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  • Scottie Barnes, Sharife Cooper, Cade Cunningham lead high school players in USA U19 tryouts

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    The 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp that gets underway June 15 will feature 33 elite athletes including nine USA gold medalists, 15 athletes with prior experience from at least one USA Basketball training camp and nine athletes who will be new to USA Basketball. The training camp will be held June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    New additions to the training camp roster include Jared Butler (Baylor University/Reserve, La.) and Reggie Perry (Mississippi State/Thomasville, Ga.),while R.J. Hampton (Little Elm H.S./Little Elm, Texas), Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.) and Mark Watts Jr.(SPIRE Institute/Pontiac, Mich.) have withdrawn from attending the camp.

    The training camp will be used to determine the official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, which will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.

    Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on the morning of June 18, and the team will be named prior to its departure for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Greece on June 24. The FIBA U19 World Cup will take place June 29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.

    In addition to Butler and Perry, five athletes will be college sophomores in 2019-20, including Kessler Edwards (Pepperdine/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State/Oshkosh, Wis.), Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama/Meridianville, Ala.), Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State/Mansfield, Texas), Jayden Scrubb (John A. Logan College/Louisville, Ky.), Trevion Williams (Purdue/Chicago, Ill.) and Bryce Wills (Stanford/White Plains, N.Y.).

    Attending from the graduating high school class of 2019 will be: Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./William Grove, Pa.), Dajuan Gordon (Curie H.S./Chicago, Ill.), Justin Moore (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Accokeek, Md.), Casey Morsell (St. John’s College H.S./Washington, D.C.), Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins H.S./Hopkins, Minn.),  Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills H.S./Chino, Calif.), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (IMG Academy, FL/Overland Park, Kan.), Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, IN/Rochester, N.Y.), Anton Watson (Gonzaga Prep/Spokane, Wash.), Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.) and Samuell Williamson (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas).

    From the high school class of 2020 will be: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.), Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep, Calif./Chicago, Ill.), Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.), Sharife Cooper (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas), Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md./Alexandria, Va.), Jalen Green (Prolific Prep/Fresno, Calif.), Walker Kessler (Woodward Academy/Newnan, Ga.), Caleb Love (Christian Brothers College H.S./St. Louis, Mo.), Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian School/Temecula, Calif.), Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.), Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.) and Ziaire Williams (Notre Dame H.S./Sherman Oaks, Calif.).

    The USA will be led by U19 head coach Bruce Weber (Kansas State), with assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central).

                The court coaches assisting at training camp will include Rodney Billups (University of Denver), Jeff Britt (Bethel University, Tenn.), Jeff Culver (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Chris Holtmann (Ohio State University) and Hank Plona (Indian Hills Community College).

    The USA U19 training roster features two-time USA Basketball gold medalists Barnes, Green, Hampton, Suggs and Weems, while Mobley, Robinson-Earl and Stewart have each won one gold medal in international play. Burnett and Morton add to the gold medal count having recently won gold at the 2019 FIBA 3X3 U18 World Cup.

    Additionally, Moore, Robinson-Earl and Stewart helped USA Basketball to a win over the World Select Team in the 2019 Nike Hoop Summit on April 12.

    (Release via USA Basketball)

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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.