Soon-to-be Syracuse Orange sophomore forward Jerami Grant and freshman Tyler Ennis could meet on a world stage this summer. Grant will be a member of Team USA's under-19 squad that will participate in this year's World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, June 24-July 6, while Ennis, a native of Brampton, Ont., will be wearing a uniform that features a red maple leaf. (I am assuming that's what Canada jerseys look like.)
Grant, 6-foot-8, 203 pounds, was a key reserve on last year's Final Four squad (3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game) and should have a great experiance as a member of the 12-player roster which was announced Monday evening.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan will lead the team, which also includes: Florida's Michael Frazie; incoming Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon; Louisville's Montrezl Harrell; top high school recruit Jahlil Okafor; Louisiana at Laffayette's Elfrid Payton; Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart; Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes; Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon; Virginia's Mike Tobey; incoming Washington freshman Nigel Williams-Goss and Saint John's High School's (Houston) Justise Winslow.
"Getting down to 12 is the real hard part because in a lot of respects we easy could have kept 14-15," said USA head coach Billy Donovan in a press release.
"There were some tough decisions, difficult decisions, but I think we feel overall that we have selected an athletic and versatile team. Our style of play will be an aggressive, up-tempo, running, pressing style. From an execution standpoint we've got to get better there, a lot of the other teams over there have been together for quite some time and that's probably a strength of their teams, so we felt that we have to rely on some athleticism," Donovan continued.
The team will continue training through June 19th at Team USA's facilities in Colorado Springs, CO. From there, they will depart to Washington D.C., where they will train until June 22. They depart for Prague on June 23.
Meanwhile, Ennis is listed as one of two point guards on the Canadian National Team. The other point guard is Illinois State's Kaza Keane, who started 10 of 31 games for the Redbirds.