UK assistant Joel Justus will head to Argentina tomorrow to recruit members of the USA U17 team as the Americans look to improve on its 30-0 record in the FIBA World Cup.
Vernon Carey Jr. is UK’s biggest target playing in the event, but several other targets made the final cut. The final roster is below:
Here’s the complete 12 man roster (UK targets in bold)
Vernon Carey (2019, offered)
De’Vion Harmon (2019)
Wendell Moore Jr. (2019)
Isaac Okoro (2019)
Isaiah Stewart (2019)
Romeo Weems (2019)
Scottie Barnes (2020, offered)
Jeremy Roach (2020)
R.J. Hampton (2020)
Jalen Green (2020)
Evan Mobley (2020)
Jalen Suggs (2020)
Justus traveled to Spain two years ago and Argentina last year. Justus helped reel in Immanuel Quickley from that Spain trip and last year his trip made a lasting impression for top UK target James Wiseman.
“It meant a lot, that he was dedicated, that he wanted me to come to his program,” Wiseman told SEC Country in February. “For me to see him in the stands in Argentina, it was crazy — but it was great.”
Wiseman would be on this year’s USA team but a groin injury in the NBA Top 100 Camp kept Wiseman from trying out over the last 10 days. The injury isn’t thought to be serious.
Justus helped recruit in Canada two weeks ago along with fellow UK assistant Tony Barbee and head coach John Calipari. On that trip the UK coaches were watching commit Tyrese Maxey and targets Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt.
USA starts action against China on Saturday. While Justus is watching games he will certainly have plenty of down time, and he made a good point on Twitter about his trip being more entertaining.
?to Argentina tomorrow – that goal just made my trip a whole lot more exciting
— Joel Justus (@UKCoachJustus) June 26, 2018