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Team USA notes: Final U17 squad includes several UK targets; 2018 star plans UK visit

Cameron Reddish is one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2018, and he picked up a UK scholarship offer earlier this spring.
Cameron Reddish is one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2018, and he picked up a UK scholarship offer earlier this spring. USA Basketball

A few quick notes out of Tuesday morning’s session from Team USA U17 training camp …

▪  The final cuts were made after Tuesday morning’s practice, and the 12 players that will represent Team USA at the FIBA U17 world championships in Spain later this month have been announced. Those 12 players are Markus Howard from the class of 2016, Troy Brown, Wendell Carter, Jaren Jackson, Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton, Gary Trent Jr. and Austin Wiley from the class of 2017, and Jordan Brown, Carte’Are Gordon, Immanuel Quickley and Javonte Smart from the class of 2018. Carter, Knox and Trent have UK scholarship offers, and the Wildcats are already recruiting 2018 point guards Quickley and Smart.

▪  The final U17 team does not include class of 2018 star Cameron Reddish, who likely would have made the squad if not for suffering a sports hernia injury at the end of Monday evening’s practice. The 6-foot-7 wing from Pennsylvania is considered one of the top 10 prospects in the 2018 class and picked up a scholarship offer from Coach John Calipari earlier this spring. “It was a dream come true,” Reddish said Tuesday of the offer. “I was just speechless. I couldn’t even react to it.” Reddish said he plans to visit UK later this summer.

▪  Nike EYBL scoring leader Collin Sexton said that he has not heard from Kentucky, and he’s not sure about adding any other schools to his recruitment, which still consists of several top programs. Sexton – a 6-2 guard from Georgia – mentioned Arizona and Kansas as two schools he definitely wants to see on official visits. Both of those programs have offered.

▪  Class of 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley said UK is showing quite a bit of early interest, though he has not yet spoken to John Calipari personally. Quickley picked up a scholarship offer from home-state Maryland on Monday night and said Tuesday that he grew up rooting for the Terrapins.

▪  There were no scrimmages at U17 practice Tuesday morning, the final session before those final cuts were made. The 17 players remaining going into the day spent most of the practice in group drills.

▪  Team USA U18 training camp starts Tuesday night, and the roster of invitees includes several players with UK scholarship offers: Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo, John Petty, Lonnie Walker, P.J. Washington and Trae Young, as well as a few others who could land UK offers later in the recruiting cycle. Stay tuned to Kentucky.com and @NextCats on Twitter for updates from U18 camp tonight and Wednesday.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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