USA names 2015-16 Junior National Team members, including elite freshmen Bagley and Montgomery

USA names 2015-16 Junior National Team members, including elite freshmen Bagley and Montgomery

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USA names 2015-16 Junior National Team members, including elite freshmen Bagley and Montgomery

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Corona del Sol freshman Marvin Bagley III is one of 27 players named to USA  Basketball's Junior National Team.

Corona del Sol freshman Marvin Bagley III is one of 27 players named to USA Basketball’s Junior National Team.

USA Basketball named 27 players to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team on Thursday. From that group, 12 players will be named for the USA U16 National Team for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, following  a team training camp May 28-June 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

According to Future 150’s composite rankings, the players named include the No. 1 through No. 4 players in the 2018 class, respectively, in Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward E.J. Montgomery; Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) forward Marvin Bagley III; Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.) forward Jordan Brown; and Nazreon Reid, a forward for Roselle (N.J.) Catholic. The lists also includes 247Sports.com’s composite No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7 players in the 2017 class, respectively, in Troy Brown, a guard from Centennial (Las Vegas); Jarred Vanderbilt, a forward from Victory Prep (Houston) and Wendell Carter Jr. of Pace Academy (Atlanta).

The rest of the players: Michael Barber, forward, The Veritas School (Jackson, Miss.); Marquis Brown, guard, Simeon (Chicago); Nojel Eastern, guard, Evanston Township (Evanston, Ill.); Darius Garland, guard, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.); Carte’Are Gordon, forward, St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.); Jaylen Hands, guard, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.); Elijah Hardy, guard, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.); Markus Howard, guard, Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.); Brandon Johns, forward, East Lansing, Mich.; Montez Mathis, guard, Mount Carmel (Baltimore); Jaylen Nowell, guard, Garfield (Seattle); Charles O’Bannon Jr., forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas); Cameron Reddish, guard, The Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.); David Sloan, guard, Taylor County (Campbellsville, Ky.); Ja’Vonte Smart, guard, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.); Gary Trent Jr., guard, Apple Valley, Minn.; Connor Vanover, center, Arkansas Baptist (Little Rock); Kaleb Wesson, center, Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio); Austin Wiley, forward, Spain Park (Birmingham, Ala.); and Robert Woodard, guard, Columbus, Miss.

“We had most of these guys out last October for our USA Junior National Team mini-camp and overall we’ve got a really good combination of good bigs who are very skilled, some good shooters and some very good point guards,” said USA head coach Don Showalter of Iowa City Iowa, in a USA Basketball release. “So, we have a really good combination of players. This will be a good group to work with over the next couple of years, and I like our chances at the U16s with these guys.”

 

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