Monday, July 17, 2017

T.J.'s summer 2017

Orlando Summer League July 1-6 2017

with Isaac Hamilton and The Pacers 

Game 1 - July 1 vs. Magic W 85-74
T.J. DNP; I. Ham DNP

Game 2 - July 2 vs. Hornets W 84-77
T.J. 12 pts, 5 rbds; I. Ham 4 pts, 1 rbd



Game 3 - July 3 vs. Heat W 86-83
T.J. 19 pts, 10 rbds; I. Ham DNP



Game 4 - July 4 vs. Mavs L 94-79
T.J. 7 pts, 4 rbds; I.Ham 4 pts, 2 rbds

Game 5 - July 5 No Game

Game 6 - July 6 vs. OKC W 89-80
T.J. DNP; I.Ham 8 pts, 1 assist, 1 stl

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lonzo line vs 76ers: 36 pts, 11 assists (6 to's), 8 rbds, 2 blocks, 5 steals

Bryce Alford looks to seize opportunity with Warriors

jul 12, 2017 | connor letourneau | s.f. gate | ARTICLE LINK
LAS VEGAS — It didn’t take Bryce Alford long to learn that an elite college pedigree doesn’t necessarily translate to an NBA contract. During his eight pre-draft workouts, front-office executives consistently told him that he would probably need to take a circuitous route to the league.
“They said they thought I was an NBA player,” Alford said. “They just thought I needed to find my niche. It might be an interesting path to get there.”
Less than three weeks after he went undrafted, Alford is trying to parlay a Summer League stint with the NBA champions into a training-camp invite somewhere. His chances improved in the Warriors’ 78-76 double-overtime loss Tuesday night to Minnesota. Filling in for Jabari Brown (rest) in the starting lineup, he had 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.
Alford’s aggressive shooting helped lift Golden State out of its early offensive rut. Eager to shed his label as a one-dimensional gunner, he initiated the offense at times and flashed some nifty passing. The hope is that it was enough to impress an NBA team in need of a combo guard capable of stretching the floor.
Golden State, which already boasts a backcourt deep in scorers, is expected to add a big man when it fills its 15th and final roster spot. Alford’s best chance is to try to show another team that he can be a sharpshooter in the mold of JJ Redick or Kyle Korver.
“He gave us a little boost,” said Chris DeMarco, the Warriors’ Summer League head coach. “We were obviously looking for some scoring, and he did it. He knows how to play the game.”
A lightly touted prospect coming out of high school in New Mexico, Bryce blossomed into one of the best shooters in UCLA history under his father, head coach Steve Alford. Bryce finished his four-year career as the only player in school history to tally more than 1,700 points and 500 assists. His 329 three-pointers were a Bruins record, eclipsing Jason Kapono’s 317 more than a decade earlier.
Last season, while playing alongside Lonzo Ball, Alford posted career-best shooting percentages from the field (44.7) and three-point range (43). Still, many scouts figured he didn’t have the speed or athleticism to defend NBA guards. It also didn’t help that, at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, he is a shooting guard with a point guard’s frame.
“I knew it was a long shot to get drafted,” Alford said, “so I was probably going to have to do some work.”
Alford chose Golden State over other Summer League offers, in part because UCLA emulated the Warriors’ system. The problem was that, while stuck behind Brown on the depth chart, he totaled only seven minutes over his first two outings. It remains unclear how much Alford’s playing time will dip when Brown returns to the rotation Wednesday against Minnesota.
DeMarco’s primary focus, of course, is on developing the four players already under contract. Patrick McCaw rebounded from an off night Monday with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting. After coaches challenged him to be more aggressive, rookie Jordan Bell (five points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks) delivered his most well-rounded performance yet.
Less encouraging was Damian Jones, who piled up seven fouls (three shy of the Summer League limit), committed four turnovers and shot 2-for-6 from the field. Kevon Looney, who wasn’t much of a factor the first two games, sat out Tuesday because of an allergic reaction in his eyes.
Had the Warriors not picked up his third-year option in October, Looney would have a tough time getting the front office to justify re-signing him this summer. Some have speculated that Golden State would be best off waiving Looney before training camp to free a roster spot for a more promising young player.
Like Alford, he might need to take the long route to a lasting NBA role.
“This isn’t an easy business to get into as a player,” Alford said. “You’ve just got to stay hungry and be ready when your name is called. That’s just what I’ve been trying to do.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoops Documentary spotlight: Rebounds

from Gato Trotsky on You Tube.  

I absolutely love basketball documentaries!!! Hoop Dreams, Shoni Schimmel's "Off The Rez," Sebatian Telfair's "Through The Fire," "Heart of the Game," and LeBron James' "More Than A Game" are a few of my favorites. 

While scourin You Tube for more hoop docs, I found "Rebounds." I absolutely loved it!!! And so I wanted  to call hoopaholics' attentions to this gem. 

This documentary follows Americans Tim Jones and Derrick Miller during their season in Chile playing in Puente Alto CD. It gives us a glimpse of how one would follow their dreams of playing pro hoops when they are not quite the baller Lonzo Ball is. 

Here is the doc description on You Tube:
Published on Jul 6, 2011
"Thousands of American basketball players that don't make it into the NBA, go around the world looking for a chance to play. Some of them go to Europe, Asia or any place in the world where basketball is played. This documentary follows Tim Jones and Derrick Miller during their season in Chile playing in Puente Alto CD. Crossing the tension of the game with their experiences off the court this film gives an insight of the life of basketball players overseas."

Enjoy!!! 

And if you do enjoyed this, do check the other docs I mentioned (if you haven't already). I'm sure you'll love them, too. Their trailers below. 

Hoop Dreams (Arthur Agee, William Gates)


Off The Rez (Shoni Schimmel)



Through The Fire (Sebastian Telfair)

Heart of The Game (Darnellia Russell)


More Than A Game (LeBron James) 

For more hoop doc suggestions, check out this list:
The 35 Best Basketball Documentaries Ever (Watch For Free)

Finally, leave your hoop doc favorites and suggestions in the Comments section. I'm always up for another great hoops documentary!!! Thanks!!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome to Westwood, 2017-18 Freshmen (video)!!!

@UCLAMBB

2017-18 Freshmen hit campus

@UCLAMBB
Chris Smith, Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, Jaylen Hands, Kris Wilkes and LiAngelo Ball

2017 NBA Summer League: Bryce to ball with the Dubs; Iham with the TJ and Ike and the Pacers.

@UCLAMBB


Congratulations and Good luck, men!!!

Thanks to LeftyBruin for posting the Iham news on BZ!!!

UCLA’s Bryce Alford to join Warriors’ summer league team


post-nba draft 2017 | jake montero | knbr.com | post LINK
A UCLA standout will be joining the Warriors in Las Vegas this summer.
First-team All-Pac-12 combo-guard Bryce Alford announced on Twitter Friday morning that he will be playing on Golden State’s summer league team starting in July.
Alford, son of UCLA head coach Steve Alford, was a four-year standout at for the Bruins, also making the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2014. After a disappointing junior year, Alford’s efficiency spiked last year as a senior when paired with Lonzo Ball in the backcourt. He shot a career-best 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3, while averaging 15.5 points per game.
Though Alford’s odds to make the Warriors roster are remote, if he can show he is a reliable 3-point shooter in summer league he should at least be able to secure a spot with Golden State’s G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, or receive an offer from another NBA team that is impressed with his performances.
The Warriors open summer league play in Las Vegas on July 8th against first overall pick Markelle Fultz and the Sixers.

Some Bryce highlights from 2016-17 season:

37 pts vs Colorado


29 pts vs. Washington
Pre-draft workouts:
with The Lakers
with The Pacers
Thanks to Terrible_Ted for posting this on BZ. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 NBA Draft Pick 36 (Round 2):Jonah Bolden to Philadelphia

2017 NBA Draft Pick 47 (Round 2): Ike Anigbogu to Indiana

2017 NBA Draft Pick 18: T.J. Leaf to Indiana

Lakers Nation: Lonzo Ball's Lakers Introductory Press Conference (IN FULL)

LA Lakers choose Lonzo Ball 2nd Pick of the 2017 NBA Draft

Lakers take ex-UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in draft




june 22, 2017 | tanya ganguli | THE L.A. TIMES | ARTICLE LINK
After Lonzo Ball’s dream came true, he finally admitted that he’d felt this coming.
“Ever since my season at UCLA, I kind of felt confident,” the former Bruins point guard said in a quiet moment between the constant stream of interviews and photo ops that come with being the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. “… I just trusted my game. I knew I was going to be a top pick. When I saw they had second it put a smile on my face.
“I’m glad everything worked out.”
After all the predictions, critiques and smokescreens, the Lakers made the obvious choice. They drafted the kid from Chino Hills, the best passer in the draft and a player that Magic Johnson once said reminded him of himself.
Ball, 19, is the first UCLA player to be drafted that high since 1979, when David Greenwood went second to the Chicago Bulls after the Lakers took Johnson with the No. 1 pick. He is the first UCLA player to be taken in the top four since Russell Westbrook in 2008.
“When he’s on the floor, all four guys out there with him become better instantly,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s a quality trait that not many people have. The great ones all have it. I hope by the way he plays, everyone else on our team becomes better.’’
Ball was one of three UCLA freshmen drafted. TJ Leaf went 18th to the Indiana Pacers and Ike Anigbogu, projected to go late in the first round, fell to the 47th pick, also to the Pacers.
In addition to Ball, the Lakers selected Utah forward Kyle Kuzma with the 27th pick, which they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets this week in a trade that sent D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets.
That trade paved the way for Ball to join the team without complication. Russell, a point guard who was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, was a starter in 60 games for the Lakers last season.
The Lakers then traded the 28th pick, a pick they’d received from the Houston Rockets in a trade for Lou Williams, to the Utah Jazz. In return, the Lakers got the 30th and 42nd picks and took Villanova guard Josh Hart and Indiana center Thomas Bryant, both of whom worked out for the Lakers during the pre-draft process.
The night, though, belonged to their top pick.
After the Philadelphia 76ers made Washington point guard Markelle Fultz the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Lakers were on the clock. As their allotted five minutes wound down, Ball removed the dress shoes he’d worn into the building and changed into a pair of purple and gold sneakers made by his family’s brand.
Then he waited.
Two and a half minutes later, his agent handed him a phone. Within seconds everyone seated at his table — his brothers, his father, his trainer and a family friend — broke into grins. They took in the moment as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Lonzo’s name and the crowd inside the Barclays Center erupted.
Then the interview gauntlet began. Ball started with his podium interview, where he showed deference and reverence to Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations. 
“He's one of the best to ever do it, and I can't — there's never going to be another Magic Johnson,” Ball said. “So I'm trying to be myself, but if I can come halfway short of him, you know it's going to be good.”
Next, in a crowded media room across the arena, he conducted interviews for “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” local television stations, national radio shows, websites and video conferences shared in Australia, Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Chile, France, India, Mexico, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.
Not long after, Ball was doing a television interview in a hallway at Barclays Center when Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox, taken fifth by the Sacramento Kings, pranced by and giddily called out to Ball.
“Yeah, Zo!” Fox said. “Yeah, Zo!”
Fox would later pass Ball again, playfully slapping the bill on his Lakers cap and declaring that his cap was the best because it wasn’t a cap, but a visor. 
Ball sat for the NBA’s social media channels, then was presented with a watch. Then he reached the Lakers at their practice facility in El Segundo. Johnson, Walton, Jeanie Buss and Joey Buss all congratulated him. General manager Rob Pelinka told him, “We like to make dreams come true.”
Ball grew up watching the Lakers win championships with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. His outspoken father, LaVar, had insisted for months that his son would play for the Lakers. As the draft was about to begin, LaVar declared their table a place for positivity and for believing that the Lakers would take his oldest son.
The Ball family remained at their table until just before the Lakers made their later selections. Then they got up and walked out past a rowdy crowd of draft spectators, who started to boo loudly at LaVar. He grinned and pumped his fists at them. He threw his purple and gold Big Baller Brand cap into the crowd before leaving to meet Lonzo.
Soon they would be celebrating into the night.
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be crazy,” Lonzo said.

Four Bruins Selected in 2017 NBA Draft

june 22, 2017 | UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE | POST LINK
Chosen by the Lakers, Ball became UCLA's highest NBA Draft selection since 1979.
Four former UCLA basketball players – Lonzo BallTJ LeafIke Anigbogu and Jonah Bolden – were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night, hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
 
Ball and Leaf, freshmen at UCLA in 2016-17, were each selected in the first round. Ball was chosen No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, while Leaf was taken No. 18 by the Indiana Pacers. Ball became the highest selection by any UCLA player in the draft since 1979 (David Greenwood, No. 2 to the Chicago Bulls).
 
Bolden, who spent his first two collegiate seasons with UCLA before playing in Serbia last season, was taken No. 36 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round.
 
Anigbogu, a freshman who excelled off the bench in 2016-17, rounded out the group of four Bruins on Thursday as the No. 47 overall selection by the Indiana Pacers in the second round.
 
UCLA has now produced 118 all-time NBA Draft picks, including nine selections in four seasons under head coach Steve Alford, who will enter his fifth year as UCLA's head coach in 2017-18. The Bruins have had at least one player chosen in 18 of the last 21 NBA Drafts (spanning 1997 through 2017).
 
This season's draft marked the first time since 1982 in which UCLA had at least four former players selected in the NBA Draft. For the second time in the last four drafts, the Bruins produced at least two first-round selections (UCLA had three first-round draft selections in 2014).
 
Ball, a 6-foot-6 guard from Chino Hills, Calif., became UCLA's first player selected in the draft by the Lakers since 2006, when Jordan Farmar was taken as the organization's No. 26 overall pick in the first round.
 
A consensus first-team All-America selection during his freshman season, Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and a nation-leading 7.6 assists per game in 2016-17. He scored in double figures in 31 of 36 games, establishing UCLA's single-season assists record (274) and finishing the year ranking second on the Pac-12's single-season assists list.
 
One of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, Ball secured first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors. He was named the nation's Freshman of the Year by nearly every national publication.
 
Ball has become the sixth player from UCLA taken as a top-two selection in the NBA Draft. UCLA's previous No. 2 selections have included David Greenwood (1979, Chicago), David Meyers (1975, L.A. Lakers) and Sidney Wicks (1971, Portland). UCLA's Bill Walton (1974, Portland) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969, Milwaukee) were each drafted No. 1 overall.
 
A 6-foot-10 forward from El Cajon, Calif., Leaf averaged a team-leading 16.3 points per game as a freshman in 2016-17. He was one of three UCLA players, along with Ball and Bryce Alford, to secure first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
 
One of five finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, Leaf led UCLA with 11 double-doubles, finishing the season having averaged 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.
 
Leaf was one of three players in the Pac-12 to rank among the league's top 10 leaders in scoring and rebounding (along with Utah's Kyle Kuzma and Stanford's Reid Travis). Leaf finished second in the Pac-12 in overall field goal percentage (61.7%) and made nearly 47 percent of his three-point attempts (46.6%, 27 of 58). In all, he scored in double figures in 32 of 35 games.
 
Anigbogu averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game as a freshman in 2016-17. He played in 29 of the Bruins' 36 games and ranked second on the team in blocks per game (1.2 bpg, 35 blocks). A 6-foot-10 forward/center from Corona, Calif., Anigbogu shot 56.4 percent from the field (57 for 101).
 
Along with Ball and Leaf, Anigbogu entered UCLA in the summer of 2016 as part of an incoming class that was ranked No. 4 in the nation by Scout.com and No. 5 by ESPN.com. Anigbogu emerged as a strong rim protector and defensive presence after missing UCLA's first four games and totaled at least one block in 19 of 29 contests.
 
Bolden spent two seasons at UCLA (2014-15, 2016-17), playing in 31 games as a sophomore in 2015-16. Bolden averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game that season before choosing to play professionally in Europe last season.
 
While at UCLA, Bolden scored in double figures in five games and recorded at least 10 rebounds in three contests. He had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in a road win at Gonzaga on Dec. 12, 2015.
 
Looking ahead toward next season, UCLA's season ticket packages are now on sale, starting at less than $19 per game. To secure seats in Pauley Pavilion for the 2017-18 season, call (310) 206-5991 or visit uclabruins.com/tickets.
 

Former UCLA Players Contribute to Warriors' Title

2017 Golden State Warriors (photo by Getty Images)
june 13, 2017 | UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE | POST LINK
Barnes, Looney and Myers all helped Golden State in the team's 2017 championship quest. 

Former UCLA basketball players Matt Barnes and Kevon Looney were members of this season's Golden State Warriors team that won the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday evening.

In addition, UCLA alumnus Bob Myers has served as the Golden State Warriors' general manager since April 2012, helping the organization earn its second NBA Finals title in the last three years.

Including Barnes and Looney, former UCLA players have now helped their NBA team win the NBA Finals 31 times – this includes 26 different players representing the UCLA basketball program.

Barnes was a four-year player for the Bruins from 1998-99 through 2001-02, while Looney excelled at UCLA during the 2014-15 season before being selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Barnes averaged 8.8 points in 121 career games at UCLA. Looney registered 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in 36 games for UCLA in 2014-15.

Myers played for UCLA for four seasons (1993-94 through 1996-97) after graduating from Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., nearly 25 miles east of Oracle Arena, the Warriors' home venue. Myers started his UCLA career as a walk-on in 1993-94 and concluded his collegiate career having registered 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests.

This season's NBA Finals, between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, marked the 59th time in which former UCLA basketball players competed on a team that had advanced to the NBA Finals. In addition to Barnes and Looney with Golden State, former UCLA standout Kevin Love helped lead Cleveland to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season.

The most recent best-of-seven series marked the second straight year in which UCLA had former players competing on both NBA Finals teams.

Aside from Barnes, Looney and Love, other former UCLA players who have represented the University in the NBA Finals over the last 10 seasons have included Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City in 2012), Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Lakers in 2008, 2009 and 2010) and Trevor Ariza (Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 and 2009).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lonzo Ball's letter to his Dad on Father's Day 2017

 



 




Thanks to UCLAFight! for posting this on Bruin Zone.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mr. Indiana Basketball and UCLA bound Kris Wilkes Invited to USA Basketball U19 Camp



JuN 08, 2017 | UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE | POST LINK

Kris Wilkes Invited to USA Basketball U19 Camp

Wilkes is among 28 players invited to the U19 team training camp this month.


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Incoming UCLA freshman Kris Wilkes has been selected as one of 28 players to take part in the 2017 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp that will take place June 18-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wilkes, a 6-foot-8 guard from Indianapolis, was twice named the Marion County Player of the Year and played in this season's McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago. Wilkes led North Central High School to a 77-22 record in his four seasons and averaged 22.1 points and 7.0 rebounds during his senior season.

At the conclusion of his senior season at North Central, Wilkes was named 2017 Mr. Basketball for the state of Indiana. He capped his high school career with 1,831 points, ranking behind Eric Gordon's 2,178 points for second-most in program history. Wilkes shot 58 percent from the field and improved each season from three-point territory, making 39.3 percent of his long-range attempts as a senior (39-for-99).

Athletes eligible for this summer's U19 team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.

The United States will look for a third consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt, after having capture the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2013 and 2015. UCLA's Thomas Welsh competed on the 2015 U19 gold medal-winning team.

Wilkes is one of six athletes invited to this summer's U19 training camp after having competed at the 2016 USA U18 National Team Training Camp (along with Marques Bolden, Caundee Brown, Brandon McCoy, Shamorie Ponds and Mitchell Robinson).

All 16 teams at the FIBA World Championships will be seeded according to group play results and will advance to the July 5 round of 16. Winners advance to the July 7 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 8, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 9.



Seven USA Basketball gold medalists, including four members of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that qualified USA Basketball for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men, headline 28 of the nation’s top 19-and-unders who have accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp June 18-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
"We’re excited about the players who have accepted our invitation to attend the USA Men’s U19 training camp,” said Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, chair of the selection committee. “We have an outstanding group of players, some of whom have prior USA Basketball experience, some with outstanding collegiate experience and some of the best high school players in America. It will be very competitive in tryouts to make the 12-person U19 team.”
As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt (link).
Accepting invitations to attend the USA U19 World Cup Team training camp were:  Desmond Bane(TCU/Richmond, Ind.); Bol Bol (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Marques Bolden (Duke/DeSoto, Texas); Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.); Devon Daniels (NC State/Battle Creek, Mich.); Hamidou Diallo (University of Kentucky/Queens, NY); Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas); Malachi Flynn (Washington State/Tacoma, Wash.); Kevin Huerter (Maryland/Clifton Park, N.Y.); Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.); De’Anthony Melton (Southern California/North Hollywood, Calif.); Charlie Moore (Kansas/Chicago, Ill.); Chuma Okeke (Westlake H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech/Snellville, Ga.); Shamorie Ponds(St. John’s/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.); Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Mitchell Robinson(Chalmette H.S./New Orleans, La.); Quinton Rose (Temple/Rochester, N.Y.); Jeremiah Tilmon II (La Lumiere H.S., Ind./East Saint Louis, Ill.); PJ Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.); Austin Wiley(Auburn/Hoover, Ala.); Kris Wilkes (North Central H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); and Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.).




































University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will lead the USA U19 World Cup Team with the assistance of Tad Boyle from the University of Colorado and Danny Manning from Wake Forest University. Additionally, Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University, King Rice of Monmouth University and Jeremy Shulman from Eastern Florida State College will serve as court coaches during the training camp.

The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp is set to get underway at 5 p.m. (all times local, MDT) on June 18. Following two practice sessions on June 19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., and a morning session on June 20, finalists for the USA U19 team are expected to be announced.  The selected finalists will remain in Colorado Springs and will train twice a day through June 25. The 12-member team is expected to be announced June 22.
Including seven gold medalists from this past summer, a total of 16 athletes on the list of invitees boast USA Basketball experience.
Returning from the 2016 USA U18 National Team are Diallo, Huerter, Washington and Young, while Knox, Quickly and Wiley return from the gold medal-winning 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team. Knox also helped the 2015 USA U16 National Team to a gold medal, and was a member of the 2017 USA Junior National Select Team that claimed victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
Washington was also a member of the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team, which finished in eighth place in Debrecen, Hungary.
Six athletes – Bolden, Brown, McCoy, Ponds, Robinson and Wilkes – are back from the 2016 USA U18 National Team Training Camp, and Langford and Reddish participated in the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Training Camp.
Pritchard returns to the mix for the first time since helping the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team to a win in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, where he teamed up with Bolden, while he also was a member of the 2015 U18 3x3 World Championship Team and participated in the 2013 U16 National Team Training Camp.
Athletes with experience from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamps are Bolden, who took part in the 2015 USA Junior National Team October minicamp; Knox, who was part of the 2015 and 2016 minicamps; Reddish, who also participated in the 2015 U16 National Team’s June training camp and the 2014 and 2015 October minicamps; Washington from the 2014 minicamp; Wiley, who has participated in the past three minicamps; and Young from the 2016 October minicamp.
Thirteen athletes recently completed their freshman season in college with six earning conference honors, including Okogie (ACC), Ponds (Big East) and Rose (American), who were named to their respective all-freshman teams. In addition, Flynn and Moore were named Pacific-12 Conference All-Freshmen team honorable mentions, while Melton garnered Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention honors.
Of the 14 high school athletes, nine are rising college freshmen and five, Bol, King, Langford, Reddish and Quickly are rising high school seniors. Ten earned high school All-America honors for their play this past season.
Brown (Florida) claimed Gatorade State Player of the Year honors, while the list of McDonald’s All-Americans included Knox, McCoy, Robinson, Washington, Wilkes and Young.
Naismith All-Americans were: Knox (second team), Langford (third team), McCoy (honorable mention), Reddish (honorable mention), Robinson (honorable mention), Wilkes (honorable mention) and Young (second team). The MaxPreps All-American Teams lists featured Knox (second team), Langford (fourth team), Okeke (third team), Robinson (honorable mention), Washington (third team), Wilkes (honorable mention) and Young (first team).
In addition to Painter, who was an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team and a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee from 2013-16, members of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee include 2001 Goodwill Games gold medalist and 2006-08 USA National Team member Shane Battier as the athlete representative, and joining Painter as representatives of the NCAA are USA Basketball experienced coaches Tony Bennett from the University of Virginia, Providence College head coach Ed Cooley and University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
2017 FIBA U19 World CupFIBA conducted the draw on Feb. 11 in Cairo, Egypt, and announced the four preliminary round groupings. The United States was drawn into Group D for preliminary round games and will open against Iran on July 1, face Angola on July 2 and will cap preliminary round action versus Italy on July 4.
The United States earned its berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup by virtue of claiming gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, while Iran earned FIBA Asia U18 gold, Angola won FIBA Africa U18 gold and Italy collected FIBA Europe U18 bronze.
Following the preliminary round, all 16 teams will be seeded according to group play results, and will advance to the July 5 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 7 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 8, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 9.
Now titled the FIBA U19 World Cup and played every two years, the event originally was known as the FIBA Junior World Championship from 1979 through 2003 and as the FIBA U19 World Championship from 2005-2009, and it was played every four years from 1979 through 2007.
In the 12 previous U19 competitions held, the USA men’s teams have won six gold and three silver medals, including gold in three of the past four U19 championships (2009, 2013 and 2015). In 2015, led by Jalen Brunson, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson, the USA men finished 7-0 to capture gold. USA U19 teams own an all-time win-loss record of 85-13 in the competition.
Past USA U19 standouts include: Jalen Brunson (2015 MVP), Vince Carter (1995), Stephen Curry (2007), Terrance Ferguson (2015), Aaron Gordon (2013 MVP), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011), Montrezl Harrell (2013), Gordon Hayward (2009), Doug McDermott (2011), Jahlil Okafor (2013), Gary Payton (1987), Sam Perkins (1979), J.J. Redick (2003), Marcus Smart (2013), Klay Thompson (2009), Scott Skiles (1983), Deron Williams (2003), Justise Winslow (2013) and James Worthy (1979).
USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

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