North Carolina recruiting targets David Padgett ('03) and Brian Johnson ('04) were named to the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team at the conclusion of the trials today in Miami. The team begins play next Wednesday with a preliminary round game against the Dominican Republic.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 19, 2002) – Four days into its training camp, the official 12-member 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team was announced by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Terry Holland, University of Virginia athletic director emeritus. The USA junior team will compete in the July 24-28 Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. To be eligible for consideration for the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, a player must be a U.S. citizen and 18-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984).
Selected for the USA Junior team were: Mohamed Abukar (Rancho Bernardo H.S. / San Diego, Calif.); Carmelo Anthony (Oak Hill Academy, Va. / Baltimore, Md.); Christopher Bosh (Lincoln H.S. / Lancaster, Texas); Aaron Brooks (Franklin H.S. / Seattle, Wash.); Daniel Brown (Proviso East H.S. / Maywood, Ill.); Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill H.S. / Cedar Hill, Texas); Kris Humphries (Hopkins H.S. / Chaska, Minn.); Andre Iguodala (Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Brian Johnson (Bishop O'Connell, Va. / Glenarden, Md.);David Padgett (Reno H.S. / Reno, Nev.); Deron Williams (The Colony H.S. / The Colony, Texas) and Antione Wright (Lawrence Academy, Mass. / San Bernadino, Calif.).
University of Oregon mentor Ernie Kent is head coach of the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, and is being assisted by Bob McKillop of Davidson College (N.C.) and Gary Waters of Rutgers University (N.J.).