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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.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A few tournaments are still going on

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GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington vs. No. 24 Cincinnati, 1:30 p.m.

Two 6-0 teams clash at the Barclays Center in what could be an important game for NCAA tournament resumes of both teams. The Bearcats picked up their most legitimate win over Nebraska, but the Colonials pose as a more real threat after they beat Virginia at home earlier this season. Cincinnati hasn’t shot the ball well in recent wins, but they’re beating up opponents on the glass and the defense has been solid. George Washington is coming off of a win over Tennessee in which they held off the Volunteers in the second half. The Colonials have lost 20 of their last 23 against ranked opponents, but another win over a top team would look great for them going forward.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 4 Iowa State vs. Illinois, 6:00 p.m. (CBSSN)

This game is apart of the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida as the Illini could desperately use a win after a 3-3 start. Illinois head coach John Groce and his team are feeling the pressure for a big win on a neutral site after falling to North Florida, Providence and Chattanooga earlier in the season. The No. 4 Cyclones easily dispatched Virginia Tech earlier in the event and have found a nice balance on offense with the emergence of senior big man Jameel McKay inside.


  • N0. 2 Maryland has struggled to put away teams early at times this season and they’ll try to change that behavior when they host Cleveland State.
  • Staying in the Big Ten, No. 16 Purdue hosts Lehigh. With a game at Pitt and against New Mexico looming, could this be a trap game for the Boilers?
  • Nebraska and Tennessee take the floor in consolation action at the Barclays Center. The Huskers need someone besides Shavon Shields and Andrew White to step up in the scoring column while Tennessee is getting huge numbers from senior guard Kevin Punter.
  • Two 4-0 teams will meet in Brooklyn as Louisville takes on Saint Louis (7:00 p.m., ESPN3). Neither team has faced a significant test this season and this is the Cardinals’ first game away from home.
  • An intriguing night game to keep an eye on is Belmont traveling to BYU (8:00 p.m.). The Bruins are as well-coached as any team in the country and forward Evan Bradds has been playing great ball to start the season. The Cougars don’t have a high scorer like they did in the past, but Kyle Collinsworth is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the floor and BYU has a lot of weapons around him.
  • UAB and Virginia Tech battle in one of the more intriguing consolation games of the Emerald Coast Classic. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses but have a shot to make things better on the trip with a solid win on Saturday.


  • Bryant at Georgetown, 11:00 a.m. (FS2)
  • Bucknell at Penn State , 12:00 p.m.
  • Tennessee-Martin vs. Mississippi State, 12:00 p.m. (SEC Network)
  • Ole Miss at Bradley, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Old Dominion at VCU, 3:00 p.m.
  • Hawaii at Texas Tech, 3:00 p.m.
  • Kent State at Pitt, 3:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • SIU-Edwardsville at Butler, 4:00 p.m.
  • Georgia at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m.
  • Western Illinois at Creigton, 7:00 p.m.
  • Colorado State vs UTEP, 7:30 p.m.

VIDEO: Kris Dunn wills Providence to win over No. 11 Arizona

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Kris Dunn spent the first 35 minutes of Friday night’s game against No. 11 Arizona in foul trouble, splitting his time between sitting on the bench and trying to avoid finding himself, again, on the wrong side the whistle.

With 11 minutes left in the game, and with Dunn yet to find a rhythm, the all-american point guard was whistled for his fourth foul as he battled for a rebound with Arizona’s Mark Tollefsen. Head coach Ed Cooley say his superstar beside his for six game minutes, time enough for Arizona to turn a 49-47 deficit into a 58-54 lead.

There were just over five minutes left when Dunn reentered the second semifinal of the Wooden Legacy, and he proceeded to show everyone in the country why he was named the Preseason Player of the Year. Providence had nine possessions after he reentered the game. Dunn scored 11 points and had a pair of assists on those eight possessions, and if Ben Bentil had stuck a wide-open three — that was setup by Dunn — the Friars would have scored on all nine.

In total, Dunn was responsible for all 15 Friar points in a game-changing, 15-7 run in the final 4:30. It was capped off by this Kobe-in-his-prime-esque game-winner:

The win for Providence is huge for a couple of reasons:

  • Dunn showed a killer instinct against a marquee opponent, something that we didn’t necessarily see out of him a season ago. He wasn’t going to let his team lose, and given that Providence doesn’t have anyone else that can consistently create good shots, they are going to need that from him a lot this year.
  • It makes a statement for the Friars. Arizona is overrated at No. 11 in the country, yes, but going out on national television against an elite program and getting this kind of performance from Dunn is a confidence-booster and a tone-setter. Providence hasn’t been accustomed to winning in recent years. This is a way to set a trend.
  • Ben Bentil continues to play like a star. Dunn had 19 points and eight assists on Friday, but Bentil followed up a 24-point performance in the win over Evansville with 21 critical points on Friday.

This win sets up a matchup between No. 3 Michigan State and Providence on Sunday night, which means that Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn — the two best players in the country, sorry Ben Simmons — will be going head-to-head.

Oh. Hell. Yes.

Here is all of Kris Dunn’s work in the final 4:30: