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Stevenson's Jalen Brunson drives to the hoop against Young. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Two of Illinois' top point guards will be in attendance when the 2014 USA men’s U18 National Team training camp begins Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. St. Joseph's Glynn Watson and Stevenson's Jalen Brunson are hoping to make solid enough impressions to earn spots on the final 12-man national roster.
The training camp will run at the USOTC through June 19, after which the final roster will be announced. The team will then represent the U.S. in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC from June 20-24.
A total of 24 of the country’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, will arrive on Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in hopes of making the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster. Headlining the group of invitees set to participate in training camp is a trio of high school seniors who each have two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball: Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas). In addition, eight others have at least attended a USA Basketball camp.
The six athletes added to the training camp roster are:Antonio Blakeney (Oak Ridge H.S./Orlando, Fla.); Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas); Chase Jeter(Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Tyler Lydon(New Hampton School/Elizaville, N.Y.); Allonzo Trier(Montrose Christian/Seattle, Wash.); and Thomas Welsh(Loyola H.S./Redondo Beach, Calif.). Players unable to participate include P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley H.S./Columbia, S.C.); D’Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy (Fla.)/Louisville, Ky.) and Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep (Nev.)/Golden Valley, Minn.).
In addition to Johnson, Jones and Winslow, the 18 previously-announced training camp participants include:Leron Black (White Station H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Kameron Chatman (Columbia Christian School/Portland, Ore.); Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.); Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); JaKeenan Gant (Effingham County H.S./Springfield, Ga.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Dwayne Morgan (St. Francis Academy/Baltimore, Md.); Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic Academy/Hamilton, N.J.); Justin Simon(Temecula Valley H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); Glynn Watson (St. Joseph H.S./Westchester, Ill.); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).