Archbishop Carroll sophomore All-Delco forward Derrick Jones was among eight players named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Tuesday. His first involvement with a USA Basketball team, Jones becomes part of the 31-player pool of Under-16 players available for selection for the 2013 U16 national team and 2014 U17 World Championship team, should the U.S. qualify.
Training camp begins Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will run through June 6. A final 12-player team will be named at that time to compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 11-15 in Maldonado, Uruguay, that will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 U17 Worlds.
“After looking at our initial roster we felt these eight guys would fit in to the mix as far as versatility and guard play, especially,” USA head coach Don Showalter said in a release. “They’re good additions to have. All eight of them have a great shot at making our USA U16 National Team, as do the other players we invited to begin with.
Of the 31 athletes in camp, 13, including Jones, belong to the class of 2015 while 18 are in the class of 2016. Jones is one of only two players from Pennsylvania in camp, joining William Tennant H.S. sophomore Horace Spencer. Jones, ranked No. 37 in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, has collected offers from Cincinnati and Syracuse.