Future KU guard Grimes, Miege's Robinson-Earl invited to USA Basketball U18 camp

Bishop Miege's Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (45) is one of the 32 invitees to the training camp for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Under 18 National Team. |

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Kansas basketball signee Quentin Grimes and Bishop Miege junior Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are two of 32 athletes invited to training camp for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Under 18 National Team, May 31-June 2, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Finalists for the team, which will be coached by Kansas’ Bill Self and assisted by Danny Manning and Anthony Grant, will be announced on June 2. The U.S. squad will compete at the FIBA Americas Under 18 championship June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada. The top four teams will qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.

Grimes, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from College Park High in The Woodlands, Texas, and Zion Williamson, a forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School return from the 2018 USA Junior National Select Team that played in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit.

Robinson-Earl, a 6-foot-8 forward who is being recruited by KU, Missouri, Kansas State and many others, will be participating in his first USA Basketball camp.

In all, 15 invitees competed in the NCAA Next Generation Sunday at the 2018 Final Four as members of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team: Cole Anthony, Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, N.Y.; Bryan Antoine, Ranney School, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Armando Bacot, Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, Va.; Joey Baker, Trinity Christian School, Fayetteville, N.C.; Will Baker, Westlake High, Austin, Texas; Keion Brooks, North Side High, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Matthew Hurt, John Marshall High, Rochester, Minn.; Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove High, Greenwood, Ind.; Josiah James, Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, S.C.; Jalen Lecque, Christ School, Teaneck, N.J.; Scottie Lewis, Ranney School, Hazlet, N.J.; Tyrese Maxey, South Garland High, Dallas; Pat McCaffery, West High, Iowa City; Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook High, Mountain Brook, Ala., and Mark Watts Jr., Old Redford Academy, Detroit.

Those who, like Robinson-Earl, will be participating in their first USA camp: DJ Carton, Bettendorf (Iowa) High; Hunter Dickinson, DeMatha Catholic High, Hyattsville, Md.; Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park High, Chicago; Joe Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.) High; Kamaka Hepa, Jefferson High, Portland, Ore.; Talen Horton-Tucker, Simeon Academy, Chicago; Musa Jallow, Ohio State University, Bloomington, Ind.; Alex Lomax, East High, Memphis; Justin Moore, DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md.; Kevin Porter, Rainier Beach High, Seattle; Earl Timberlake, DeMatha.; Anton Watson, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.; Coby White, Greenfield High, Goldsboro, N.C.; and Bryce Wills, Iona Prep, White Plains, N.Y.

The list includes several incoming college freshmen: Grimes, plus Baker and Williamson of Duke; Dosunmu, Illinois; Hepa, Texas; Horton-Tucker, Iowa State and Lomax, Memphis.

“We are excited about the group of players that are competing for roster spots on the 2018 USA Men’s U18 National Team,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter, chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. “This group is a versatile and diverse collection of players that will work together on the court and will represent USA Basketball very well.”


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