Jun 10, 2014 9:00 AM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -- A total of 24 of the country's top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp, will arrive on Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in hopes of making the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster. Headlining the group of invitees set to participate in training camp is a trio of high school seniors who each have two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball: Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John's School/Houston, Texas). In addition, eight others have at least attended a USA Basketball camp.
An original list of 21 invitees had been announced on May 5, 2014, however, three athletes withdrew due to personal reasons, reducing the list to 18. Six additional athletes accepted invitations to attend training camp, thus rounding out the list of invitees to the current 24.
The six athletes added to the training camp roster are: Antonio Blakeney (Oak Ridge H.S./Orlando, Fla.); Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas); Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School/Elizaville, N.Y.); Allonzo Trier(Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.); and Thomas Welsh (Loyola H.S./Redondo Beach, Calif.). Players unable to participate include P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley H.S./Columbia, S.C.); D'Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy (Fla.)/Louisville, Ky.) and Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep (Nev.)/Golden Valley, Minn.).
In addition to Johnson, Jones and Winslow, the 18 previously-announced training camp participants include:Leron Black (White Station H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Kameron Chatman (Columbia Christian School/Portland, Ore.); Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.); Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); JaKeenan Gant (Effingham County H.S./Springfield, Ga.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Dwayne Morgan (St. Francis Academy/Baltimore, Md.); Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic Academy/Hamilton, N.J.); Justin Simon (Temecula Valley H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); Glynn Watson (St. Joseph H.S./Westchester, Ill.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).
"I'm very excited about going through this process again," said Billy Donovan, USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach, who led the 2012 U18 and 2013 U19 USA National Teams to gold and a combined 14-0 record. "I see a lot of talent in this group, similar to the past couple of summers, and I'm looking forward to coaching them. Having players with USA Basketball experience certainly helps, and I know these guys will be ready to compete. Our challenge once again will be to learn to function as a team and try to reach our potential in a short amount of time."
Joining Donovan on the sideline as USA assistant coaches are collegiate head coaches Ed Cooley of Providence College and Sean Miller of the University of Arizona. Furthermore, Danny Manning (Wake Forest University), John Moore (Westmont College) and Steve Schmidt (Mott Community College) will serve as training camp court coaches, and will assist from June 10-12.