Four high school basketball recruits with UK scholarship offers and three players who will suit up for the Wildcats this season will try out for the Team USA U19 squad, it was announced Thursday.
UK Coach John Calipari will coach the team, which will play for a FIBA gold medal in Egypt in July following a week-long training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., later this month.
Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington are among the 28 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the U19 squad. All three of those players were considered top-20 recruits in the class of 2017 and will be freshmen at Kentucky next season.
The list of training camp participants also includes four high school players — point guard Immanuel Quickley, shooting guard Romeo Langford, small forward Cameron Reddish and power forward Bol Bol — that are high on Calipari’s recruiting radar.
Quickley, the first point guard from the 2018 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, played for the Team USA U17 squad that won a gold medal last summer. The 6-foot-2 prospect from the Baltimore area has narrowed his recruiting list to UK, Maryland, Miami and Kansas, and he’s expected to make a college decision before his senior season.
Langford — from nearby New Albany, Ind. — is considered the No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2018, and he has scholarship offers from UK, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana and several other top programs. Calipari has visited Langford in his hometown — and watched him play in high school and on the AAU circuit — several times already.
Reddish — a 6-foot-7 wing — is from Pennsylvania and was a high school teammate of former UK recruiting target Mohamed Bamba. Reddish is considered a top-five prospect in the 2018 class. UK, Duke and Villanova are three schools often mentioned in his recruitment.
Langford and Reddish both tried out for last summer’s U17 squad.
Bol — the son of former NBA player Manute Bol — is a versatile, 7-2 prospect who was named the most valuable player of the Nike travel league’s regular season earlier this week. He earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky after Calipari watched him play in April, and the Wildcats quickly emerged as a possible favorite in his recruitment.
Diallo, Knox and Washington are all expected to compete for starting spots on next season’s UK team.
The U19 training camp starts June 18 in Colorado Springs, and the final 12-player team will travel to Egypt for the U19 World Cup, which starts July 1.