entry-level event will also feature practice sessions and off-court seminars that touch on a variety of topics.

The Festival opens on Thursday, June 14 with an Introduction to USA Basketball seminar, followed by team practice sessions from 12:00-2:00 p.m. (all times are MDT) and 4:30-6:30 p.m. The first of each team's three preliminary round games begins on Friday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m., and is followed by the second preliminary round games at 6 p.m. The round-robin preliminary play concludes with a 9 a.m. session on Saturday, June 29, and the Festival semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday. The gold and bronze medal games will take place Sunday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m. with the awards ceremony immediately following.

Selected to play for the USA North Team were: J.R. Angle (Indiana Creek / Trafalgar, Ind.); Shannon Brown (Proviso East / Maywood, Ill.); Brian Butch (Appleton West / Appleton, Wis.); Brandon Cotton (St. Martin DePorres / Detroit, Mich.); Dion Harris (Redford / Detroit, Mich.); Andrew Lavender (Brookhaven / Columbus, Ohio); Richard McBride (Lanphier / Springfield, Ill.); Drew Naymick (North Muskegon / North Muskegon, Mich.); Lorenzo Thompson (Crane Tech / Chicago, Ill.) and Walter Waters (Southeastern / Detroit, Mich.).

Representing the USA South Team will be: T.J. Bannister (Arlington Country Day / Jacksonville, Fla.); Dane Bradshaw (White Station / Memphis, Tenn.); Jackie Butler (McComb / McComb, Miss.); John Clark (Cascia Hall / Tulsa, Okla.); JamesOn Curry (Eastern Alamance / Mebane, N.C.); Ndudi Ebi (Westbury Christian / Houston, Texas); Taurean Minor (Booker T. Washington / Houston, Texas); Tim Morris (Whitefield Academy / Mableton, Ga.); Travis Outlaw (Starkville, Miss.); Vakeaton Wafer (Lisbon / Homer, La.); Brandon Wallace (Silver Bluff / Aiken, S.C.) and Mike Williams (Wilcox Central / Camden, Ala.).

USA East Team players include: Shagari Alleyne (Rice / New York, N.Y.); Artie Bowers (St. Benedicts / Newark, N.J.); Brian Johnson (Bishop O'Connell, Va. / Glenarden, Md.); Michael Nardi (St. Patrick's / Elizabeth, N.J.); Demetrious Nichols (St. Andrews / Barrington, R.I.); Terrance Roberts (St. Anthony's / Newark, N.J.); Mustafa Shakur (Friends Central / Wynnewood, Pa.); Will Sheridan (Sanford / Hockessin, Del.) and Sebastian Telfair (Abraham Lincoln / Brooklyn, N.Y.).

Players for the USA West Team include: Mohamed Abukar (Rancho Bernardo / Escondido, Calif); Thomas Gardner (Jefferson / Portland, Ore.); David Padgett (Reno / Reno, Nev.); Lodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach / Seattle, Wash.); Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach / Seattle, Wash.); Ayinde Ubaka (Oakland / Oakland, Calif.); Marcus Williams (Crenshaw / Los Angeles, Calif.) and Stefan Zimmerman (Mountain View / Orem, Utah).

This year's rosters feature players from 26 states, Michigan featuring the most participants with four. Of the 39 announced Festival participants, nine were included in Chris Monter's College Basketball News' top 25 juniors (Abukar, Alleyne, Brown, Harris, Johnson, Morris, Nichols, Padgett, Roberts and Shakur), 30 were featured in the Top 100 by (Abukar, Alleyne, Bannister, Bowers, Bradshaw, Brown, Butch, Butler, Cotton, Ebi, Gardner, Harris, Lavender, McBride, Minor, Morris, Nardi, Naymick, Nichols, Outlaw, Padgett, Roberts, Shakur, Sheridan, L. Stewart, R. Stewart, Ubaka, Wafer, Waters and Zimmerman), eight were selected as top juniors by USA Today (Alleyne, Brown, Butler, Ebi, Harris, McBride, Minor and Outlaw) and one was named All-USA Boys Basketball third team by USA Today (Telfair).

The Festival also features 10 participants (Abukar, Alleyne, Brown, Harris, Johnson, Morris, Nichols, Padgett, Roberts and Shakur) who recently participated in the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Trials, which took place in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 31-June 2. Additionally, four Festival players, Abukar, Harris, Padgett and Shakur, following the Trials were named among the 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that will reassemble for training in mid-July.

The USA Basketball Men's Cadet and Youth Committee is chaired by Don Showalter (head coach, Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa), and includes Ron Crawford (head coach, AAU Arkansas Wings), Marcellus ‘Boo' Williams (head coach, AAU Hampton Roads, Va. ) from the AAU; Eric Fittlerer (head coach, Sehome High School, Wash.) and Eric Flannery (head coach, St. Edwards High School, Ohio) assigned by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFHS); and the Committee is rounded out by athlete representatives Damon Bailey (1999 Pan American Games team / Bedford, Ind.) and Brian Rahilly (1993 Tournament of the Americas gold medalist / Tulsa, Okla.).

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