Team USA U19 Player Pool Announced
In 2011, the 12 players who represented Team USA in the 2011 U19 World Championships were nowhere close to the 12 best 19 and under players not in the NBA. The team led by Jeremy Lamb and Doug McDermott finished 5th place in the tournament. The executives for Team USA was more eager to win gold this year so we invited a lot more talent. Marcus Smart who would have been a Top 3 pick in this upcoming draft was the biggest headline of all names.
Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova
Bryce Alford UCLA
Brandon Ashley Arizona
Robert Carter Georgia Tech
Damyean Dotson Oregon
Kris Dunn Providence
Javan Felix Texas
Michael Frazier Florida
Marcus Georges-Hunt Georgia Tech
Shaq Goodwin Memphis
Aaron Gordon Arizona
Jerami Grant Syracuse
Montrezl Harrell Louisville
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona
Jahlill Okafor HS Senior
Rodney Purvis Connecticut
James Robinson Pitt
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke
Devin Thomas Wake Forest
Mike Tobey Virginia
Nigel Williams-Goss Washington
Justise Winslow HS Senior
Out of all 24 of the invited players, only half of them can make the team. So no matter who makes the roster, there will be quite some good talent left off the team. The only player who should for sure be lock to make it is Marcus Smart. I am really excited to see how this team does who probably will be playing against Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric, Dante Exum, Mario Hezonja, Illmaine Diop and several other talented international prospects.
This would be my team out of that player pool:
Like I said there is so much talent that there will be some pretty darn good players who won't make the team
C Jahlil Okafor/Brandon Ashley
F Jarnell Stokes/Shaq Goodwin
F Aaron Gordon/Jerami Grant/Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
G Rasheed Sulaimon/Justise Winslow/Daymean Dotson
G Marcus Smart/ Nigel Williams-Goss
On the Bubble:
Rodney Purvis (By far the best player I left off)
James Robinson/Kris Dunn (Only if they need another PG)
That team would need shooting in a major way, which is why I included Michael Frazier who could very well be the best shooter on the team. You're also filling your roster according to NBA positions, not FIBA positions. FIBA 4's are more like taller NBA 3's. It is a skill position, with players expected be able to play in space and get out to FIBA 4's who can shoot from distance. That's why I left off a guy like Aaron Gordon. He really lacks ball skill and perimeter instincts. Position-wise he would be closer to a FIBA 5, but would be severely undersized there.
Again, like I said last week the number of players who declined should be staggering, I suppose at least 30 kids. Who is to blame? Calipari doesnt let his players go, Randle, Young, the twins, Dakari declined, but most of the college coaches prefer their players staying on campus. Even Coach K with Jabari. So this years edition is better than the 11 edition but the big diiference is now they have a coach, but this roster has no cushion at all.
@Siggy If their looking for a shooter, Daymean Dotson is the answer for who could hit threes in the clutch to save them. With Billy Donovan coaching the team that gives Frazier a better chance of making it. Then if they were to put Frazier on there and Aaron Gordon would be a full time PF for the roster, then I'd leave Shaq Goodwin off the team before Gordon.
Dotson's not a shooter. He's a slasher, defender and transition player.
And the fall of Aaron Gordon begins
But dear lord at what some of the Canadian teams will look like
How are the players who get invited selected? Because I know the center from UVA was invited and he's not anything to invite anywhere.
Well Tony Bennett is on the team's staff so I'm pretty sure he suggested him.
I don't know about the selection process though.
I laughed when I read Tobey was invited. He's really advanced offensively for a guy 6-11 240, good moves in the post and a decent mid range game, but he's really uncoordinated and unathletic that it really limits him defensively and on the boards. Unless they're desperate for a skilled big, he won't make it.