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Wednesday / June 20.
  • USA Basketball names 12 finalists for U18 team

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    USA Basketball on Tuesday named its 12-member team for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship that runs June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

    Selections were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.

    The roster and training schedule are available online.

    The 12 finalists are: Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./Briarwood, N.Y.); Armando Bacot (Trinity Episcopal School/Richmond, Va.); Ayo Dosunmu(Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas); Kamaka Hepa (Jefferson H.S./Barrow, Alaska); Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.); Trayce Jackson-Davis (Center Grove H.S./Greenwood, Ind.); Josiah James (Porter-Gaud School/Charleston, S.C.);  Tyrese Maxey (South Garland H.S./Dallas, Texas);  Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Bishop Miege H.S./Shawnee Mission, Kan.);  Mark Watts Jr. (Old Redford Academy/Detroit, Mich.); and Coby White (Greenfield H.S./Goldsboro, N.C.).

    The team will continue training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, until June 7, when it departs for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in St. Catharines, Canada. The team was selected by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.

     “It was tough getting it to 12,” said Bill Self, USA U18 and University of Kansas head coach. “It was tough getting it from 33 to 18, but even with the 18 we’ve had a couple of extra days with and know how committed they all are to trying to make the team, knowing that different guys look better on different days and in different situations, it was tough getting to 12 because there are a lot of interchangeable parts.

    “I think the committee made some good selections, and I’m excited about working with this group. One of the things I think they bring to the table is versatility. They’re very interchangeable. I can see us playing four little guards around a big. I could see us playing two bigs, two little guards and a three. I think this team has some different things they’ll be able to do, depending on how we stack up against our opponents. The other thing, and this goes for all 18 guys, the appearance is that they really like each other. The appearance is that they’ll be a fun group to spend two weeks with, which obviously is very important to teams being successful, of guys understanding that some days it might not be their day, it might be somebody else’s day.”

    Grimes is the only team member who previously has played for a USA Basketball national team – having suited up for the USA in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit.

    Anthony, Bacot, Hurt, Jackson-Davis, James, Maxey and Watts were members of the 2018 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that took part in the NCAA Next Generation Sunday at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

    Dosumnu, Hepa, Robinson-Earl and White were named to the 2018 USA Men’s U18 National Team after taking part in their first USA Basketball training camp.

    Training camp tipped-off on May 30 with 33 athletes, and 18 finalists were named on June 3 after five training sessions. The 18 finalists had an additional five practices together prior to the team announcement.

    The USA Men’s U18 National Team, in the hunt for a fifth-straight gold medal, will compete in Group A and open preliminary round play against Dominican Republic on June 10 (6 p.m. EDT), followed by a June 11 (8:15 p.m. EDT) clash against Panama and tip-off against Puerto Rico on June 12 (6 p.m. EDT).

    Group B features Argentina, host Canada, Chile and Ecuador.

    Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded within each group, and all eight teams advance to the June 14 quarterfinal games. The semifinals will be played June 15, and the finals on June 16. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

    Self is being assisted by Anthony Grant (Dayton) and Danny Manning(Wake Forest).

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.