When 33 of the top under-16 basketball players gather for a training camp to determine who will represent Team USA in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, you can expect the competition to be intense.
How intense? Take a look at the video here of highlights.
And consider this: Some of the top names in the Class of 2017 and 2018 in recruiting circles from the original invitees list didn’t make the cut, including Troy Brown Jr, Marvin Bagley III, E.J. Montgomery and Naz Reid.
Seventeen finalists have been named with the 12 members to be named before the team departs for Argentina. The tournament is scheduled for June 10-14. The top four teams earn a berth in the 2016 U17 Worlds.
Selected as finalists were: Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./ Roseville, Calif.); Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); Carte’Are Gordon (St. John Vianney H.S./St. Louis, Mo.); Jaylen Hands (Mater Dei Catholic H.S./Chula Vista, Calif.); Elijah Hardy (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Jalen Hill (Corona Centennial H.S./Corona, Calif.); Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.); Brandon Johns (East Lansing H.S./Lansing, Mich.); Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Appel Valley, Minn.);Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Jaylen Nowell (Garfield H.S./Seattle, Wash.);Charles O’Bannon Jr. (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Ja’Vonte Smart (Scotlandville HS/Baton Rouge, La.); Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Jarred Vanderbilt(Victory Prep School/Houston, Texas); Connor Vanover (Arkansas Baptist H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); and Robert Woodard (Columbus H.S./Columbus, Miss.).