If TCU winning the NIT wasn’t signal enough that the Frogs were bringing in more and more talent that will allow them to compete at the highest level, this certainly is. TCU freshman guard Desmond Bane has been invited to participate in the USA Under-19 World Cup Training camp, after which, the 2017 team will be announced.
Bane’s tabbing for this training camp is a clear signal that TCU is bringing in players capable of competing nationally, and internationally.
You can read the full press release below:
FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore guard Desmond Bane has accepted an invitation to attend the USA U19 World Cup Team training camp June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Bane will be one of 25 athletes at the United States Olympic Training Center and one of 13 who competed as a freshman last season. Athletes eligible for the team must be 19 years old or younger and a U.S. citizen.
Last season, the Richmond, Ind., native played in all 39 games, while starting in 13, and helped the Horned Frogs to a 24-15 record and an NIT championship. Bane averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and led the team in 3-point percentage at .380 (30-for-79).
TCU was 10-1 in games when he scored at least 10 points and proved to be clutch in close situations. Bane sank all three free throws with two seconds remaining to lead TCU to an 85-82 win over No. 1 Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, the Frogs’ first win over a top-ranked team. Bane stepped up again in the second round of the NIT when he went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 24 seconds of TCU’s 94-92 win at Iowa.
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will lead the USA U19 World Cup Team with the assistance of Tad Boyle from the University of Colorado and Danny Manning from Wake Forest University. Additionally, Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University, King Rice of Monmouth University and Jeremy Shulman from Eastern Florida State College will serve as court coaches during the training camp.
The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp is set to get underway at 6 p.m. on June 18. Following two practice sessions on June 19, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m., and a morning session on June 20, finalists for the USA U19 team are expected to be announced. The selected finalists will remain in Colorado Springs and will train twice a day through June 25. The 12-member team is expected to be announced June 22.
As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt.
In addition to Bane, those accepting invitations to attend the USA U19 World Cup Team training camp were: Bol Bol (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Marques Bolden (Duke/DeSoto, Texas); Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.); Devon Daniels (NC State/Battle Creek, Mich.); Hamidou Diallo (University of Kentucky/Queens, NY); Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas); Malachi Flynn (Washington State/Tacoma, Wash.); Kevin Huerter (Maryland/Clifton Park, N.Y.); Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.); De’Anthony Melton (Southern California/North Hollywood, Calif.); Charlie Moore (Kansas/Chicago, Ill.); Chuma Okeke (Westlake H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech/Snellville, Ga.); Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.); Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette H.S./New Orleans, La.); Quinton Rose (Temple/Rochester, N.Y.); Jeremiah Tilmon II (La Lumiere H.S., Ind./East Saint Louis, Ill.); P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.); Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.); Kris Wilkes (North Central H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); and Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.).