On Monday, USA Basketball announced that future Arizona men’s basketball player Stanley Johnson is invited to the Men’s U18 National Team training camp.
Johnson is among the 12 athletes with prior USA basketball experience to be invited and one of three who have won gold medals. The camp will be held June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 21 players will try out.
The final, 12-member team will compete in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 20-24. The tournament will feature Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. and Uruguay.
The top four teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. The competition is for athletes born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim chaired the selection committee.
“I’m very excited about going through this process again,” said Billy Donovan, USA U18 National Team and University of Florida head coach. “I see a lot of talent in this group, similar to the past couple of summers, and I’m looking forward to coaching them.”
Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow are the other two gold medalists invited. Former Wildcat Aaron Gordon won MVP honors last summer as the U.S. won the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague.
“Having players with USA Basketball experience certainly helps, and I know these guys will be ready to compete,” Donovan said. “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.”
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