MVP Gary Trent Jr. leads six veterans on Team USA roster for U17 Worlds

MVP Gary Trent Jr. leads six veterans on Team USA roster for U17 Worlds

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MVP Gary Trent Jr. leads six veterans on Team USA roster for U17 Worlds

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Troy Brown (Photo: USA Basketball)

Troy Brown (Photo: USA Basketball)

USA Basketball trimmed down its roster for the Men’s U17 World Championship Team sooner than expected with the final roster set Tuesday at training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The team will represent the United States at the 2016 FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship, June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain.

The trials had been trimmed to 18 players over the weekend before the final 12 were selected.

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Six players — Gary Trent Jr., Jordan Brown, Wendell Carter Jr., Markus Howard, Kevin Knox II, Javonte Smart — helped Team USA qualify for worlds last summer by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with a 5-0 mark. Trent was the MVP of that event.

Jordan Brown (Woodcreek/Roseville, Calif.);
* Troy Brown (Centennial/Las Vegas);
* Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.);
Carte’Are Gordon (Webster Groves/St. Louis);
* Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.);
* Jaren Jackson Jr. (Park Tudor School/Carmel, Ind.);
* Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic/Riverview, Fla.);
* Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll School/Havre De Grace, Md.);
Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook/Mableton, Ga.);
* Javonte Smart(Scotlandville/Baton Rouge, La.);
* Gary Trent Jr (Apple Valley/Burnsville, Minn.);
* Austin Wiley (Spain Park/Hoover, Ala.).
“We always look for guys who are versatile and can play multiple positions and I think we have that,” coach Don Showalter said in a news release. “I like our size, and when you go play international at this level, you are going to play against bigger bodies. I also think we have a good mix of shooters and slashers.
“Our guys like Wendell Carter, Markus Howard, Kevin Knox II and Gary Trent Jr., who we had last year, are really good players. Austin Wiley is a guy that wasn’t with us last year and he’s improved a lot. I like Jordan Brown, he was with us last year, but I think he has gotten so much better. We’ve got a couple point guards that have impressed us in Collin Sexton and Immanuel Quickley, plus you can throw Javonte Smart, who also played for us last year, in there as well. The improvement from a physical perspective is noticeable, but there’s also growth from a mental perspective as well.
“I’ve been involved since 2009, and this may have been one of the toughest years we’ve had, because these kids competed so hard. There wasn’t one player that checked out going into the last practice. I think all 18 guys had a legitimate chance of making this team, which made this so hard.”

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