The USA Basketball's 2002 Men's Junior National Team finalists were named following three-day trials held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
The 16-player group is led by Syracuse-bound Carmello Anthony (right) whose participation in the previous year's trials was cut short because of the start of summer school at Oak Hill Academy. He is joined on the post-trials squad by fellow Orangemen signee, Matt Gorman. In all, 10 seniors and six juniors were named from which the official 12-member team will be selected during the July 14-22 training camp which will be held in Miami, Fla.
Oregon's Ernie Kent is the head coach for the team and will be assisted by Bob McKillop of Davidson and Gary Waters of Rutgers.
The USA Basketball junior team will compete July 24-28 in the 2002 COPABA (Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations) Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament that is being held in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Featuring eight teams from North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, the United States will attempt to earn one of the Americas Zone's four qualifying spots for next year's 2003 FIBA Junior World Championship that will be held in Malaysia (city and dates TBD).