Colorado SPRINGS, Colo.—University of Pittsburgh incoming freshman guard James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) was named one of 14 finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team late Thursday evening.
The 14 finalists will continue to train through June 11 at the United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The official 12-man roster will be selected prior to the team's June 12 departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 championship, which takes place in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil from June 16-20.
Joining Robinson as finalists for the team were: DeMatha Catholic teammate Jerami Grant (Bowie, Md.); Nathaniel Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis.); Shaq Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga.); Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy/Tarboro, N.C.); Joel James (Dwyer H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jake Layman (King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass.); Austin Nichols (Briarcrest H.S./Eads, Tenn.); Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C.); Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas); Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn.); and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas).
Robinson was one of 24 athletes invited to take part in the trials. Finalists for the team were selected by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee, which is chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Florida's Billy Donovan will serve as head coach for the squad, while Gonzaga's Mark Few and VCU's Shaka Smart are the assistant coaches. Should Robinson earn a roster spot, it would mark his second international basketball experience. He recently represented Team USA in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit game held in Portland, Ore. on April 7.
Robinson recently wrapped up a successful high school career at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. where he became the school's all-time winningest player with 120 career victories. In his four year career, he also guided the Stags to three Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, three city championships and two Alhambra Tournament titles.
As a senior, Robinson was named First Team All-MET by the Washington Post after averaging 11.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He also led DeMatha to a 30-6 overall record, 15-3 WCAC record, No. 1 state ranking and No. 11 national ranking by USA Today.