Langford Picked To USA Development Team

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Twenty-three of the nation’s top 16-and-under male basketball players, 21 of whom participated in the October 2012 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp, today were announced as members of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team. The USA squad will be fluid and athletes may be added to the roster over the next two years. The 2013 USA U16 National Team and 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members. The athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee.

Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Developmental National Team were: Edrice Adebayo (Northside H.S. / Gatesville, N.C.); Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School /Edison, N.J.); Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney H.S. / Rochester, N.Y.); Amir Coffey (Hopkins H.S. / New Hope, Minn.); Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College H.S. (DC) / Kensington, Md.); Eric Davis (Arthur Hill H.S. / Saginaw, Mich.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S. / Rice Lake, Wis.); Daniel Giddens (Wheeler H.S. / Mableton, Ga.); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Mustapha Heron (Wilbraham & Monson Academy / West Haven, Conn.); Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep / Southfield, Mich.); V.J. King (St. Vincent – St. Mary H.S. / Akron, Ohio); Joshua Langford (Madison Academy / Huntsville, Ala.); T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian H.S. / Lakeside, Calif.); Malik Monk (East Poinsett County H.S. / Lepanto, Ark.); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S. / Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S. / Oakland, Calif.); Horace Spencer (William Tennent H.S. / Warminster, Pa.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S. / Milwaukee, Wis.); Jayson Tatam (Chaminade College Prep / St. Louis, Mo.); Derryck Thornton (Sierra Canyon H.S. / Simi Valley, Calif.); D.J. Williams (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.) and Seventh Woods (Hammond School / Columbia, S.C.).

“I think that just with the initial look at them, they seem to be a very talented group,” said USA head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa). “I think our bigs are especially talented. We have a good group of wings who are long and can play good defense, so that’s a real positive thing. Our point guards, I don’t see a Tyus Jones or a Joel Berry yet, but I think they’re going to be very, very good for our team. There will be a few players who will come out of the woodwork and surprise us. Overall, I think we have a very talented group of kids on this team.

“As training camp gets closer, it’s really exciting because I’m going to go watch some of the kids play in their spring AAU tournaments. That’s always nice to see how they play with their teammates there. I’ll do some evaluation, not only of their skill levels, but their attitudes and what kind of teammates they are, how they will fit into our team. It’s very, very exciting from that standpoint.”

Members of the 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team will train May 30 – June 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the final 12-player USA U16 National Team selection will be made prior to the team departing for Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Held June 11-15, the tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, with the top four finishing nations from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship advancing to the 2014 U17 Worlds.

Qualified to compete in the 2013 U16 Championship are Uruguay, as the host country; Canada and the United States as the North American entries; while Puerto Rico (gold medalist), Mexico (silver medalist) and Bahamas (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2012 Centrobasket U15 Championship; and Argentina (gold medalist) and Chile (bronze medalist) qualified through the 2012 South American U15 Championship. Uruguay captured the silver medal, which gave Chile, which defeated Brazil for the bronze, the final U16 berth.

The 2013-14 USA squad features 11 athletes who will graduate high school in 2015 and 12 who will graduate in 2016. They hail from 18 states, with California boasting the most with three; North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin have two representatives; and Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina are represented by one athlete each.  All but Heron and Leaf participated in the October mini-camp.

Assisting Showalter and the 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team are Eric Flannery (St. Edward High School, Ohio) and L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC, Kan.).

USA Basketball’s two prior U16 National Teams enjoyed great success. Traveling to Mendoza, Argentina, for the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009, the U.S. squad, which featured Bradley Beal, Quinn Cook and James McAdoo, was flat out impressive. Scoring an average of 113.0 points a game, the USA team won its five games by an average of 33.8 points a game to claim the competition’s first gold medal. The 2011 U.S. squad, with the likes of Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker on its roster, was not much different, decimating opponents by an average margin of 42.2 points per contest en route to a perfect 5-0 mark and the gold medal.

The 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team member selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. Chaired in a non-voting position by Sean Ford, the USA Basketball men’s national team director, the committee also includes National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) appointees John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.) and Herman Harried (Lake Clifton Campus H.S., Md.); Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) representatives Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams AAU, Va.); at-large member Dave Telep (ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups, a 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist and a member of three USA Basketball teams, and Gerry McNamara, who played on the 2005 USA World University Games Team.

Courtesy USA Basketball Media Relations