University of Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell will try to earn one of 12 spots on the USA Basketball 19-and-under team.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There was the night Montrezl Harrell hung 20 points on Syracuse in the Big East Tournament championship game. Do not forget his 11-point, seven-rebound game against DePaul.
USA Basketball saw enough ability from Harrell that he has earned one of 24 tryout positions for the U.S. 19-and-under men's team. Harrell will begin preparations for his sophomore season at the University of Louisville by trying to earn one of a dozen spots on U.S. team. Billy Donovan of Florida will coach the squad with assistance from Shaka Smart of VCU and Tony Bennett of Virginia,
The names of the players who are not participating are just as interesting as the names of the guys who will be in Colorado Springs when the tryout camp begins June 14.
No first-year players or recruits from Kentucky or Indiana are on the tryout list. It's uncertain if they were not invited – or if they declined the opportunity. UK recruit Julius Randle or IU freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell certainly have the credentials for an invitation.
Arizona has the largest representation with three players – sophomore forward Brandon Ashley and recruits Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
The team features one junior – Jarnell Stokes of Tennessee, 17 sophomores (including Harrell), four incoming college freshman (featuring Bryce Alford, son of UCLA coach Steve Alford), and two high school seniors (Jahlil Okafor of Chicago and Justise Winslow of Houston). Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is the most acclaimed player on the tryout list. Smart would have been one of the Top 10 picks in the 2013 NBA Draft if he had decided to leave school.
Harrell, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds, for Rick Pitino's NCAA championship team.
The training camp will stretch from June 14-19. Finalists for the squad will be announced June 15. The team will compete at the FIBA 19 and Under World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic June 27-July 7.
"We have a really impressive group of talented players and a large number of the players have USA Basketball experience," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, a member of the selection committee.
"Selecting our 12-man Under 19 team will be extremely difficult, but the committee is excited and confident that we will be able to field another strong USA team."