Gators guard Michael Frazier II among 16 finalists for USA Basketball U-19 team
Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II, of Tampa, has made the first cut for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team.
Frazier is among 16 players still vying for a spot on the team. Originally, 24 of the nation's top 19-and-under players were invited to tryouts.
After four training sessions, 16 finalists remain. The roster will be pared down to 12 before the squad leaves on June 19 for three days of training at the Washington Wizards practice facility in Washington, D.C.
The 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship will be held June 24-July 6 in Prague, Czech Republic. The finalists, who must be 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1994) and a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this team, were selected by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee.
"We had 26 really, really good players and all of the guys made the selection very, very difficult," said USA U19 and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. "I think the things that stand out about this team is just the athleticism; the speed and quickness; the ability to defend and put pressure on people; and offensive rebound.
"We still have to get down to 12 players and the challenge right now is to see how these 16 guys fit into what we're trying to do," Donovan added. We'll learn a lot more in the next three practices; we'll see how well guys pick up certain things; how the chemistry is; the way they bond, the way they connect."
Here is the full list of the 16 finalists:
Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon); Michael Frazier (University of Florida); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S.); Elfrid Payton (University of Louisiana at Lafayette); James Robinson (University of Pittsburgh); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University); Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S.).