16 Finalists named for Team USA's U19 Team
Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Rodney Purvis and Shaq Goodwin were the biggest names among players who missed the cut. The biggest surprise for me was that Mike Tobey made it over Brandon Ashley. With this level of basketball you'll never know after the Harrisons were somehow cut from last year U18 team. Four more players will be cut. They will then fly to D.C. Before they fly to the Czech Republic for the tournament.
They don't play the same position.
That team's got no size. You know European teams will all have 3 7-footers.
They don't really that many. There aren't many 7 ft post up centers in the world that age. Team USA as usual is gonna be a pressing/trapping team. They need multiple players who can defend in space, scramble, force TOs and get out in the open court. They'll likely play with only one big at a time.
Besides, the bigs that they do have are strong. Good luck trying to back them down.
Supposedly Ashley was just floating around playing passively.
Purvis is starting to look overrated.
He made the U18 team last yr but coach Donovan wasn't exactly heaping praise on him. He said that he needs to focus on doing the other things other than scoring.
Good thing they're not allowing reputation determine who makes the cuts.
I heard only one Harrison got cut last yr (Aaron) and that Andrew wasn't gonna play if his brother didn't make the team.
Just a rumor though.
I can see how Donovan wouldn't like how either of them play since they can both be ball-dominant and only look to pass to each other.
Mike Tobey is a different kind of player than Brandon Ashley and is more of a tradtional post. The only other center they have is Okafor. So I can see them wanting Tobey. He is active, really solid with his footwork and can finish well around the basket. His playing time was limited last year at UVa but when he got minutes he performed. He should be a breakthrough candidate this season in the ACC.
I'm sure it doesn't hurt that his coach is an assistant for the team, but i'm sure Tobey earned his spot.
If the reason why the Harrisons were cut from last year's U18 team, was because that Andrew said he won't play if Aaron got cut (which he did), that would be very understandable. Because that really made no sense how Nate Britt who wasn't even ranked in last year's ESPN100 made it over Andrew Harrison.
You were surprised Shaq Goodwin didn't make it but not Robert Carter? Carter>>>Goodwin
I was pretty surprised Tobey made the initial cut also. He has pretty mediocre strength, quickness, and athleticism, but I guess they needed a skilled big man. Like a guy before said, he's decent a finishing even if it's usually below the rim, and he has a really good post and mid-range game for a young big.
They need a big who can make open jump shots. Does that describe him?
He's capable, but I wouldn't describe it as the centerpiece of his game. Pretty inconsistent. I remember a few occasions where he'd make one and then air-ball the next. Still pretty good for a 6-11 freshman though, probably the best shooter out of all of the centers there.
Trying to compile what I think should be the 12 man roster given the finalists but having trouble with the last slot.
So far I got:
Marcus Smart/ NWG
Rasheed Sulaimon/Michael Frazier
Damyean Dotson/ Justise Winslow
Jerami Grant/ Aaron Gordon
Jarnell Stokes/ Montrezl Harrell/ Jahlil Okafor
That's 11 right there with these guys left: Ryan Arcidiacono, Marcus Georges-Hunt, James Robinson, Elfrid Payton, Mike Tobey.
-Archie can shoot, but he's not that athletic and his decision making can be poor.
-I don't know much about Georges-Hunt outside of him being a physically imposing wing with a decent stroke.
-James Robinson is heady and has experience with Team USA. That probably gives him a leg up on the competition since he has played with some of these guys before, but physically he's just so underwhelming and doesn't shoot it well enough.
-I knew next to nothing about Efrid Payton, but after looking him up I think his skills fit what Team USA does better. He's kinda like a Patrick Beverley type guard. Long, springy, athletic, quick with the tools to be a pest on defense. He can't shoot and is physically weak though.
-Tobey's discussed above in previous posts.
By the looks of it, they could use another ball-handler especially if they shift Smart around. I guess I'd give Robinson the edge due to experience and maturity, but Payton could be the disruptive, change of pace guard that they need. Payton was probably the least heralded player coming into camp, but he has the most experience in college ball as a soon-to-be junior.
Woah. So Mike Tobey made the team. As did Elfrid Payton. Two of the lesser known guys, but they add dimensions that the team needs: a big man who can shoot and a pressure PG with long arms and speed.
Damyean Dotson was the surprise cut for me. He's got nice size for the wing, is very good in transition, plays defense and does a little bit of everything.
They basically have 4 bigs now, so maybe they'll run more traditional lineups.