Melton Invited To USC U19 Men's Basketball Camp|
June 8, 2017
USC rising sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton was one of 28 athletes invited to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s Under-19 World Cup Team training camp at the United States Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs, Colo, from June 18-25, it was announced today (June 8). Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
“We’re excited about the players who have accepted our invitation to attend the USA Men’s U19 training camp,” said Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, chair of the selection committee. “We have an outstanding group of players, some of whom have prior USA Basketball experience, some with outstanding collegiate experience and some of the best high school players in America. It will be very competitive in tryouts to make the 12-person U19 team.”
Melton started 25 of USC’s 36 games and averaged 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman during the 2106-17 season to help lead the Trojans to a 26-10 record and into the NCAA Tournament. He led the team with 69 steals, was third in blocks (37), second in assists (125) and second in rebounds (170). His 69 steals led all Pac-12 players and tied for the most ever by a USC freshman. Melton was also named honorable mention on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
Melton will be joined by 16 players with previous USA basketball experience, including seven USA gold medalists and four members of USA’s 2016 U18 National Team that qualified USA Basketball for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men. As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt.
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will lead the USA U19 World Cup Team with the assistance of Tad Boyle from the University of Colorado and Danny Manning from Wake Forest University. Additionally, Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University, King Rice of Monmouth University and Jeremy Shulman from Eastern Florida State College will serve as court coaches during the training camp.
The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp is set to get underway at 5 p.m. (all times local, MDT) on June 18. Following two practice sessions on June 19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., and a morning session on June 20, finalists for the USA U19 team are expected to be announced. The selected finalists will remain in Colorado Springs and will train twice a day through June 25. The 12-member team is expected to be announced June 22.