The U.S. U16 team opened with a near-100-point rout in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Tuesday.
The Americans crushed Mexico, 130-31, in their first game behind Diamond Stone’s 20 points, Malik Newman’s 19 and 14 apiece from Harry Giles and Ivan Rabb Jr. Rabb Jr. added 12 rebounds and Giles had 10. Here’s the box.
“With the international shot clock of 24 seconds, both teams have to keep playing,” USA coach Don Showalter told SNY.tv by phone from Uruguay. “With our length we caused quite a few turnovers and easy baskets so that was a big difference, obviously. To read more of this story, click here
Following a three-day training camp featuring 30 members of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, 16 finalists were announced for the 2013 USA Basketball U16 National Team.
The roster will be pared down to 12 before the squad departs on June 7 for the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which will be played June 11-15 in Maldonado, Uruguay.
The finalists, who must be 16-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997) and a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this team, were selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee.
Named as finalists to the 2013 U.S. U16 squad were: Thomas Bryant, pictured at left (Bishop Kearney H.S. / Rochester, N.Y.); Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College H.S. (DC) / Kensington, Md.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S. / Rice Lake, Wis.); Terrance Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy / Flower Mound, Texas); Daniel Giddens To read more of this story, click here
Tyus Battle will soon find out if he has made the 12-man roster for the USA U16 National Team, but he has already impressed head coach Don Showalter.
“Boy I tell you, he is a tough kid defensive-wise,” Showalter told SNY.tv Saturday by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo. “He struggled a little bit shooting the ball the first practice or two, but he’s just kind of fitting right in and shooting the ball much better. So I like him a lot.”
Showalter will cut the 31-man roster down to 12 on Saturday night and name the final list Sunday morning.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s is obviously hoping to make the roster for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship later this month in Uruguay. To read more of this story, click here
Whether or not Jesse Govan will make the USA U16 team remains an open question.
But he’s certainly getting to test himself against some of the top big men in his age group.
During practices in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 6-foot-9, 255-pound Govan has gone against Ivan Raab, Diamond Stone, Thomas Bryant and Henry Ellenson, among others.
“This is a great opportunity to play against great competition,” Govan, a rising junior from St. Mary’s High School on Long Island, told SNY.tv by phone. “Every day you get to play against the best of the best so it gets you better.” To read more of this story, click here
Derrick Jones is in the midst of a very busy weekend.
The 6-foot-6 2015 forward from Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll and the WE-R1 AAU club is currently in Colorado Springs, Colo., trying out for the USA Men’s U16 National Team. (He is No. 34 in the picture at left).
After hopefully making the 12-man roster, Jones will fly Sunday to Philadelphia in time to play in the Mary Kline Classic Underclassmen Game at Philadelphia University.
“I’m leaving early,” Jones told To read more of this story, click here
As the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, Ivan Rabb would seem to stand a strong chance of making the USA Men’s U16 National Team.
But Rabb — and the other 30 players trying out in Colorado Springs, Colo., — won’t learn the 12-man roster until later this weekend.
“It means a lot to me because I think I’m pretty much the only player on the West Coast who’s here,” the 6-foot-10, 203-pound forward from Oakland Bishop O’Dowd told SNY.tv by phone. “Most of the other people are from the South are the East Coast. I just want to represent for the West side as well.”
And if Rabb ends up making the team that will compete in the team that will compete in the FIBA To read more of this story, click here
Thomas Bryant is a 6-foot-9 forward from Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney who is one of 31 of the nation’s top 16-and-under players competing this weekend in Colorado Springs with the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team.
Twelve players will get the opportunity to play for head coach Don Showalter and USA Basketball in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay.
“It feels great,” Bryant, 15, told SNY.tv by phone. “It’s just an honor to come here and play against the top-ranked players in your class. It’s great competition. You just have to go out there and show what you’re made of.” To read more of this story, click here
A year ago, Julius Randle was Team USA’s leading scorer and rebounder at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil.
The 6-foot-10 forward averaged team-highs of 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game through five wins.
Yet when the 24-man roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training was announced Wednesday, Randle was not on it.
Nor were his future Kentucky teammates Andrew and Aaron Harrison (who were cut from the U18 team) or incoming Duke freshman Jabari Parker.
All of those players are projected as potential lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.
There are no Kentucky players on the roster.
“Most of it is, they didn’t want to play. I’m not forcing kids to do anything,” Kentucky coach John Calipari told Sporting News. “I think the reason they all turned it down is, they want to get started.” To read more of this story, click here
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to coach Team USA in the 2016 Olympics, according to SI.com.
Coach K led the United States to gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London, but initially said he would not coach again.
Now he has reportedly changed his mind.
“I think it’s very close to being resolved,” USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told SI.com. “That’s all I can say for sure.” To read more of this story, click here
Twenty-four players, including 16 with previous USA Basketball experience, have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training camp that will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Here’s the roster:
2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training Camp Roster
NAME Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB School Hometown
Ryan Arcidiacono G 6-3 190 03/26/94 Villanova University Langhorne, Pa.
Bryce Alford G 6-3 175 01/18/95 La Cueva HS/(UCLA)* Albuquerque, N.M.
Brandon Ashley F/C 6-8 190 07/15/94 University of Arizona San Francisco, Calif.
Robert Carter C 6-8 250 04/04/94 Georgia Tech Thomasville, Ga.
Damyean Dotson G 6-5 200 05/06/94 University of Oregon Houston, Texas To read more of this story, click here