Apr 19, 2012
Upper Room Christian Academy's Rodney Purvis was invited to participate in the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp in June.
The training camp will be held June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The camp is used by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee to select the 12-member team that will represent the United States in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The event will be played June 16-20, in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.
Purvis, and NC State recruit, also played in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan will coach the U18 National Team.
"It will be important to learn to play together as a team in a short amount of time," Donovan said. "We need to demonstrate great focus and teamwork and bring a high level of energy and effort every day in order to have success both in training camp and throughout the competition."
Gonzaga coach Mark Few and Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart will be assistant coaches on the team.
"We have a very talented group of young players that will have a great chance of bringing home a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship," said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach and chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee. "As is the case each year, our USA Team will be up against the best players in their age group in the world. They will face great competition from the other participating countries."
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