Caleb Furst and Jaden Ivey will be staying in Fort Worth, Texas for a little while longer. Whether they’ll stick around long enough to catch the plane to Latvia and represent their country in the FIBA U19 World Cup remains to be seen.
Jaden Ivey left last season on a personal high, scoring over 20 points in his first career NCAA tournament game, but in a loss.
Caleb Furst is coming out of his high school senior year as the best player in the state of Indiana.
They both met up in Fort Worth, Texas to participate and fight for a spot on the USA U19 team this week. (Fellow incoming freshman Trey Kaufman-Renn was also invited to the U19 camp but a short-term hand injury suffered at the Indiana All-Stars game kept him from participating.)
Furst and Ivey were a part of the initial 26 players invited from all over the country - top freshman and high school players in the country were invited, including this years #1 recruit Chet Holmgren.
They’ve both passed the first hurdle, surviving the first cut of players last night/early this morning. They are now part of the 17 players remaining. There will be a final cut expected to be made later today that will cement the lineup that will represent the US in Latvia on July 3rd and throughout the World Cup. The USA U19 team last participated and won Gold in 2019. Purdue had a representative on that team as well, Trevion Williams.
Jaden Ivey looks to be close to a lock to make the team. He was one of the nation’s top freshman guards last year and got better and better as the season progressed.
Furst’s early ascension on the world scene would be a pleasant and welcomed surprise. Just making the first cut is an impressive showing for the Fort Wayne native.
We will be monitoring the U19 camp and be sure to check back to Hammerandrails.com for any updates throughout the day.