With the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship fast approaching at the end of this month, USA Basketball officially announced its U19 training camp roster this afternoon with a few familiar faces from the Big East in the mix.
The roster is headlined by incoming Villanova commit Jalen Brunson, who finished his high school career as the No. 16 recruit in the nation (according to the ESPN100 recruiting database) and previously won gold for his home country at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Brunson will be joined by his soon-to-be teammate Eric Paschall, who announced his transfer from Fordham to Villanova in late April after earning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman.
Also rounding out the 24-man roster is Georgetown rising sophomore L.J. Peak, who was named to the Big East All-Rookie team last season after averaging 7.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign.
The trio of current and former Big East players will be joined by ESPN's 2016 No. 1 recruit Jayson Tatum, Maryland commit and 2015's No. 6 recruit Diamond Stone and Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe, just to name a few. The training camp will take place from June 12-26 in Colorado Springs before the coaches narrow the group down to a 12-man roster.
Providence head coach Ed Cooley will serve as an assistant coach for the U19 squad, sharing the bench with Arizona head coach Sean Miller (who will take on head coaching duties) and his brother Archie, who has spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Dayton.
This year's FIBA U19 World Championship will be held in Heraklion, Crete, Greece from June 27 to July 5. The U.S. will play in preliminary Group A, taking on Iran, Croatia and Egypt in hopes of qualifying for the round of 16. The gold medal game is scheduled for July 5.
Of the Big East group, Brunson will most likely be the closest thing to a lock for the 12-man roster, with both Paschall and Peak hoping to impress at camp against a very competitive group of young talent. For Big East fans hoping for an early glimpse at this year's pre-season favorite for Big East Rookie of the Year, this summer should be a promising showcase as Brunson takes the world stage once again.