Theo Pinson(Wesleyan Christian Academy) headed to USA Men’s Basketball Mini-Camp

Posted by Andy Durham on October 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm under Amateur, High School | Comments are off for this article

Theo Pison, from Wesleyan Academy in High Point, N.C., is headed back to FIBA U17 World Championship training again…….

USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Roster Announced For October

– U.S. Will Train In Preparation For 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship –

Jabari Parker, who will attend the 2011 USA Men’s Developmental National Team
October mini-camp, earned MVP honors at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Twenty-seven members of the 2011-12 USA
Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team are confirmed to participate in a
mini-camp that will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colo.

On the heels of a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, the USA
will utilize four practice sessions to prepare to defend its inaugural gold at the
2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will be played June 29 – July 8 in

Participating in the October mini-camp are:Shaqquan Aaron (Taft H.S. / Apple Valley,
Calif.);Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Gaithersburg, Md.);Larry Austin
(Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.);Anton Beard (Parkview Magnet H.S. / North Little
Rock, Ark.);James Blackmon, Jr. (Bishop Luers H.S. / Fort Wayne, Ind.);Dom Collier
(Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.);Stephen Domingo (Saint Ignatius Prep / San
Francisco, Calif.);DeMonte Flannigan (Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S. / Richmond
Heights, Ohio);Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.);Aaron Gordon
(Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.);Justin Jackson(Homeschool Christian Youth
Assoc. / Spring, Texas);Rondae
Jefferson(Chester H.S. / Chester, Pa.);Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy, Fla. /
Brooklyn, N.Y.);Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.);Tyus Jones
(Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.);Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S. /
Camby, Ind.);Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.);Jahlil Okafor (Whitney
Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.);Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.);Theo Pinson
(Wesleyan Christian Academy / Greensboro, N.C.)
;Jordan Swopshire (SportsQuest
Academy, Va. / O’Fallon, Mo.);Jimmie Taylor (Greenboro H.S. / Greensboro,
Ala.);Charles Tucker(Lansing Eastern H.S. / Lansing, Mich.);Paul White(Whitney
Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.);Isaiah Whitehead(Lincoln H.S. /
Brooklyn, N.Y.);Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); andJustise
Winslow (St. John’s School / Houston, Texas).

“I think this year’s mini-camp is different than last October because we have had
some experience with the players and many of them now have experience in
international competition,” said Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coachDon
Showalter, who enters his fourth year as head coach of the USA Men’s Developmental
National Team having collected gold at the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Americas U16
Championship and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.

“After a summer of intense basketball, it will be interesting to see how much
improvement they’ve made,” Showalter continued. “I know many of them have had great

“I think our goal is to do some work with our offense, in terms of recognizing pick
and roll options, to review some things and then to generate some good competition,”
Showalter said of the mini-camp. “We want to get in four really good practices and
end each of those with a game-like competition.”

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