Jun 11, 2012
Nate Britt, Rodney Purvis and Rasheed Sulaimon, three future ACC rivals, will represent the United States together on the 2012 USA Men's U18 National Team.
Britt, a University of North Carolina recruit from Washington, D.C., Purvis, a North Carolina State University recruit from Raleigh's Upper Room Christian Academy, and Sulaimon, a Duke University recruit from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, Texas, were selected to the team this weekend after participating in the Team USA training camp in Colorado.
The team will travel to Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil, this week to compete for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The tournament consists of eight teams – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States, and the United State Virgin Islands. The top four teams from the field advance ot the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship next year.
The roster for the U18 national team includes:
Nate Britt, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
Sam Dekker, Sheboygan Lutheran (Sheboygan, Wis)
Shaq Goodwin, Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.)
Jerami Grant, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
Montrezl Harrell, Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Jake Layman, King Philip Regional (Wrentham, Mass.)
Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, NC)
Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
James Robinson, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
Marcus Smart, Marcus (Flower Mount, Texas)
Jarnell Stokes, Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.)
Rasheed Sulaimon, Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, Texas)
University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan is serving as the head coach of the U18 team. Gonzaga's Mark Few and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart are assisting Donovan.
The U18 national team is 38-2 since 1990, when it began competing. In 2010, the USA U18 team won the Gold Medal over Brazil, 81-78.
Purvis and Sulaimon both participated in the 2011 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational basketball tournament in Raleigh.