USA Basketball Narrows Down Candidates for U17 Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Featuring 18 players from the 2009-10 USA Basketball Development National Team and one new player, USA Basketball today announced that 19 of the nation's top high school players will attend the 2010 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team's training camp June 18-24 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The USA training camp will be utilized to select the 12-member 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team and the four players who will represent the U.S. in the 3-on-3 basketball competition at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

"I think a nice thing about the group of players we'll have participating in the training is that they are very familiar with each other due to our training camps last October and last June, and competing in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina. So one strength of this group should be that we know each other and we know what we want to do as a team. You win because you are a team, not because of individuals," said Don Showalter, 2009-10 USA Developmental National Team and Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coach, who led the USA to gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship last June and who will lead the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team.

"Another strength of this group is they understand the international game. They have experience with the rule differences and some went to Argentina last summer and now know firsthand that the number one goal for the other teams is to beat the USA."

While 18 of the 21 players named last year to the 2009-10 USA Basketball Developmental National Team will attend the June training camp, USA Basketball announced that Brandon Ashley, a 6-8 forward from Bishop O'Dowd High School (Calif.) has been added to the USA Developmental National Team roster and will attend the June training camp. Ashley helped lead Bishop O'Dowd in 2009-10 to a 30-4 record and the California Division III state title game averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

"Brandon is one of those players who will add a lot to our training camp. He's an aggressive and physical player who possesses a lot of skills. He can post up and face the basket which you look for in international basketball," commented Showalter.

The 2010 USA Developmental National Team training camp will get underway on Friday, June 18 at the University of Texas at San Antonio Recreation Center. The team will then train twice a day from June 19-24.

Members of the USA Basketball Developmental National Team expected to attend the June 18-24 training include:

  • Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.)
  • Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony's H.S. / Fairview, N.J.)
  • Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.)
  • K.C. Caudill (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.)
  • Angelo Chol (Herbert Hoover H.S. / San Diego, Calif.)
  • Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.)
  • André Drummond (St. Thomas More School / Middletown, Conn.)
  • Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep / Scotch Plains, N.J.)
  • Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick H.S. / Somerdale, N.J.)
  • James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.)
  • Johnny O'Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.)
  • Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.)
  • Norvel Pelle (Price H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.)
  • L.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas)
  • Marquis Teague (Pike H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.)
  • Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S. / Seattle, Wash.)

2009-10 USA Developmental National Team members Perry Ellis, Brandan Kearney and Kevin Ware will not participate in the training.

Player selections for the USA U17 and USA Youth Olympic Games teams will be made by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee. Chaired by USA Basketball Men's National Teams Director Sean Ford (non-voting chair), the committee features five voting members: Ron Crawford, head of the Arkansas Wings AAU program and Boo Williams, head of the Boo Williams Summer League (Va.) were appointed by the AAU; Eric Flannery, head coach at St. Edwards High School (Ohio) and John Olive, head coach at Torrey Pines High School (Calif.) were appointed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS); while 1999 USA Pan American Games Team member Kermit Holmes serves as the athlete representative.

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