Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Roman Catholic's Wayns battling for spot on 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team

By John McMullen

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Roman Catholic's Maalik Wayns is one of 25 18-and-younger prep stars set to attend the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials, July 1-3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The 25 athletes will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2008 Men's U18 National Team.

Athlete selections for the USA Basketball Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.

"We have the best young players in the country participating in the trials and we've assembled an outstanding coaching staff to coach with them," said Boeheim. "The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee did an outstanding job of identifying a tremendous group of young players who will compete for a roster position on the USA Basketball U18 National Team."

Following trials, the Men's Collegiate Committee is expected to announce the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster, plus alternates. The selected finalists will remain in Washington for the July 4-10 training camp. The USA squad will then depart for the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men, July 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina.

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