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Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk among 33 members battling for USA U17 roster spots this week

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This week, the USA Basketball will conduct tryouts with 33 of the best high school basketball players in the country in Colorado Springs for the U17 World Championship team.

Tryouts begin on July 24th and finalists will be announced on July 26th for the U17 team that will travel to Dubai from August 8-16 to play in the 16-team FIBA U17 World Championships.

While the U.S. is the two-time defending U17 gold medal winners, this week’s development camp is significant for another reason as well: it falls right in the midst of the final week of the July live evaluation period when coaches can watch high school basketball prospects.

According to USA Basketball, July 25th will be the only day that college coaches will be allowed to attend the two-a-day practice sessions and it means that many of the top recruits for high-major programs in the country will not be babysat by college coaches during most of the last July period.

This could open up college coaches to evaluating new prospects in places like Las Vegas or Louisville (where CBT will have coverage from both this week) or targeting younger classes of players during the last week of the July live evaluation period.

Here are the 33 players trying out for the U17 team in Colorado Springs this week:

Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School/ Edison, N.J.)

Terrell Brown (St. Andrew’s School/ Barrington, R.I.)

Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney H.S./Rochester, N.Y.)

Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.)

Amir Coffey (Hopkins H.S./New Hope, Minn.)

Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College H.S., D.C./Kensington, Md.)

Eric Davis (Arthur Hill H.S./Saginaw, Mich.)

Juwan Durham (Tampa Preparatory School/Tampa, Fla.)

Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.)

Terrence Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas)

De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S./Katy, Texas)

Daniel Giddens (Wheeler H.S./ Mableton, Ga.)

Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Quentin Goodin (Taylor County H.S./Campbellsville, Ky.)

Jessie Govan (St. Mary’s High School/Queens Village, N.Y.)

Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart H.S./West Haven, Conn.)

Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ Southfield, Mich.)

V.J. King (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S./Akron, Ohio)

Joshua Langford (Madison Academy/ Huntsville, Ala.)

T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian H.S./Lakeside, Calif.)

Malik Monk (Bentonville H.S./Bentonville, Ark.)

Doral Moore (Luella H.S./Locust Grove, Ga.)

Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.)

Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.)

Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif.)

Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.)

Kobi Simmons (St. Francis H.S./ Alpharetta, Ga.)

Dennis Smith Jr. (Trinity Christian School/Fayetteville, N.C.)

Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.)

Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.)

Derryck Thornton (Findlay Prep, Nev./Simi Valley, Calif.)

D.J. Williams (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.).

All 12 member’s of last year’s gold-medal winning U16 team will tryout for the U17 team, with the exception of South Carolina native Seventh Woods, who is out for July with a broken wrist.

Newman was the MVP of that U16 team last season and Bryant, Ferguson, Giddens, Giles, Jackson, King, Rabb, Ramsey, Stone, and Tatum were also on the team.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.

Albany’s Peter Hooley accepts Inspiration Award

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Last week, Albany senior Peter Hooley accepted the Inspiration Award at the Coaches vs Cancer Basket Ball in Troy, New York. The Albany athletic department uploaded his entire speech on Monday afternoon.

Hooley had one of the most uplifting moments of March after months and months of heartache.

The junior guard missed three weeks of the season to travel back home to Australia to be with his mother, who was battling colon cancer. She passed away in January. Hooley returned to the team in February and the following month, the Great Danes had a shot at an NCAA tournament berth. In the America East Tournament championship, Hooley sunk a game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds to go.

Hooley, who graduated in May, was selected to give the commencement speech.