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Duke Prospects Invited By USA Basketball

Vernon Carey, USABB

Several Duke Basketball recruiting prospects will once again be involved with USA Basketball.  USBWA released their list of invites for the upcoming World Cup today which includes Vernon Carey, R.J. Hampton, Wendell Moore Jr., Isaiah Todd, Isaiah Stewart and others.

Here is the release -

The training camp roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team features all 12 members of the gold-medal winning 2017 USA U16 national team, 10 players with experience from at least one prior USA Basketball training camp and two players new to USA Basketball.

Training camp to determine the 12-member roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team will be conducted June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).

Featuring 16 national teams, the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.

Returning from the team that qualified the USA for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup by virtue of its 5-0 finish at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship are: tournament MVP Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jalen Green(San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.); R.J. Hampton (Frisco Liberty /Little Elm, Texas); De'Vion Harmon (Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.); Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.); and James Wiseman (East H.S./Nashville, Tenn.).

Athletes returning with at least one prior USA Basketball training camp include: Joshua Christopher(Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.); Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./Willow Grove, Pa.); Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit Prep School/Atlanta, Ga.); Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie H.S./Sun Prairie, Wis.); Justin Lewis (Poly Tech H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Scottsdale, Ariz.); Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.); Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.); Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.); and Julian Strawther (Liberty H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).

Evan Mobley (Rancho Cucamonga H.S./Temecula, Calif.) and Jahmius Ramsey (IMG Academy, Fla./Mansfield, Texas) will be taking part in their first USA Basketball training camp.

“The committee is excited that these 24 athletes accepted invitations to the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp, and we feel that we will have a strong, competitive group from which to select the 12-member roster,” said Sean Ford, USA Basketball men’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. “We will have a great mix of athletes, and we look forward to starting the team selection process in June.”

The training camp and team will be led by USA U17 head coach Don Showalter (coach director, USA Basketball youth division) with assistant coaches Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman(Sanford School, Del.). The staff returns to lead the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team after guiding the USA to a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and a qualifying berth for the USA into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

The finalists, which are expected to be named on June 18, will continue training camp at the USOTC, and the 12-member roster will be named prior to the team’s departure for the competition on June 23.

2018 FIBA U17 World Cup

First held in 2010, the FIBA U17 World Cup features the world’s top athletes who are 17 years old or younger, and FIBA currently holds U17 World Cups every two years. Overall, the USA is a perfect 30-0 in four previous editions of the FIBA U17 World Cup.

The 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Sante Fe, Argentina.

The USA was placed into Group B for 2018, where in the preliminary round it will face China on June 30, Mali on July 1 and Serbia on July 3. Group A includes Australia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Turkey. Playing in Group C will be Canada, Egypt, Montenegro and New Zealand. Group D features Argentina, Croatia, France and Philippines.

Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the round of 16 on July 4. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 6, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 7, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 8.

In the inaugural FIBA U17 World Cup for Men in 2010, the USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record, and Bradley Beal was tabbed MVP. In 2012, Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again captured gold. In 2014, the U.S. claimed gold as Malik Newman earned tournament MVP honors and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team. In the most recent edition, MVP Collin Sexton came off the bench to lead the USA to gold and earn MVP honors, while Wendell Carter Jr. was named all-tournament.

Additional notable athletes who have played for the USA men’s U17 teams include: Quinn Cook (2010), Harry Giles (2014), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James McAdoo (2010), Jabari Parker (2012) and Gary Trent Jr. (2016).

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Duke Offers Josiah James

Josiah James picks up a Duke offer.

Duke has offered 5 star SF Josiah James, a versatile prospect from Charleston. S.C..  The class of 2019 prospect plays for Porter-Gaud School where he is one of the best, if not the best player in his state.  Jon Scheyer is the lead recruiter for James who plays on the Adidas circuit.

Duke Offers Prolific Scorer, R.J. Hampton

Photo - Rick Crank for Blue Devil Nation features R.J. Hampton

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has extended an offer to R.J. Hampton, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Texas.  Hampton leads the Under Armor with 24.5 ppg and he has the ability to play both guard spots with his passing skills.

Hampton has visited the Duke campus already during their annual Countdown to Craziness.  The Blue Devils seem sure to make his short list per sources and they have made him a priority target moving forward.

Follow R.J. on twitter - @RjHampton14

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Zion Williams Signs LOI with Duke

Zion Williamson (right) joins Tre Jones in next years class.


 Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced an addition to the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class on Friday as Zion Williamson signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Duke University and play for the Blue Devils next season.

The 6-foot-6 Williamson, rated as the nation’s No. 2 prospect by ESPN, joins a trio of highly-regarded Blue Devils that signed in November – R.J. BarrettTre Jones and Cam Reddish. With the Spartanburg, S.C., native Williamson, Duke has the ESPN No. 1 (Barrett), No. 2 (Williamson), No. 3 (Reddish) and No. 10 (Jones) ranked players in the 2018-19 class.

“It’s unbelievable that Zion will be joining our program,” said Krzyzewski. “He and his family are first class. We’re not only bringing Zion in, but his entire family. Zion is a unique player and certainly one of the most gifted athletes that has come into the ACC. He’s heck of a basketball player and a young man, and an outstanding leader.”

Williamson is the 63rd McDonald’s All-American inked by Coach K – the most by any coach. Krzyzewski has signed at least one McDonald’s All-American in 33 consecutive years.

Zion Williamson // 6-6 // 272 // Spartanburg, S.C. // Spartanburg Day School

·       Five-star recruit ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2018 by ESPN

·       Honored as a McDonald’s All-American

·       Represented Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit

·       Rated as the No. 5 overall prospect and the No. 3 small forward in the class by

·       Ranked No. 5 overall and the No. 1 power forward in the 2018 recruiting class by

·       Ranked No. 5 overall and the No. 1 power forward in the 2018 24/7 Sports composite list.

·       Led Spartanburg Day School to three consecutive South Carolina Class AA state championships

·       Averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists during his high school career

·       Racked up 37 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in the 2018 state championship game and 51 points in the 2017 edition

·       Named by USA Today to the 2017 and 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Boys Basketball First Team

·       Led the USA Red Team to the 2017 adidas Nations Championship

Future Blue Devils 1-2-3 in Final ESPN Rankings

Future Blue Devils ranked 1-2-3 and 17 by ESPN.

Three future Duke Blue Devils are ranked numbers 1-2, and 2 in the final ESPN Rankings of high school basketball players.  RJ Barrett finished as the top rated player in the country, followed by Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish.

It s the first time that a school has ever had the top three rated players coming in at the same time.  A fourth Blue Devil to be, Tre Jones, finished the season ranked 17th.  Next years class is considered the best in the land by all the recruiting services.

Click here for the final ESPN Top 100 Rankings

Duke loses all five of their starters from last seasons Elite 8 team.  The Blue Devils may be adding other players to their roster which returns Marques Bolden, Javin  DeLaurier, Alex O'Connell, Jack White, Antonio Vrankovic , Justin Robinson and Justin Goldwire.

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RJ Barrett Shows Off Last Night (Video Highlights)

RJ Barrett shows off last evening.

RJ Barrett showed off his skill set last evening while leading the World team to a victory over USA Basketball in the Nike Hoop Summit.

Barrett led all scorers with a game high 20 points.  He also lead all players in assists with 6 dimes while grabbing 9 rebounds.

You can bet that Duke fans are already licking their chops to get such a well-rounded player who has that rare killer competitive spirit.  As some say, when the lights come on, Barrett is always ready to go.

Cam Reddish also played in last evenings game.  His tallied 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.  Duke, point guard to be, Tyus Jones added a team high 5 assists to go with 4 points and 2 steals.  Neither player shot the ball well on this evening, going for a combined 4 of 17 from the field.