Chase Jeter Replaces Dwayne Morgan on US U18 Team

After being one of the last three cuts for the USA U18 National Team on Sunday, 7-foot center Chase Jeter of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas was added back on to the team Wednesday evening.

Jeter replaces UNLV commit Dwayne Morgan of Baltimore St. Francis Academy who left the team because his grandmother is ill.

“Dwayne had to come home on emergency due to the nature of his ailing grandmom,” his mentor Dwayne Wise told SNY.tv.

“USA Basketball has been very supportive of him and has communicated with his mom since he got back to Baltimore Monday night. He was still on the team and it was decided today that he stay home to ensure they can get a  replacement in enough time. Dwayne is naturally disappointed, wanting badly to play and to rep his country but with mom in grievance, he was needed back.” To read more of this story, click here

Zimmerman Talks USA Basketball, Recruiting

ZimmermanStephen Zimmerman received more than 30 text messages from college coaches after making the USA U18 team, but he said the funniest came from Louisville assistant Wyking Jones.

“Coach Jones from Louisville said if I keep this up then maybe my girlfriend will actually start liking me,'” the 6-foot-11 Zimmerman out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman said by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo.

If Zimmerman can help Team USA win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, you have to think his girlfriend will be a big fan.

“I was really excited to make it this far and it’s a real good opportunity,” he said. “I’m real blessed. Now the only goal is to win a gold medal.” To read more of this story, click here

USA U18 Team Finalizes Roster as it Cuts to 12

The 12-member 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team was announced Sunday morning and features seven players boasting of prior USA Basketball experience, including Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas), who each have won two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball.

Also included on the official USA U18 roster are: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/Elizaville, N.Y.); Dwayne Morgan (St. Francis Academy/Baltimore, Md.); Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).

Chase Jeter, Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Welsh were the last three players cut. To read more of this story, click here

Jalen Brunson Talks USA Basketball, Recruiting

For a guy like Jalen Brunson, making the first cut for the USA Basketball U18 team is not only a confirmation of his skillset.

It also allows him to compete against players a year older, such as Duke freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow and Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson.

“It’s great not just because of the physical aspect but they’ve been here [with USA Basketball] twice,” the 6-foot-1 Brunson out of Lincolnshire (IL) Adlai Stevenson told SNY.tv by phone from Colorado Springs. “They’ve won two gold medals so they’re very experienced. And their teaching has really helped.” To read more of this story, click here

After Whirlwind Trip from Italy to Colorado, Jaylen Brown Excelling at USA Basketball Tryouts

StanleyJaylen Brown has traveled so much this week he may be ready to co-star with William Shatner in a Priceline.com ad.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Marietta (GA) High School junior wing left the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy at 1 p.m. Monday so that he could play in the USA Basketball U18 tryouts beginning the next day in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I [flew] from Italy to New York and that was 10 hours,” Brown told SNY.tv by phone Thursday evening. “And then New York to Denver and that was five hours, and then a one-hour car drive to Colorado Springs.”

After a long sleep in Colorado Springs, Brown was in the gym by 8:30 Tuesday morning so he could get up some shots “and get used to the elevation.” Jet lag is still a factor, but he’s battling through it.
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Briscoe Makes First USA Cut, Will Trim List This Month

Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe made the first cut for the USA U18 team, and hopes to make the final roster of 12 which will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship later this month.

“It feels good just knowing that all the hard work I put in is showing,” the 6-foot-3 Briscoe told SNY.tv by text after cuts were made. “It’s still one more cut to be made of three but I’m just still trying to play my game and hope to represent my country.”

As reported here earlier this month, Briscoe plans to cut his list to eight colleges sometime later this month, either after the FIBA Americas championship or after the Kyrie Irving Point Guard Academy that runs June 23-25 at Kean University. To read more of this story, click here

USA Basketball Cuts U18 Roster to 15

USA Basketball cut the U18 roster to 15 players on Thursday and will cut again to 12 before the FIBA U18 Americas Championship begins next week at the US Olympic Training Center.

The current roster includes incoming Duke freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow and 2015 Duke commit Luke Kennard, along with incoming Arizona frosh Stanley Johnson:

“I thought the group all-together was really, really great. Now that we’ve narrowed it down to 15 guys, we’ll get a chance to practice with those guys. As I’ve said, it’s not necessarily about having the 12 best players but having the 12 best guys that will make up the best team. I think with these 15 players there are a lot of options to choose from. This group is very talented and really good,” said Billy Donovan, USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach, who led the 2012 U18 and 2013 U19 USA National Teams to gold and a combined 14-0 record. To read more of this story, click here

Blakeney, Jeter, Trier Added to USA U18 Tryout Roster

WinslowTwenty-four of the country’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, will arrive on Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in hopes of making the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster.

Headlining the group of invitees set to participate in training camp is a trio of high school seniors who each have two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball: Arizona-bound Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.) and Duke commits Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas). In addition, eight others have at least attended a USA Basketball camp. To read more of this story, click here

Donovan, Miller, Cooley to Coach USA U18s

Florida head coach Billy Donovan, who led USA Basketball teams to gold medals in 2012 and 2013, will return to lead the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and joining him on the sideline as USA assistant coaches will be Ed Cooley of Providence College and Sean Miller of the University of Arizona.

“Coach Donovan is not only one of the great college basketball coaches but he has proven to be successful with USA Basketball as well,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting the USA men’s U18 coaching staff. “Coach Cooley and coach Miller give us a staff of great teachers and great coaches. The U18 team will be well prepared for international competition.” To read more of this story, click here

USA-Turkey Rematch Headlines Group C as FIBA World Cup Draw Announced

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Team USA is going to be a heavy favorite to win the FIBA World Cup, which runs Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain, but that doesn’t mean the Americans won’t necessarily get tested, even in group play.

The draw for the 24-team event, formerly known as the FIBA World Championships, was released on Monday afternoon and with the United States headlining Group C, the one other team that sticks out there the six is Turkey. The Turks, ranked seventh in the latest FIBA World Ranking, had their greatest showing ever in international play when, as the host nation in 2010, they made a surprising run to the gold medal game of the World Championships before falling to the United States, 81-69.

Kevin Durant led all scorers that day with 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting. The NBA scoring-leader has already committed to playing this summer in Spain, as has Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.

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