June 16, 2010
Columbia, Mo. -
University of Missouri signee Tony Mitchell has been named to the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team announced Wednesday by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.
Mitchell was one of just 12 members selected to the squad. The team consists of 11 high school performers and one collegiate freshman, Abdul Gaddy from the University of Washington.
Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel will serve as head coach while Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt and University at Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon are assistants.
“I think it’s a tremendous accomplishment as Tony continues his career,” Head Coach Mike Anderson said. “I know Coach Capel is excited about him being on the team and I received a text from Jeff earlier congratulating Tony. It’s a tremendous honor to represent your country and it’s one Tony and his family are looking forward to.”
Trials in advance of team selections were held June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The squad will remain in San Antonio to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.
"I like the make-up of our team," said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. "We have really good talent. We have versatility. We have guys who can really defend. We have good athleticism, guys who can score. I'm excited about coaching this group. I'm excited about seeing what we can become over these next few days."
Mitchell was the top player in Dallas this past season after averaging 20.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Dallas Pinkston. The 6-foot-8 wing led his club to a 26-10 overall record and a berth in the Class 4A Region II tournament. He was also a consensus Top 20 recruit nationally.
Selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were:
Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.)
Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.)
Abdul Gaddy (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.)
Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.)
Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick's H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.)
Quincy Miller (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Tony Mitchell (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas)
LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas)
Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.)
Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.)
Amir Williams (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.)
Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.)
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