Jul 15, 2014
Fayetteville basketball product Dennis Smith, Jr., has been added to the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Roster.
Smith, who plays basketball at Trinity Christian in Fayetteville and participated in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in December, is among 38 of the top 17-and-under players invited. 36 of the players will attend the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp.
The training camp begins on July 24 in Colorado Springs and runs through Aug. 1. Training camp will result in the selection of a 12-member team.
Smith is a 6-foot-1 and 175-pound point guard and is rated a five-star player, according to ESPN.com. The recruiting website says he is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016.
Interest in Smith is growing. He has offers from Charlotte, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, VCU, and Wake Forest. He was selected to the Associated Press all-state team at the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Smith is not the only North Carolina product invited to the training camp though. Edrice Adebayo of Northside High School and Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy were also selected to the team.
Seventh Woods of Hammond School in Columbia, S.C., and Daniel Giddens of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., were also selected to the training camp roster. Both Woods and Giddens participated in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational last season.
The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for boys basketball will be held Aug. 8-16 in Dubai. It will feature 16 national teams from around the world. The United States is the two-time defending gold medalist and has a perfect 16-0 record in the U17 division.
Prior to traveling to Dubai on Aug. 6, the U.S. squad will spend Aug. 3-5 training in Doha, Qatar. Following a practice on Aug. 7, the USA U17 World Championship Team will open play on Aug. 8 against Greece, followed by an Aug. 9 contest versus Angola and a final preliminary-round game against the Philippines on Aug. 11. The round of 16 will be contested Aug. 12, quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 14, semifinals on Aug. 15 and the finals will take place Aug. 16.
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