COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following four trials sessions June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Duke incoming freshmen Josh Hairston and Kyrie Irving were among the 12 players named to the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team, USA Basketball today announced. The U.S. squad will remain in San Antonio to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
Other players selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were: Vander Blue; Trevor Cooney; Abdul Gaddy; Quincy Miller; Tony Mitchell; LeBryan Nash; Jereme Richmond; Austin Rivers; Amir Williams; and Patric Young.
"I like the make-up of our team," said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. "We have really good talent. We have versatility. We have guys who can really defend. We have good athleticism, guys who can score. I'm excited about coaching this group. I'm excited about seeing what we can become over these next few days."
Of the 11 athletes who competed at the high school level last season, six earned All-America honors. Irving earned All-America first team honors from USA Today, Parade Magazine and Slam Magazine, and also was a McDonald's All-American and named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year. Hairston was named as 2010 Slam All-America honorable mention.
Hairston and Irving are among six of the players that helped lead their teams to state titles a year ago, while both incoming Blue Devils were also named to their respective all-state teams.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt and University at Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon are serving as assistant coaches for the 2010 USA U18 National Team.