Yesterday, a list of participants for the tryouts for John Calipari’s U19 National Team appeared on USA Basketball’s website, but was quickly taken down, with a spokesman for USA Basketball citing technical issues for the error. The list did not include any Kentucky signees, and while we’re hearing one or two future Cats should be on the correct list that will be released later this week, that’s far fewer than we initially anticipated a few months back when Calipari was named head coach of the squad, which will participate in the FIBA World Cup in Egypt next month. Why the change? The fathers of former Team USA participants Kevin Knox and PJ Washington told Kyle Tucker that they are very concerned about the security issues in Egypt, which is in a state of emergency following a wave of terrorist attacks.
“It’s up in the air, just with the whole security concern,” Paul Washington said. “Do you have any kids? Would you allow them to go to Egypt right now?”
“We don’t know yet,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “We’re still basically trying to work out all the logistics of what’s going on overseas, waiting to hear back from Cal and USA Basketball as far as some of the security measures they’re going to take to protect the kids.”
Both dads told Tucker that they’ll meet with Calipari to discuss the situation today and tomorrow when they arrive in Lexington to drop their kids off for the summer session. So, stay tuned…