Louisvillian receives USA Basketball invite

05/06/2014 10:41 AM

USA Basketball announced a list of 21 of the nation’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp and one of the names will be familiar to Louisville high school basketball fans.

D’Angelo Russell, who is from Louisville and played his freshman year at Central High School before transferring to Monteverde Academy in Florida, received an invite. A five-star recruit, Russell is ranked as the 13th best player in the country according to espn.com

Russell, a 6’ 5” guard who has committed to Ohio State, says his home will always be in the Bluegrass state. In an interview with kentuckysports.com last month, Russell said, “People know Darrell Griffith, Rajon Rondo, Muhammad Ali. I want to be the next one on the list. So when people name those icons in our state, I want to be known as one of those icons. I don’t want to be known as the person that came out of Florida.”

Joining Russell on the list of invitees are:
Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.)
Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.)
Justise Winslow (St. John’s School / Houston, Texas).
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.)
Perry Dozier (Spring Valley H.S. / Columbia, S.C.)
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)
Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep, Nev. / Golden Valley, Minn.)
Glynn Watson (St. Joseph H.S. / Westchester, Ill.)
Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.).

The training camp, scheduled to be held June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from June 20-24.

The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Uruguay. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

“I’m very excited about going through this process again,” said Billy Donovan, USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach. Donovan 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,” Donovan said. “I’m looking forward to coaching them.”

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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