Fret not, hoops fans.
As the NBA season prepares to come to a close next month, Team USA is here to keep basketball in our everyday lives, continuing to announce their men’s and women’s rosters for both Olympic and FIBA play this summer.
After 10 training sessions in Fort Worth, TX, the roster has been announced, featuring a litany of the game’s youngest stars.
Chief among these players stands ESPN’s 2021 No.1 overall prospect, Chet Holmgren, and the nation’s top point guard, Kennedy Chandler.
The 2021 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team roster is set 🇺🇸
The 12-member squad will go for gold at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup from July 3-11 in Latvia.
— USABJNT (@usabjnt) June 25, 2021
Holmgren and Chandler are two of the six players featured on ESPN’s annual rankings of the top 100 high school recruits, and are joined by Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ranked fourth), Peyton Watson (ranked 10th), Harrison Ingram (ranked 20th) and Caleb Furst (ranked 71st).
The remaining six spots are filled by those who just completed their freshman season in college: Jonathan Davis (Wisconsin), Jaden Ivey (Purdue), Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton), Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech), Adam Miller (LSU) and Mike Miles (TCU).
The USA has won four of the last six U19 golds since 2009, amassing a 99-14 overall record since the event was launched in 1979.
The star-studded roster is led by TCU head coach, Jamie Dixon, with two Division 1 head coaches serving as assistants (Stanford’s Jerod Haase and Yale’s James Jones).
The team will continue to train at TCU’s campus in Forth Worth through June 28 before heading to Latvia, where the FIBA U19 World Cup will be played from July 3-11.
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