USA Basketball has announced the roster for the 2006 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 2006 Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, April 8, 3 p.m. (CT) at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Two players of local interest, Thaddeus Young (Mitchell High School/Memphis, Tenn.) and Brandan Wright (Brentwood Academy/Nashville, Tenn.) made the roster.
Joining the two Tennessee stars on the roster are:
Kevin Durant (Montrose Christian School / Forrestville, Md.)
Wayne Ellington (Episcopal Academy / Wynnewood, Pa.)
Paul Harris (Notre Dame Prep / Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
Spencer Hawes (Seattle Prep / Seattle, Wash.)
Gerald Henderson (Episcopal Academy / Blue Bell, Pa.)
Tywon Lawson (Oak Hill Academy, Va. / Clinton, Md.)
Vernon Macklin (Hargrave Military Academy / Chatham, Va.)
Jon Scheyer (Glenbrook North H.S. / Northbrook, Ill.)
Herman Harried (Lake Clifton High School/Baltimore, Md.), who was on the bench as an assistant for last year's USA Hoop Summit team, was named head coach. Head coach of last year's International Sports Invitational gold medal winning USA Red Team Pat Fitterer (Eisenhower High School/Yakima, Wash.) will serve as assistant coach.
"This is a great honor and I'm looking forward to playing in front of my hometown fans," said Young in the USA Basketball press release. "I'll help my team any way I can - by passing the ball, by doing whatever I can to make the team and all the individuals around me good.
"I'm very excited just to be playing with all the other players on the (USA) team and I'm looking forward to getting to show how well we can play as a team."
The USA Basketball Men's Junior Development Committee selected the team and the coaches. Committee Chairman Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School/Wellman, Iowa) had these comments in the USA Basketball press release:
"I think through the past four-five or six Hoop Summits we've done a much better job of identifying players that are going to develop into a team. The Nike Hoop Summit is an entity of its own now, people and players now look at it not so much as an all-star game anymore," said Showalter. "This team is a little bit different than teams we have selected in the past in that we have a lot of players who are pretty versatile, who can play a lot of different positions. I think it's going to be a team Coach Harried can really develop into a pretty good team in a couple of days.
"Both Herman (Harried) and Pat (Fitterer) are very well versed in what USA Basketball is and what the Hoop Summit is, and I think that's huge just from the standpoint that they know how to get the team ready for this kind of competition. Both are excellent selections, they're thrilled about being a part of the Nike Hoop Summit and I know they'll do a great job for us.
"The World team is always made up of very good players from all over the world and the games have been extremely competitive. I think we've maybe had the better shooters the last couple years and we've done a great job of playing defense on the international team in the last three-or four games and that's been because our coaches know what it takes to win the game and our players buy into that."