Saturday marked the first day of training camp for the United States U19 team, which is being led by Arizona head coach Sean Miller and assistants Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton), with a list of 24 players needing to be pared down to 12 in advance of the FIBA U19 World Championships. Saturday it was learned that three candidates will not be participating in the camp, one of whom is reportedly on his college campus already.
Diamond Stone, one of the top incoming freshmen, withdrew from the camp as did 2016 prospects Tyus Battle (Michigan commit) and Malik Monk according to the Arizona Daily Star. Per the report, a USA Basketball spokesman cited health and family reasons for the players’ decisions to withdraw.
As for Stone, InsideMDSports.com reported Saturday that he’s already on the College Park campus.
Although there’s been no official confirmation, a source said it’s likely Stone is at Maryland to stay. It appears to be a late change of plans, as Maryland coach Mark Turgeon spoke about Stone’s delayed arrival Thursday at an athletic department tour stop in Baltimore.
“[USA basketball] is good for his development … He gets to play against top competition; it seasons him [but] I don’t think anything will make Diamond nervous,” Turgeon said. “Personally, I’d rather have him around. I’d rather have him in the weight room with Kyle and lifting with the guys and practicing with me, but you can’t get hold kids back. If that’s the best thing for him, then that’s what they should be doing.”
The World Championships run from June 27 to July 5 and will be played in Heraklion, Crete. According to USA Basketball, the list of 15 finalists is expected to be revealed June 15 (Monday), with that group being pared down to 12 shortly thereafter. The training camp runs through the 26th of the month.
Coaches Donnie Bostwick (Southwest Assemblies of God), Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central) are serving as court coaches during the training camp.