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.”