Ellenson, Stone, Newman Lead USA U17s to Semifinals

Henry Ellenson, Diamond Stone and Malik Newman helped lead the 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team into the semifinals with a 113-71 quarterfinal victory over China (2-3) at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men on Thursday afternoon at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ellenson went for 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Stone scored 17 points and hauled in eight rebounds, while setting USA U17 records for single-game and U17 competition blocked shots. He swatted five, edging the previous record of four, against China and his 20 blocks through five games eclipsed the previous USA U17 mark of 15.

Newman, who has been linked to Stone in a potential package deal, added 16 points and five assists. Harry Giles tallied 12 points and Terrence Ferguson scored. 11. To read more of this story, click here

Stone, Newman Lead USA U17s to 1st Victory at Worlds

USA 17sDiamond Stone and Malik Newman, who are talking about a potential package deal to college, led the charge for the USA U17 team in their opening-round game of the U17 World Championship in Dubai on Friday.

The 6-foot-10 Stone out of Milwaukee (WI) Dominican went for 18 of his 22 points in the first half and 10 rebounds, while the 6-4 Newman from Jackson (MS) Calloway tallied 13 points in an 83-73 win over Greece.

“Diamond was great,” Newman said. “He was a big factor for us because he can work from the inside-out. For us to feed him early and for him get going kind of opened up the game for us guards.”

Jayson Tatum, a 2016 guard from St. Louis (MO) Chaminade, added 10 points.

(The game will rebroadcast live at midnight Friday on ESPNU.) To read more of this story, click here

Kevin Durant Withdraws from USA Basketball Team

DurantKevin Durant has informed USA Basketball that he is withdrawing from participating with the 2014 USA National Team and from consideration for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team roster.

The USA National Team is scheduled to resume its 2014 preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Aug. 14 in Chicago.

“Kevin reached out to Coach K and myself this afternoon and expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities,” USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo said.  “He tried to give it a go at our recent Las Vegas training camp but felt coming out of camp that he was not prepared to fulfill the commitment he made to the team. To read more of this story, click here

ESPN to Televise USA U17 World Championship

USA U17sFans in the United States will be able to watch all of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team’s games live from the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on various ESPN networks.

The U.S. squad’s opening game versus Greece on Aug. 8 will be carried on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. (all times listed are EDT), followed by a clash against Angola on Aug. 9 to be televised on ESPNU and available on WatchESPN at 8:30 a.m., while the USA’s final preliminary round game against Philippines on Aug. 11 can be seen on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 10:45 a.m. Should the U.S. squad advance, ESPNU/WatchESPN or ESPN3 will carry the USA’s round of 16 (Aug. 12, time TBD) quarterfinal (Aug. 14, time TBD) and semifinal (Aug. 15, time TBD) games. The 2014 FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship gold medal game will be carried on ESPN3 on Aug. 16 at 1:00 p.m. To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle’s Terrific Summer Continues As He Makes USA U17 Roster; Derryck Thornton Suffers Broken Wrist After Strong Camp

Tyus Battle’s terrific summer continues.

The 6-foot-5 2016 combo guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s made the 12-man roster for the USA U17 team that will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship next month in Dubai.

Battle has already enjoyed a strong summer in which he added offers from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Arizona to an already impressive list.

Battle also helped lead Team Scan to the Peach Jam semifinals last week, where they lost to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz Basketball Club. Battle was named to the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team.

“Tyus has really improved his overall game from last year,” U17 coach Don Showalter told SNY.tv. “He is much more aggressive and plays with more confidence both on defense and offense. For us he can play multiple positions, point guard, two or three — which makes him very valuable against international teams.

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Caleb Swanigan Gets Kentucky Offer, Makes First U17 Cut

SWaniganIt’s been quite a July for Caleb Swanigan.

He was named to the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam First Team after leading the event in rebounding.

He picked up a Kentucky offer.

And now the 6-foot-8 forward from Fort Wayne (IN) Homestead has made the first cut for the USA U17 team.

If he makes the final cut to 12 this week, Swanigan will trave to Dubai to compete in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men on Aug. 8-16. To read more of this story, click here

USA Basketball Cuts 17U Pool to 17 Players

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Ater tipping off training camp on July 24 with 32 athletes, the list of finalists for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team has been pared to 17 of the nation’s top 17-and-under basketball players.

Headlined by the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.), the list of finalists includes 10 members of the 2013 USA U16 National Team that captured gold and seven international rookies who are all jockeying for a spot on the final 12-member team.

Finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director Sean Ford, and the official 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team will be named prior to Aug. 1. To read more of this story, click here