USA Basketball trimmed the Men’s U17 World Championship Team final roster from 17 to 12 on Tuesday. The final squad includes nine players who were on the 2013 USA U16 team that won the FIBA Americas Championship last summer, including tournament MVP Malik Newman, a guard from Callaway (Jackson, Miss.).
The rest of the final U17 team: Tyus Battle, Gill St. Bernard’s School (Gladstone, N.J.); Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake, Wis.; Terrence Ferguson Prime Prep Academy (Dallas); Harry Giles III, Wesleyan Christian Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson, Consortium College Prep (Detroit); V.J. King, St. Vincent-St. Mary(Akron, Ohio); Ivan Rabb, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.); Devearl Ramsey, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.); Diamond Stone, Dominican (Milwaukee); Caleb Swanigan, Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.); and Jayson Tatum, Chamindade (St. Louis).
“Any one of the 17 players could have been a part of our 12,” said USA head coach Don Showalter of Iowa City Iowa, in a release. “We couldn’t really make a wrong decision. Whoever would have been picked would have been the right decision. It just boiled down to filling in some gaps as far as who could play well together and who’s going to be specialty people for us. ”
The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Aug. 8-16.
The athletes who won gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship are Ferguson, Giles, Jackson, King, Newman, Rabb, Ramsey, Stone and Tatum.
Injuries played a factor for at least two players who didn’t make the final cut. Thomas Bryant of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, had been bothered by patella tendinitis and Derrcyk Thornton of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) broke his hand. The three others who made it to the final 17 but did not make the final cut to 12: T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (La Mesa, Calif.); De’Aaron Fox Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas); and Mustapha Heron, Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.).