The USA U18 just dominated the competition in Canada and the USA U17 will look to do the same in Argentina later this month.
The Americans made their first cut on Monday and a slew of UK targets made the cut. But many fans will notice that UK’s top target in 2019, James Wiseman, was absent from the 18-man list. Wiseman is injured and didn’t practice all weekend. It’s a non-serious groin injury that won’t require Wiseman to miss too much time, but enough to keep him out over the weekend. In typical Wiseman fashion he still had to wow folks in attendance, even if he never picked up a basketball.
Wiseman measured in at over 7-feet, a 7-foot-6 wingspan and just over a 9-foot-3 standing reach. At his young age it may be safe to assume he’s not finished growing and he will certainly continue to put on weight and muscle.
But other UK targets that were healthy did enough to make the initial cut. Here’s a look (bold means UK has offered):
Vernon Carey (2019)
Scottie Barnes (2020)
Jeremy Roach (2020)
R.J. Hampton (2020)
Jalen Johnson (2020)
Zion Harmon (2021)
USA will make a final cut from 18 to 12 in the coming days before the team sets off for FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina June 26th-July 8th. The Americans are an impressive 30-0 in the event. The thing I like about the U17 team is no college coaches are on the staff. It’s coached by high school coaches and the head coach is Don Showalter (USA youth division coach).
UK is expected to have staff present in Argentina for the event.