Two summers ago, Carsen Edwards burst onto the scene as part of Team USA at the FIBA U-19 World Cup. It was part of a busy summer for him. He represented Team USA twice that summer, at the U-19 World Cup and at the World University Games in Taiwan. Team USA went 6-1 and won bronze after getting upset by RJ Barrett and Canada in the semifinals.
This summer is the next edition of the U-19 World Cup and once again, we have Purdue players getting an invite. Today USA Basketball released a 34-player training camp roster, and it includes a few recognizable names:
Seven athletes will be college sophomores in 2019-20, including Kessler Edwards (Pepperdine/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State/Oshkosh, Wis.), Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama/Meridianville, Ala.), Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State/Mansfield, Texas), Jayden Scrubb (John A. Logan College/Louisville, Ky.), Trevion Williams (Purdue/Chicago, Ill.) and Bryce Wills (Stanford/White Plains, N.Y.).
From the graduating high school class of 2019 will be: Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./William Grove, Pa.), Dajuan Gordon (Curie H.S./Chicago, Ill.), R.J. Hampton (Little Elm H.S./Little Elm, Texas), Justin Moore(DeMatha Catholic H.S./Accokeek, Md.), Casey Morsell (St. John’s College H.S./Washington, D.C.), Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins H.S./Hopkins, Minn.), Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills H.S./Chino, Calif.), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (IMG Academy, FL/Overland Park, Kan.), Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, IN/Rochester, N.Y.), Anton Watson (Gonzaga Prep/Spokane, Wash.), Mark Watts Jr. (SPIRE Institute/Pontiac, Mich.), Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.) and Samuell Williamson (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas).
From the high school class of 2020 will be: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.), Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep, Calif./Chicago, Ill.), Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.), Sharife Cooper (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas), Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md./Alexandria, Va.), Jalen Green(Prolific Prep/Fresno, Calif.), Walker Kessler (Woodward Academy/Newnan, Ga.), Caleb Love (Christian Brothers College H.S./St. Louis, Mo.), Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian School/Temecula, Calif.), Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.), Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.) and Ziaire Williams (Notre Dame H.S./Sherman Oaks, Calif.).
The USA will be led by head coach Bruce Weber (Kansas State), with assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central).
The addition of Trevion Williams is great here, as him playing for team USA in the summer would be huge for his development. We also have recent 2020 commit Ethan Morton getting an invite. The third player with a Purdue connection is 5-star center Hunter Dickinson, who is pretty high on Purdue and could be the final piece of a huge three-man class for Matt Painter.
Of course, getting these three guys on the training camp roster helps when coach Painter is the chair of the Junior National Team Committee.
The finalists will be named on June 18th and the team itself will be named June 24th. The tournament is June 29-July July 7 in Heraklion, Greece.