High school hoops stars prepare for Team USA camp
Some of the brightest high school basketball stars will descend on Colorado Springs next month for the newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp. The USA Basketball-created camp will be held October 5-7 and is backed by the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the NCAA.
This year, 87 high schoolers from all levels will attend the camp, an increase of 33 over what was seen last year. The weekend event has been expanded as more basketball groups get involved and offer more programs.
Last year's minicamp was only two days, but a third day has been added this year to feature an off-court component. That component is designed to educate the talented hoops stars and their families on subjects such as college attendance, the NBA draft and becoming members of the NBPA.
There are already a number of confirmed participants this year. The top ten seniors in the ESPN 100 list will be attending, as will 23 juniors, including the top three in ESPN 60's list. For the sophomore class, the top five ranked players of ESPN 25's list have confirmed their participation. For the freshmen, 28 players will be present.
The minicamp will include a number of seminars created by USA Basketball partners. There will be a health and wellness program, life skills sessions and collegiate eligibility and recruitment management.
The October minicamp, for the first time, will see USA Basketball cover travel and accommodations for one parent to attend the minicamp for each child participating in the event.