USA Basketball Announces Players for June's Youth Development Festival
30 of top underclassmen in country slated to attend
June 14, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirty of the nation's top high school underclassmen, including seven who earned All-America honors for their play in 2006-07, have accepted invitations to compete in the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, USA Basketball announced. The Festival will be held June 20-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Included among the invitees are 2007 Parade Magazine All-America third team selections Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall / Chatsworth, Calif.) and Greg Monroe (Helen Cox / Gretna, La.), both of whom were named as their respective state's Gatorade Player of the Year. Parade Magazine also listed Tyreke Evans (American Christian / Aston, Pa.) and Delvon Roe (St. Edward / Lakewood, Ohio) on its 2007 All-America fourth team. EA Sports listed Roe as its 2007 National Junior of the Year and Lance Stephenson (
In addition to 2007 All-America honorees Davis, Evans, Gordon, Holiday, Monroe, Roe and Stephenson, rounding out the 2007 USA Festival participants are: Farouq Aminu (Norcross / Norcross, Ga.); Jerime Anderson (Canyon / Anaheim, Calif.); J'Covan Brown (Port Arthur / Port Arthur, Texas); DeMarcus Cousins(Erwin / Birmingham, Ala.); Anthony Crater (Flint Southwestern Academy / Flint, Mich.); Larry Drew (William Howard Taft / Woodland Hills, Calif.); Devin Ebanks (St. Thomas More (CT) / Queens, N.Y.); Yancy Gates (Withrow / Cincinnati, Ohio); Scotty Hopson (University Heights Acad./Hopkinsville, Ky.); Malcolm Lee (John W. North / Moreno Valley, Calif.); Korie Lucious (Pius XI / Milwaukee, Wis.); Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian / Memphis, Tenn.); Nate Miles (Notre Dame / Fitchberg, Mass.); Reeves Nelson (Modesto Christian / Modesto, Calif.); Andy Poling (Westview / Portland, Ore.); Travis Releford (Bishop Miege, Kan. / Kansas City, Mo.);Andrew Steele (John Carroll / Birmingham, Ala.); Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick's / Elizabeth, N.J.); JT Thompson (Forrest Hills / Kings Mountain, N.C.); Erving Walker (Christ the King / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Willie Warren (North Crowley / Fort Worth, Texas);Jamil Wilson (Horlick / Racine, Wis.) and Tony Woods (Rome / Rome, Ga.).
In its ninth installment, the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival looks to continue to build on the success of the past eight Festivals. The 2007 Festival will feature three