USA U16 national team announced
Jabari Parker, Johnathan Williams III highlight USA U16 national team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA U16 national team head coach Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School in Iowa), along with assistant coaches Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles, AAU, Mo.) and Mike Jones (head coach, DeMatha High School, Md.) selected the official 12-member squad during training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center for the 2011-12 USA developmental national team.
National team selections
Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon Career Academy)
2013, SF, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds
Parker has continued to impress and play at a high level. He has really taken his perimeter game to the next level by adding the ability to beat defenders off the bounce with a variety of dribble moves or simply shoot over them. His body is slim and trim and he is finishing above the rim on the break and with clear paths with authority. Parker has the feel and skill to score inside and out and make others better with his passing ability. Overall, he's a very talented and complete young player who has yet to disappoint. Schools in the mix for Parker right now are Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Illinois and Washington.
Johnathan Williams III (Memphis/Southwind)
2013, PF, 6-7, 208 pounds
Williams' energy and constant activity on both ends of the floor is a thing of beauty. The extra-long lefty worked the glass on both ends. He cleaned the defensive glass and had some strong putback baskets that he finished above the rim. He also was a shot-blocking presence and it is evident he has improved his post-up game, especially his left-handed jump hook over his right shoulder. Williams elevates over his defender and follows through and at times it appears that he is shooting down in the rim. The jump hook was defined as his go-to move. Schools in the mix for Williams include Kentucky, Florida, Memphis, Arkansas and Texas.
Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young)
2014, PF, 6-8, 269 pounds
Okafor looks to be in better physical shape and is a true low-post presence with his power drop steps and newly-added half hook over his left shoulder. He is finishing above the rim with authority when he receives drop-off passes created by dribble penetration and did a good job of passing out of the post when he drew a crowd. Okafor has also added the midrange face-up jumper to about 14 feet with needed time and space as well. The wide-body post has an immovable wide lower body base when he posts up and off-the-charts upside. Schools in the hunt for Okafor at this time are UConn, Syracuse, Kansas, Arkansas and Notre Dame.
Justin Jackson (Houston/Homeschool Christian Youth)
2014, SG, 6-6, 171 pounds
Jackson is an excellent jump shooter off the catch or dribble with range to the arc. He runs the floor and spots up, spaces on penetration, comes off screens and hits the midrange pull-up or floater when he does not have a clear path to the basket, where he uses his great length and athletic ability to finish above the rim. Jackson has the build of Reggie Miller and can get on a roll and knock down jumpers quickly if the defense loses his whereabouts. Jackson shoots over smaller defenders like they are invisible. He must add strength and be stronger with the ball, but his ability to shoot is special. Schools like North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas and Washington are in the mix for his services.
Larry Austin (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier)
2014, PG, 6-1, 161 pounds
Austin is a tough competitive point guard who plays with swagger and has leadership ability. He attacks defenders on the break, where he is a threat to deliver the ball to an open teammate or score himself. Austin also has excellent court vision and can beat his defender off the dribble with a great burst of speed. He can also hit the open jumper to the arc when set, which looks to have improved since we last saw him and he must continue to build his conditioning. Austin can run the team and is an excellent finisher in heavy traffic for his size. Ohio State, Illinois, Xavier, Virginia and Tennessee are in the mix for Austin right now.
Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./North)
2013, PG, 6-0, 152 pounds
Frankamp is a smart and skilled point guard who can flat out knock down open jumpers with range to the arc. He has a great feel for the game and competes on both ends. Frankamp will make the defense pay when they lose him or back away. He can also run the team and makes very good decisions with the ball. Schools in the mix for Frankamp right now are Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Boston College and Texas.
Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty)
2013, PF, 6-7, 208 pounds
Gordon has been battling a sore ankle throughout the weekend but did show some flashes of his old self and he was very impressive. He is a long and explosive live-body, high-energy power forward who plays above the rim on all clear paths. He rebounds on both ends and not only excels on the break, but over his left shoulder in the post with a little half hook and hits midrange jumpers with time and space, mostly off the catch in addition to getting to the rim off the bounce. Gordon is a matchup problem because he is also a good enough ball handler to advance the ball against other forwards. He must work to extend his range as well, but he is a team player who is all business on the floor and has some leadership qualities and tremendous upside. Schools like Kansas, Washington, Arizona, Stanford and Oregon are all in the mix.
Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)
2014, SF, 6-5, 200 pounds
Johnson is a strong and physical power driver and slasher. He gets to the rim by attacking defenders off the dribble, where he scores through contact with ease. He also slashes in between defenders and can finish with either hand or use his good court vision to find an open teammate. He does a great job of drawing fouls, as well. He must work to improve his jumper and extend his range. He also is a good rebounder and excellent on-ball defender who has the size and strength to defend both wing positions. Arizona, UCLA, USC, Texas and Georgetown are in the mix for Johnson right now.
Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
2014, PG, 6-0, 171 pounds
Jones is a very unselfish point guard who makes teammates better with his excellent passing and court vision. He can run the team and make open shots with range to the arc when set. Jones can penetrate and makes good decisions coming off on-ball screens, but must finish better. He does a good job of reading the help defender and finding the open man. Jones also plays with urgency and just seems to take what the defense gives him and excel at it. Schools like Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina and Arizona are in the hunt for his services.
Kendrick Nunn (Chicago/Simeon)
2013, PG/SG, 6-1, 175 pounds
The explosive lefty is a shot-maker and above-the-rim-finisher on the break. Nunn has a smooth and confident stroke with range to the arc. He is tough and competes on both ends of the floor. Nunn plays with energy and urgency as well. Nunn also did an excellent job on the defensive end by being a physical on-ball defender and even recorded a few blocked shots in transition. Nunn seemed to get better as camp progressed and he has great upside.
Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Oakridge Military Academy)
2014, SG/SF, 6-4, 176 pounds
Pinson is a super athletic wing who plays above the rim. He can get to the basket and finish through contact. He is a highlight waiting to happen on the break and he can hit short jumpers off the catch with time and space, although his jumper needs attention in order for it to develop into a consistent weapon. He is a good ball handler and willing passer. Pinson is also a very capable multiple position defender, as well.
Malik Price-Martin (Miami/Monsignor Pace)
2013, PF, 6-8, 187 pounds
Price-Martin ran the floor like a deer and finished above the rim on all clear paths and angles. He excels in transition and also makes his presence felt on the glass with his length and quickness to the ball, which enables him to block and contest shots in and out of his area. In the post, he will drop step but is much more comfortable facing and attacking off the dribble from short distances. Price-Martin can also hit the short corner jumper with time and space. He must work on his back-to-the-basket scoring and add strength but the active power forward has great upside.
• Showalter is a two-time USA Basketball Developmental coach of the year after leading the USA to perfect records and gold medals at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
• The 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will take place June 21-25 in Cancun, Mexico. Preliminary round, June 21 USA-Brazil, June 22 USA-Argentina, June 23 USA-TBD, June 24 Semifinals, June 25 Finals.
• The preliminary round pools are broken up into two groups -- Group A: Canada, Chile, Mexico and TBD; Group B: Argentina, Brazil, USA, TBD. The top three finishers will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled for June 29-July 12 in Lithuania.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.