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Saturday / April 13.
  • When the list of participants for the upcoming USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team training camp came out on Thursday, five were current high school players.

    Bol Bol, Louis King, Romeo Langford, Cam Reddish and Immanuel Quickley are the five rising seniors among the 28 players invited.

    Four of those five players — everyone except King out of Hudson (N.J.) Catholic — hold scholarship offers from Kentucky in the Class of 2018. Kentucky has high interest in the 6-foot-8 King but has yet to offer.

    The 6-4 Quickley was the first point guard from that class to receive a Kentucky offer.

    Of the seven players with reported offers from Kentucky in the Class of 2018, four of them will be at the U19 trials. Langford is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2018 by ESPN.com, while Reddish is No. 4, Quickley is No. 12, King is No. 37 and Bol is No. 40.

    The team, of course, is coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari, who will now have access to these players during the tryouts June 18-20 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and to whoever makes the team for the World Championship in Cairo, Egypt July 1-9.

    The matchups for the 19th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge have been determined, and will be played in late November. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA national champions, is among the participants in this year’s event. The Challenge matches all 14 Big Ten teams against all but one ACC member. Dates, network assignments and tip times will be announced at a later date.
    ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event, matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup. All games will also be available to stream via the ESPN app.
    Seven teams are ranked in Myron Metcalf’s ESPN.com way-too-early preseason top 25 poll: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 10 Louisville, No. 12 Miami, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Notre Dame.
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