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 “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

Malik Newman Will Cut List in Fall, Stone Likely to Announce First

Malik Newman plans to cut his list to “no more than six” schools by September and likely won’t announce his college choice until after Diamond Stone does.

“Yeah, probably by the beginning of school, probably in like September,” the 6-foot-4 guard from Jackson (MS) Callaway told by phone from the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO. “No more than six.”

Diamond Stone, the 6-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican who has been linked to Newman in a potential package deal, has set his announcement date for Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

Newman has not yet picked a date for his announcement, and it appears that Stone may announce first and Newman will go from there. To read more of this story, click here

USA Basketball U17 Trials to Draw Players, Coaches Away from AAU Events; Serves as Incubator for Potential Package Talk

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College basketball coaches across America will head out on Wednesday for the third of three NCAA sanctioned recruiting weekends in the month of July.

While coaches will flock to events in Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey and elsewhere in hopes of securing future players, the single greatest concentration of talent might be taking place at the USA Basketball U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

Several hundred coaches are expected in Colorado Springs on Friday – the one day the trials are open to college coaches — many of them stopping through on their way to or from Vegas to scout the talent.

Talent that won’t be in Louisville for AAU Nationals or in New Jersey at Live in AC or the Battle of Borders or at any other event across America. To read more of this story, click here

USA Wins Gold in FIBA Americas U18 Championship (UPDATED)

USAThe USA won a gold medal Tuesday night in the FIBA Americans U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, CO, with a 113-79 rout of Canada.

Duke freshman Justise Winslow went for 20 points and 10 rebounds, Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson had 19 points en route to MVP honors and uncommitted junior guard Isaiah Briscoe tallied 14 points and five rebounds.

For Winslow, Johnson and Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones, it was their third gold medal for USA basketball.

Winslow Tweeted: “Looks like we all got 3 gold medals now.. Congrats brothers! @Tyusjones06 @Chief_Justise @StanMan_5 #TeamUSA”

It was also the third gold medal in three years for head coach Billy Donovan. To read more of this story, click here

USA, Canada to Play for Gold in U18 Championship

As expected, the USA and Canada will play Tuesday for the gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, CO.

The U.S. advanced Monday with a 90-56 win over the Dominican Republic, while Canada beat Argentina, 91-82.

For the U.S., Stanley Johnson led all scorers with 15 points, also swiped a team-high seven rebounds and had three steals; Duke freshman Tyus Jones scored 14 points and dished out seven assists; Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.) scored 13 and picked off three steals; Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio) shot 3-of-6 from 3-point and closed with 11 points; Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.) scored 10 points and shot 8-of-12 from the line; while Texas freshman Myles Turner added nine points and Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.) had eight. To read more of this story, click here

USA, Canada Appear Headed for Championship Clash in U18s


The USA and Canada appear headed for a title-game clash in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Both teams swept their pool play games and will play in Monday’s semifinals.

Canada will meet Argentina Monday at 3:15 p.m. Mountain Time in one semifinal, and the U.S. will take on the Dominican Republic afterward.

The championship game is Tuesday afternoon.

All four medal semifinal teams earned a berth to the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be hosted by Greece.

Jalen Brunson scored 16 points Sunday to pace the U.S. to a 118-64 win over Argentina. To read more of this story, click here

USA, Canada Roll on in FIBA Americas U18 Championship

FIBA Americas U18 Mens ChampionshipThe USA and Canada continued to roll on Saturday in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, CO.

One day after hammering Uruguay by 96 points, the U.S. crushed Mexico 100-46.

Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.) paced the U.S. attack with 18 points, Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.) and Duke frosh Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas) scored 14 apiece, Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.) added 11 and Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.) was one board shy of a double-double after scoring 10 points and hauling in nine rebounds. To read more of this story, click here