North junior Conner Frankamp has been named to USA Basketball’s U16 national team after three days of practices with 26 other players.
The team was picked by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee and drawn from the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team pool.
The text of the news release is below.
The U.S. U16 squad will remain at the USOTC to train through June 17 prior to departing for Cancun, Mexico, to compete in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The tournament, featuring eight U16 national teams from the Americas Zone (North, South and Central America and the Caribbean), will take place June 21-25 and the top three finishing teams will earn a berth to the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team, should the U.S. qualify for the U17 Worlds, will be comprised of USA Developmental National Team members, and is scheduled for June 29 – July 12 in Lithuania.
“I think the team the Committee selected is really, really good,” said two-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa). “We have a lot of talent. It’s a very talented and skilled team. I know it was really hard to choose 12 players out of the 27 we brought in, but I think that the 12 who were chosen will certainly represent USA Basketball on and off the court in a really great manner. They’re talented and they can play different positions, they’re very versatile. We have some good shooters and good rebounders. We have a good mix of what we need for international competition.”
The 12 members of the 2011 USA U16 National Team are: Larry Austin (Lamphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Justin Jackson (Home School Christian Youth Association / Houston, Texas); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Theo Pinson (Oakridge Military Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); Malik Price-Martin (Monsignor Edward Pace H.S. / Miami, Fla.); and Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.).