Top 18-and-Under Players Invited to USA Basketball Camp

Local players Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian), Mikeal Hopkins (DeMatha) among those selected for national 18-and-under camp:

Nation’s Top Young Players To Attend 2010 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp

mu18_ereleaseOne of 21 players who accepted an invite to the 2010 USA Basketball Men’s U18 Team training camp, guard Abdul Gaddy (left) was a member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team that fell to the World Team 97-89 in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit. (Sam Forencich / USA Basketball).

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 18, 2010) —   Twenty-one of the nation’s top 18-and-unders have accepted invitations from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2010 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, USA Basketball today announced. The training camp, which will be held June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The USA U18 National Team will remain in San Antonio June 17-25 to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held    June 26-30 in St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.

Accepting invitations to attend the 2010 USA Basketball U18 National Team training camp were: Tracy Abrams (Mount Carmel H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Keith Appling (Pershing H.S. / Detroit, Mich.); Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.); Michael Chandler (Lawrence North H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.); Abdul Gaddy (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.); Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.); P.J. Hairston (Dudley Senior H.S. / Greensboro, N.C.); Tobias Harris (Half Hollow Hills West H.S. / Brookville, N.Y.); Mikael Hopkins (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Hyattsville, Md.); Joe Jackson (White Station H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); Terrence Jones (Jefferson H.S. / Portland, Ore.); Meyers Leonard (Robinson H.S. / Robinson, Ill.); Sheldon McClellan (Bellaire H.S. / Pearland, Texas); Quincy Miller (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.); Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.); Joshua Smith (Kentwood H.S. / Kent, Wash.); T.J. Taylor (Denison H.S. / Denison, Texas); Amir Williams (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.); and Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.).

The FIBA Americas Men’s U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. On March 5 the draw was held to determine the first round groups, and the USA was placed into Group A, along with Argentina, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Group B includes Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The U.S. will open preliminary play against the Virgin Islands on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. (all times listed are local, CDT). On June 27 the USA will face Mexico at 7:00 p.m. and will close preliminary play against South American rivals Argentina on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. The semifinals are slated for June 29, and the finals will be held June 30.

Tickets are on sale for the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.  June 26-30 all-session, single day, general admission passes are just $5 each.  For tickets or information about corporate ticket packages, call 210-820-2100, or go online to



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