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It took some doing, but USA Basketball is bringing more gold back stateside. 

After the United States Under-17 National Team won gold at the FIBA World Championship earlier this month, the U18 team followed suit on Saturday evening, capturing gold at the FIBA Americas Championship with a 99-84 win over Canada in Valdivia, Chile. 

Incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was named tournament MVP after leading five players in double-figured with a team-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds for the United States, which finished the tournament a perfect 5-0. Consensus five-star recruit P.J. Washington added 19 on 7-for-8 shooting in the win. 

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Michael Porter Jr. went for 17 points on Friday as the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team easily defeated Brazil 88-48 in the semifinals of the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

Trae Young added 11 points; and incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz finished with 10 points, 11 assists and six steals.

Porter Jr., who committed to Washington last Friday, has led the Americans in scoring in three of their four games. That follows a 33-point outburst on July 10 when he led MoKan Elite to the Peach Jam championship in front of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and the entire staff.

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The 2016 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team outscored Chile 20-10 in the fourth quarter to turn what had been a tightly contested game into a 70-50 win at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Thursday night in Valdivia, Chile.

Incoming Maryland freshman Kevin Huerter led the way with 14 points, including four 3-pointers during a second-quarter run, while incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz added 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots;

Uncommitted Class of 2017 guard Matt Coleman added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists; and uncommitted 2017 big man Mohamed Bamba collected nine rebounds to go with his seven points.

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Michael Porter Jr., P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo combined for 53 points on Wednesday as the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team easily defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 107-63 in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

Porter Jr., who committed to Washington last Friday, scored 20 points for the second straight day and now has 73 points in his last three official games -- including a 33-point outburst on July 10 when he led MoKan Elite to the Peach Jam championship in front of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and the entire staff.

Washington added 19 points and Diallo had 14. Both players are uncommitted in the Class of 2017.

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Newly-minted Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. went for 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the USA to a 103-70 rout of Puerto Rico in the first game for both teams at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

The 6-foot-9 Porter Jr. committed to Washington on Friday on the eve of the team's trip to Chile. His father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach and head coach Lorenzo Romar is his Godfather.

Incoming Texas freshman Jarrett Allen (St. Stephen's Episcopal School/Round Rock, Texas) had 18 points and eight rebounds; Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School/New York, N.Y.) and Washington freshman Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.) each contributed 14 points; and Matt Coleman III (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) tallied 10 points.

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Before the USA Basketball U18 team heads off to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, they are training in Houston in front of NBA scouts.

One scout told SNY.tv that Markelle Fultz, Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter Jr., and Kevin Huerter have impressed so far.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

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On Tuesday evening, Matt Coleman wasn't certain he would make the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball U18 team.

After all, three Class of 2017 point guards were in the mix for the final 12 spots in Coleman, Quade Green and Trae Young.

"We're going at it, man, we're all competing to get on that 12-man roster," Coleman, a 6-foot-2 floor general from Oak Hill Academy (VA) told me by phone Tuesday before the cuts were made. "We'll see how it goes [Tuesday night]."

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USA Basketball on Tuesday night announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile July 13-17.

The cuts included Miles Bridges, Brandon McCoy, John Petty, Lonnie Walker, Kris Wilkes and Cassius Winston.

 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green wore long looks of dejection on their faces as they trudged to their airplane on Sunday evening for their flight home from the Peach Jam.

The PSA Cardinals duo had just taken a 93-65 beating at the hands of Michael Porter Jr. and MoKan Elite in the Peach Jam championship game televised on ESPNU. It was the last time Bamba and Green will play for the New York-based AAU team.

But there wasn't much time to mope, either.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Schools have been coming in droves to watch Immanuel Quickley play at the Adidas Circuit Finale.

John Calipari as well as many other high-major coaches were in attendance on Friday for Quickley's two wins, including a 27-point outing against The Firm.

"I feel good, honestly; this is a lot of fun," the 6-foot-4 Quickley out of John Carroll (Md.) told SNY.tv. "I'm just out here trying to compete and win this Adidas Finale Championship."

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After spotting Turkey (5-2) an 8-2 lead, the 2016 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team (7-0) turned on the ignition, went on a 19-0 scoring spree and continued to dominate for a 96-56 golden victory on Sunday night in Zaragoza, Spain.

The win, which was the largest margin of victory in a men's U17 title game, marked the fourth-straight gold medal for the USA in as many editions of the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men and now stand at a perfect 30-0 all-time in U17 play.

Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.), who came off the bench to finish with 16 points, including 10 in the first quarter, and eight assists, was named the U7 World Championship MVP. Joining Sexton on the All-Star Five Team was his USA teammate Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.), who finished the night with 11 points and eight rebounds, as well as Lithuania's Arnas Velicka, Bosnia-Herzegovina guard Dzanan Musa and Spain forward Sergi Martinez.

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Five players reached double-figures as the USA advanced to the championship game of the FIBA U17 World Championship where it will play Turkey on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

In the semifinals, the Americans ousted Lithuania, 98-70, in Zaragoza, Spain.

The USA U17 men won gold in all three previous FIBA U17 World Championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) and now stand at 29-0 all-time in U17 play.

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Collin Sexton went for 24 points as the USA U17 team obliterated South Korea, 133-81, on Thursday in Zaragoza, Spain to advance to the semifinals of the FIBA U17 World Championship.

The U.S. will play Lithuania in the second semifinal on Friday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNU, while Turkey will face Spain in the first. ESPNU will air the championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Turkey ousted Canada, 80-74, despite 33 points from Class of 2019 guard R.J. Barrett of Montverde (FL) Academy. Instead of moving on with a chance to face the U.S. in the finals, Canada will play for fifth place.

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Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 points and had six rebounds to help lead the USA U-17 team Sunday. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)
Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 points and had six rebounds to help lead the USA U-17 team Sunday. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

The possibility of a United States-Canada gold medal game at the FIBA U17 World Championships remains alive as both teams reached the round of 16.

Both countries handled business in their respective group-stage finales on Sunday. The Americans routed Egypt 104-57 in Zaragoza, Spain, to finish 3-0 on top of Group A. Later Sunday afternoon, Canada defeated China, 105-54, to polish off a 3-0 showing in Group C.

For the United States, Marquette commit Markus Howard led seven players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points and six rebounds.

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be seeking his third Olympic gold medal in Rio. (Adam Hunger)
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be seeking his third Olympic gold medal in Rio. (Adam Hunger)

Nursing injuries, seeking rest and growing Zika-virus fears haven't made putting together the United States National Team for the Rio Olympics easy, but the 12-man group appears set.

Reports surfaced on Saturday of Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving accepting U.S. spots. Those two got the roster to 12. They will reportedly join Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Greene, and DeAndre Jordan.

USA Basketball is scheduled to officially announce the National Team roster on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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Simi Shittu plays against La Lumiere in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament. (AP)
Simi Shittu plays against La Lumiere in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament. (AP)

 

The United States Under-17 National Team entered the FIBA World Championships on Thursday afternoon a perfect 23-0 all-time at the event dating back to 2010.

That dominance didn't stop with Thursday's game.

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari as well as assistants from Duke and Kansas are among the coaches headed overseas in the next few days to watch the USA U17 squad at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain,

Coaches from UCLA, N.C. State, Oregon and St. John's are also expected in the wake of a new rule that allows college coaches to recruit at any FIBA World Championship event, sources said.

"Coach Cal said he's coming to Spain to come and watch a game," 2017 point guard Immanuel Quickley told SNY.tv.

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It's been quite the week for Immanuel Quickley, a 6-foot-4 Class of 2018 point guard from John Carroll (Md.) High School.

On Tuesday he was named to the 12-man roster for the 2016 USA Men's U17 World Championship Team. And on midnight on Tuesday college coaches began reaching out directly to Quickley.

"[Villanova coach] Jay Wright called first," Quickley told SNY.tv from Colorado Springs, Colo. "But I got texts from Duke, Washington, Miami and Kentucky."

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P.J. Washington, a 6-foot-8 forward from Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep, made the first cut for the USA U18 National Team and is hoping to be one of the 12 finalists chosen for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

"I'm just trying my hardest to make the team," Washington told SNY.tv by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo. "It would mean the world to me because I've been looking up to playing USA ever since I first started playing. It was one of my goals and I feel like that would be a great accomplishment."

Washington is one of 12 uncommitted players among the 18 remaining.

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Quade Green is off to a great start in the summer heading into his senior season.

The 6-foot point guard from Neumann-Goretti High School and the PSA Cardinals on Thursday made the first cut for the USA Basketball U18 team.

Later this month, he is tentatively planning to visit both Duke (June 21-22) and Kentucky (June 29-30), his high school coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv.

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USA Basketball made their first round of cuts Thursday for the Men's U18 National Team. Ultimately, USA Basketball will name a 12-member team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

Among those cut were St. John's signee Shamorie Ponds, Duke signee Javin DeLaurier and 2017 wing Jordan Tucker of White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac.

The 18 players who made the cut included:

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Kris Wilkes has an eventful summer on his hands.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central is currently at the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs., Co., where he hopes to make the final 12-member team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

He will also compete at the Steph Curry SC30 Select Camp later this summer as well as on the Under Armour circuit with the Indy Hoosiers.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Nojel Eastern was one of the final cuts from the USA U17 team on Tuesday. Despite the less than ideal outcome, Eastern performed well enough to put himself in contention which was a long way from last year when he was forced to watch the U16 tryouts with a boot on his foot.

"Of course watching last year helped," said Eastern, out of Evanston (IL) Township. "Seeing what the coaches wanted out of players and seeing what it takes to make the USA team. I'm just coming out and seeing what I saw last year. Seeing what the people that made did and also what the people that didn't, what they didn't do. So I just wanted to use that to my advantage."

In the spring of 2015, Eastern suffered a dislocated ankle at the Lexington EYBL stop. The injury kept him from playing throughout the summer and into the fall. Now fully healthy, Eastern has been eager to compete against some of the top players in the 2017 and 2018 classes.

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Jordan Tucker received a late invitation to the USA Basketball U18 training camp in Colorado Springs, Co., and now finds himself competing against a loaded field.

"It's hard to get touches here, you just gotta play hard," the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday night. "Guards [are dominating] and the big men get their dunks, you know how that goes. You just gotta knock down open shots, which I haven't been doing so far."

The finalists for the U18 team are set to be announced Thursday.

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Fresh off winning gold medals with the USA U19 team at the World Championship in Greece on Sunday, 2016 stars Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are expected to compete this week at the Nike Peach Jam.

The 6-foot-8 Tatum will play with the St. Louis Eagles, while the 6-10 Giles is on the CP3 roster. The teams are in different pools in the Under-17 bracket and won't meet during pool play, which begins Thursday at 9 a.m.

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Jayson Tatum made his presence felt on his European vacation.

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Facing its?toughest game of the tournament, the United States?defended its U19 world title?with a 79-71 overtime victory over Croatia in the gold-medal game of the?FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece.

One day after dropping 30 points on the Greeks in the ?semifinals, Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson?went for 14 points, 7 assists,?5 rebounds and no turnovers to earn tournament MVP honors.

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The United States U19 team rolled into the semifinals of the World Championship in Greece with an 86-65 victory over Italy on Friday.

Villanova-bound Jalen Brunson led the Americans with 17?points and five assists and uncommitted 2016 forward Harry?Giles went for 14 points and 10 rebounds.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

As expected, the United States Under-19 National Team is rolling through the FIBA World Championship in Greece.

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Including a mix of 16 current collegians, five players who have most recently played professionally overseas, and one player who played in the NBA in 2014-15, USA Basketball today announced 22 players have accepted invitations to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men?s Basketball Team training camp that will be used to select the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Athletes expected to attend the U.S. Pan American Men?s Basketball Team training camp include Ron Baker (Wichita State/Scott City, Kan.); Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.); Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.); Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma/Mount Vernon, N.Y.); Micah Downs (Avtodor Saratov, Russia/Bothell, Wash.); Kellen Dunham (Butler/Pendleton, Ind.); Rico Gathers (Baylor/LaPlace, La.); Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia/Fort Worth, Texas); Shawn Long (Louisiana/Morgan City, La.); Monte? Morris (Iowa State/Flint, Mich.); Taurean Prince (Baylor/San Antonio, Texas); Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/Pasadena, Calif.); Joshua Scott (Colorado/Monument, Colo.); Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona/Claremont, N.H.); Romelo Trimble (Maryland/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.); Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State/Rockford, Ill.); and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayag?ez, Puerto Rico/Orlando, Fla.).

Mark Few of Gonzaga University will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men?s Basketball Team, and University of Colorado?s Tad Boyle and longtime NBA coach Mike Brown were selected as assistant coaches. The training camp will also feature a trio of court coaches, including Jason Flanigan (Holmes Community College), Ron Hunter (Georgia State) and Mark Turgeon (Maryland).

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Led by a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Jackson, a trio of 2016 stars helped the United State Under-19 National Team overcome a slow start to defeat Iran, 83-53, Saturday morning to open the FIBA World Championships in Greece.

Jackson, the No. 1-rated player in the nation according to Rivals.com, shot 8-for-14 and added four steals, while Harry Giles finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and Jayson Tatum added 12 points and seven rebounds.

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Incoming Kentucky point guard Isaiah Briscoe?will miss the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship after USA Basketball announced he had suffered a concussion during the USA?s Thursday morning practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"I do not have a concussion," Briscoe told SNY.tv by text. "It was just a headache."

Six-foot-6 guard Justin Bibbs has been added to the USA U19 World Championship Team roster in place of Briscoe.

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**UPDATE: Isaiah Briscoe suffered a head injury Thursday night, and was subsequently removed from the USA U19 team.?Read more here.**

In the past year, Isaiah Briscoe?has won a gold medal with USA Basketball, the prestigious Nike Peach Jam title with his AAU team and the New Jersey Tournament of Champions crown?with Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School.

Now he's looking to add another gold medal to his r?sum? before he heads to Kentucky next month.

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The USA U19 team has made their final cuts on Wednesday and revealed their 12-man roster.

Riley Lachance, Justin Bibbs, Brekkott Chapman and Vince Edwards have been cut from the team.

The final 12 is as follows:

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Josh Jackson has impressed coaches and scouts alike as he trains with the USA U19 team in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Duke must really want that Wendell Carter Jr. and Gary Trent Jr. package deal to materialize.

One day after offering a scholarship to the 6-foot-5 Trent Jr., who was named MVP of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship?in Argentina, the Blue Devils offered the 6-10 Carter Jr., a source confirmed to SNY.tv. Both players are members of the Class of 2017.

Both players told SNY.tv before winning gold for the USA U16 team at the FIBA Americas Championship that they had discussed a potential package deal, with Duke the leading candidate for the duo.

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If all goes right for Harry Giles, he could win his third gold medal in three years this summer with USA Basketball.

The 6-foot-10 Giles out of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian won gold in 2013?at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Uruguay and in 2014 at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai.

Now he is among 16 finalists for the U19 World Championship team that will play in Crete, Greece June 27-July 5.

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Jayson Tatum made the first cut for the USA U19 roster on Monday and says he's still considering all four schools on his college list.

A report out of St. Louis earlier this month suggested Tatum was down to two schools, suggesting it was Duke and Saint Louis.

"No, I'm still at four [schools]," the 6-foot-9 guard/forward from St. Louis (MO) Chaminade College Prep told SNY.tv by phone Monday night after the roster was cut to 16 players.

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Gary Trent Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt scored 19 points apiece to lead the USA U16 squad to a 77-60 victory over Canada in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina.

Trent Jr. was named tournament MVP after adding?six rebounds and three steals in the win.

Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Americans, and Vanderbilt also tallied 10 boards.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Training camp for the United States U19 National Team opened Saturday in Colorado Springs, but it did so minus three players expected to attend.

Maryland freshman Diamond Stone, 2016 Michigan commit Tyus Battle and uncommitted 2016 star Malik Monk all withdrew from consideration for the National Team, citing family and health reasons,?sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

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Two years ago, Duke landed a big man and a guard in a package deal that eventually resulted in the 2015 national championship.

Now, just a couple of months after Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils to the NCAA title, two other young prospects have discussed a similar package deal while soaking in the ice bath?at the USA Basketball training facility in Colorado Springs, CO.

That would be 6-10 big man Wendell Carter Jr. of Atlanta (GA) Pace and 6-5 shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. of Apple Valley (MN), two Class of 2017 stars who?made the USA U16 team.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Metropolitan area natives?Tyus Battle, Isaiah Briscoe and Eric Paschall were among 24 players named Tuesday afternoon to USA Basketball's 24-member U19 World Championship Team training camp roster.

Training camp will run in Colorado Springs from June 13-20. The 24 participants will be pared down to 12 before the team leaves for Athens on June 21. The FIBA U19 World Championships will be held June 27-July 5 in Crete, Greece.

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Arizona coach Sean Miller will replace Billy Donovan as the head coach of the USA U19 team that will compete this summer in the World Championship, sources told SNY.tv.

The event runs June 27-July 5 in Crete, Greece.

Providence coach Ed Cooley will remain as an assistant, with one other assistant to be named.

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NEW YORK -- Following a 112-86 win over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden Friday night, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said they would cut the roster from 16 to 12 by Saturday morning when the team leaves for Gran Canaria, Spain.

A team official said the announcement should come by around 9 a.m. Saturday before the team flies out. Team USA does not officially need to cut to 12 until Friday, one day before their first game against Finland in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain.

Coach K also said he feels "very confident" about Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who had 6 points and 4 assists in 13-plus minutes after sitting out Wednesday's win over the Dominican Republic with "body fatigue."

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK - Derrick Rose?did not play on Wednesday evening when the United States National Team drilled the Dominican Republic, 105-62, at Madison Square Garden, but no one seems too concerned.

"It's just body fatigue," Rose said. "No, not the knees, you don't have to worry about that. I warmed up with the team and everything. They gave me the opportunity to go out there and play or not, but I chose to rest a little bit."

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

WEST POINT, N.Y. -?Derrick Rose did not participate in the United States National Team's open practice on Monday afternoon, but anyone worried about the former MVP's surgically-repaired right meniscus can relax.

"I feel alright, it'll be fine, but if not, what's two days of rest?" Rose said after the open practice at the United States Military Academy. "I just wanted to get rest. Everything feels fine, I just wanted to get a little bit of rest.
Rose is just two days removed from an emotional return to the United Center in Chicago and a 95-78 victory over Brazil in an exhibition as preparations for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball are ongoing. Rose got the start at one guard spot Saturday night, scoring seven points to go along with four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

WEST POINT, N.Y. -?Kyrie Irving admitted Monday he hasn't been a leader during his time in Cleveland and hopes to learn from the team's veterans, now led by LeBron James.

?I haven't been a leader ? not at all,? the former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star?told RealGM in Chicago.

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Malik Newman was named MVP of the FIBA U17 World Championship and his potential future college teammate Diamond Stone also made the All-Tournament Team Saturday as the USA beat Australia, 99-92, in the gold medal game in Dubai.

The 6-foot-4 Newman from Jackson (MS) Calloway went for 21 points,?11 rebounds and 3 assists in the win. Jayson Tatum added 15 points and Harry Giles and Josh Jackson both scored 13 points.

Coach Don Showalter won his third consecutive U17 gold medal.

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