Black invited to USA Basketball camp
Incoming Illinois freshman Leron Black on Monday was one of 21 players invited to participate in USA Basketball's Men's U18 national team training camp.
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The camp, held June 10-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from June 20-24.
Among other invitees to the USA Basketball training camp are Illinois recruiting target Jalen Brunson of Stevenson and Glynn Watson, the younger brother of former Illini point guard Demetri McCamey.
Players were selected by a USA Basketball committee chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Davidson's Bob McKillop, Purdue's Matt Painter and Washington's Lorenzo Romar were also on the committee.
Florida coach Billy Donovan will coach the U18 national team. Arizona's Sean Miller and Providence's Ed Cooley will assist Donovan.
The invitation is significant for Black, a Memphis native who was named Class AAA Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. The 6-foot-7 forward was passed over for the high-profile national all-star games including the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Current Illini Kendrick Nunn also has USA BAsketball experience. The sophomore-to-be won gold medals at the 2012 FIBA U17 championships in Lithuania and in 2011 with the U16 squad at the 2011 FIBA Americas championships in Mexico.