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Kris Wilkes Invited to USA Basketball U19 Camp
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.