Three high school freshmen basketball players with Kentucky ties have been invited to the USA Developmental National Team mini-camp Oct. 9-10.
Jackson Davis, a 6-foot-8 freshman at Lafayette; Dakari Johnson, a 6-8 freshman who played as an eighth-grader at Sayre last season but has since transferred to St. Patrick (N.J.), and James Blackmon Jr., son of former University of Kentucky guard James Blackmon, are among 33 players who will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., next week.
Blackmon, who plays for his dad at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., has already committed to Indiana.
The camp will be used to help identify players for the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team program and to help prepare the United States for the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
"We're going to find out a lot about the 33 who come to the mini-camp. We like kids that can play different positions, we like kids that are athletic that can play defense, and I think we're going to find all that out during the mini-camp," said Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coach Don Showalter, who will direct the players during the mini-camp. "We plan to work them pretty hard but yet give them some time to show what they can do in scrimmage situations."