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Friday / July 19.
  • Sixty-Five Athletes to Participate in USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp

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    USA Basketball announced 65 athletes will participate in a USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp from April 4-7 in conjunction with the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The minicamp includes participating in the NCAA Next Generation on Sunday, April 7.

    Minicamp participants will represent the high school graduating classes of 2025, 2026 and 2027. Players and coaches were selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. In addition to on-court drills and scrimmages, the Junior National Team members will participate in a series of educational programs presented by USA Basketball and the NCAA focused on NCAA eligibility and education as well as life skills development.

    “USA Basketball appreciates these athletes for their commitment to this program and their development,” said Sean Ford, committee chair and USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team director. “Minicamps are a great opportunity to learn on and off the court. We’re excited to see a lot of returning players and welcome the first-time athletes.” 

    On Sunday, April 7, athletes will take part in multiple intrasquad scrimmages including one at State Farm Stadium, site of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Minicamp participants will also attend Saturday night’s semifinal games.

    The class of 2025 attendees include Nate Ament, Mikel Brown Jr., Nikola Bundalo, Terrion Burgess, Chris Cenac Jr., Jerry Easter II, Kingston Flemings, Jeremiah Green, Hudson Greer, Jalen Haralson, Shelton Henderson, Bryce James, Jamier Jones, Jackson Keith, Nikolas Khamenia, Nyk Lewis, JJ Mandaquit, Jack McCaffery, Trey McKenney, Malachi Moreno, Chris Nwuli, Koa Peat, Darryn Peterson, Aaron Rowe, Xavion Staton, Meleek Thomas, Jaden Toombs, Nigel Walls, Sadiq White, Sebastian Williams-Adams and Caleb Wilson.

    The class of 2026 will be represented Davion Adkins, JaShawn “JJ” Andrews, Alijah Arenas, Tajh Ariza, Brandon Bass Jr., Alex Constanza, Junior County, Jason Crowe Jr., Anthony Felesi, Sam Funches, Jayden Hodge, Cam Holmes, Caleb Holt, Kaden House, Kalek House, Jacob Lanier, Brandon McCoy Jr., Jalen Montonati, Chidi Nwigwe, Adam Oumiddoch, Steven Reynolds III, Deron Rippey Jr., Quincy Wadley and Elijah Williams.

    For the class of 2027, Beckham Black, Malachi Booker, Devin Cleveland, Derek Daniels, Ryan Hampton, Jaylan Mitchell, Babatunde Oladotun, Jordan Page, Henry Robinson Jr. and Darius Wabbington will be in attendance.

    The group features 45 players who boast USA Basketball competition, training camp or minicamp experience. Holt, Mandaquit, McCoy, Montonati, Peat and Peterson helped the U.S. take home its eighth consecutive FIBA U16 AmeriCup (formerly FIBA Americas U16 Championship) gold medal in 2023. Peat, the 2023 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, also won gold with the 2022 U17 National Team.

    Of the returning athletes, 44 participated in the 2023 Junior National Team October minicamp, 28 in the 2023 Junior National Team April minicamp, 19 in the 2022 October minicamp and four from the 2022 April minicamp.

    Minicamp coaches include Dominic Amorosa, Rob Brost, Sam Duane, Todd Fazio, Scott Fitch, Matt Hooten, Tony Irons, Mike Jones III, Chet Mason, Andre Noble, Ray Portela, David Rebibo, Almamy Thiero, Ras Vanderloo, Charlie Ward, Greg White and Sharman White.

    (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.

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