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gw67
06-12-2008, 11:31 AM
Tryouts for the U18 USA Basketball team will be held July 1-3 at the Verizon Center. The team will take part in the Under 18 Championship in Argentina in the middle of July. The players include Boynton and Mason Plumlee along with four UNC recruits.

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_invitees

gw67

Ignatius07
06-12-2008, 11:42 AM
Are the tryouts open to the public?

beltwayBD
06-13-2008, 09:25 PM
Are the tryouts open to the public?

Yeah, I'd like to go if possible.

Update: No tickets or schedule on the Verizon Center's website.

buzz
06-13-2008, 10:33 PM
Here I was thinkin' maybe Ignatius07 wanted to try out.

roywhite
06-13-2008, 10:46 PM
Glad to see that Mason and Kenny Boynton are involved in this; I think both have an excellent chance of making the team. This experience can only help their development, and also give them a good assessment of how they stand against some of the best talent in their age group (nationally and internationally).

NYC Duke Fan
06-15-2008, 06:47 AM
Glad to see that Mason and Kenny Boynton are involved in this; I think both have an excellent chance of making the team. This experience can only help their development, and also give them a good assessment of how they stand against some of the best talent in their age group (nationally and internationally).

Did I miss something ? Has Boynton committed to Duke ?

roywhite
06-15-2008, 08:09 AM
Did I miss something ? Has Boynton committed to Duke ?

No, sorry, didn't mean to imply that. Just keeping up with Kenny's progress, since he is so often mentioned as a key Duke target.

norduck
07-03-2008, 02:00 AM
Tryouts for the U18 USA Basketball team will be held July 1-3 at the Verizon Center. The team will take part in the Under 18 Championship in Argentina in the middle of July. The players include Boynton and Mason Plumlee along with four UNC recruits.

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_invitees

gw67



http://ncpreps.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=823657

Bob Green
07-03-2008, 02:57 AM
Kenny Boynton is not mentioned in the article. Is he there?

dukemomLA
07-03-2008, 05:39 AM
Hi, Kenny.

I can't imagine that you don't frequent the DBR website. That being said, if you are considering any other university than Duke, your parents should smack you on your head.

Can't wait to welcome you to Durham, to Coach K, and to..... alas the Cameron Crazies. Look forward to your arrival. Love, dukemomLA:)

Bob Green
07-03-2008, 06:21 AM
Adam Zagoria is in D.C. and has a report (http://www.zagsblog.net/2008/07/02/update-from-the-u18-trials/#more-303) posted on his blog. When discussing possible cuts, he says Mason Plumlee is probably safe, "...because you gotta have a Duke guy."

matrix1686
07-03-2008, 08:37 AM
Zagoria can say what he wants, but every report I've read mentions Plumlee as the best inside defender and presence. He blocked 5 shots in the second session and is using his length to really bother people. From the information on Rivals.com, I find it hard to believe he wouldn't be making the team on his own merits.

roywhite
07-03-2008, 10:13 AM
I've also read positive reports about Plumlee in the U18 trials. In addition to shot-blocking, there are mentions of good rebounding, including on the offensive board. Rebounding and defense were not the first areas I thought were strengths for Mason, so that is very good to hear.

His versatility and length could be key attributes for his game and for future Blue Devil squads.

Bob Green
07-03-2008, 06:31 PM
The team has been cut to 14:

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_finalists

I'm suprised Kenny Hall was cut as reports I read raved about his inside offense. Reeves Nelson is hurt so that cut is obvious. Hollis Thompson and Ari Stewart were the other two let go.

Two of the remaining 14 players must be let go.

brevity
07-03-2008, 06:43 PM
Two of the remaining 14 players must be let go.

They should totally cut one of the Wear twins, just to keep the other on his toes.

Kidding. Good to see Bob McKillop get some recognition at the USA Basketball entry level. No reason why he can't get a comparatively high-profile assistant position for a future Olympic coach in 2012 or 2016.

yancem
07-03-2008, 06:54 PM
The team has been cut to 14:

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_finalists

I'm suprised Kenny Hall was cut as reports I read raved about his inside offense. Reeves Nelson is hurt so that cut is obvious. Hollis Thompson and Ari Stewart were the other two let go.

Two of the remaining 14 players must be let go.

So did Boynton not end up trying out or did he get cut earlier and I missed it?

BlueintheFace
07-03-2008, 09:40 PM
Boynton pulled out late due to a knee injury i believe.

yancem
07-03-2008, 10:39 PM
Boynton pulled out late due to a knee injury i believe.

Thanks.

norduck
07-03-2008, 11:00 PM
http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880703159

juise
07-04-2008, 01:35 AM
Boynton pulled out late due to a knee injury i believe.

Seth Davis agrees (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/seth_davis/07/03/hoop.thoughts/).


Three other players who were invited to the trials canceled at the last minute due to injuries: Kenny Boynton, a 6-foot-2 guard from Florida; Dexter Strickland, a 6-foot-3 guard from New Jersey who has verballed to North Carolina; and Drew Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward who will be a freshman at UCLA next season.

denniden
07-04-2008, 09:35 PM
Boynton may have a bit of a knee injury, but I think him missing the tryouts has more to do with the schedule he has been on lately. He has been non stop on the road and is most likely in need of some rest.

gotham devil
07-04-2008, 11:28 PM
Boynton may have a bit of a knee injury, but I think him missing the tryouts has more to do with the schedule he has been on lately. He has been non stop on the road and is most likely in need of some rest.

Or Reebok making certain that one of their highest profile campers shows up in Philadelphia

SilkyJ
07-06-2008, 02:04 PM
interestingly, mason is listed as a Center on the roster list, which is still at 14. He is also the only Center on the list, which I imagine bodes well for him, and for us!

http://www.usabasketball.com/men_team.php?page=mu18toa_roster

watzone
07-06-2008, 11:14 PM
A reliable source has informed me that Mason made the team and will head to Argentina with Team USA.

norduck
07-08-2008, 11:55 AM
A reliable source has informed me that Mason made the team and will head to Argentina with Team USA.






http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080708/SPORTS/80708020&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSE

Indoor66
07-08-2008, 12:00 PM
http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080708/SPORTS/80708020&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSE

That looks pretty reliable! :)

acciconoclast
07-08-2008, 01:21 PM
Here is the official final roster

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_team

watzone
07-08-2008, 01:43 PM
Here is the official final roster

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_team


Note that there are four Tar Heels on the roster.

Brian12215
07-08-2008, 01:53 PM
Note that there are four Tar Heels on the roster.

Are you saying Kelly is going to go to UNC??

BlueintheFace
07-08-2008, 01:54 PM
Note that there are four Tar Heels on the roster.

well... like three and a half.

watzone
07-08-2008, 02:34 PM
I thought the Wear twins equaled trips?")

roywhite
07-08-2008, 02:46 PM
Here is the official final roster

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=08_mu18_team

Apparently, one of the last cuts involved Lance Stephenson, who was hyped as one of the next great players to come out of NYC.

dkbaseball
07-08-2008, 06:31 PM
Apparently, one of the last cuts involved Lance Stephenson, who was hyped as one of the next great players to come out of NYC.

Without having seen Stephenson, or venturing any opinion on him: The next great guard to come out of NYC did make the team. Last July I posted here about Kemba Walker after seeing him in the Cactus Classic in Arizona. This guy is seriously kinetic, a one-man full court press when he wants to be. McKillop and the coach of the east team in the McDonalds AA game seem to have formed the same opinion, as both have named him their starting PG. I'm afraid he's going to have UConn back in the NC hunt. Last summer I was hoping he would get on Duke's radar, as he would immediately solve all the problems of perimeter pressure and penetration that have been noted in our PG play the last few years. I'm hopeful Nolan can give us those things, but Walker is the paradigm of that kind of guard.