March 18, 2010
COLORADO Springs, Colo - Washington Husky basketball freshman Abdul Gaddy was one of 21 players to accept an invitation to attend training camp for the 2010 USA Men's Basketball U18 National Team.
The training camp, which will be held June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The USA U18 National Team will remain in San Antonio June 17-25 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.
Gaddy is currently the only athlete boasting of prior USA Basketball experience. He was a member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team that fell to the World Team 97-89 in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit.
Gaddy is the youngest player in the Pac-10 Confernce - having turned 18 on Jan. 26. He enters the NCAA Basketball Tournament having started the last 25 games for the Huskies and averages 4.1 points per game.
The FIBA Americas Men's U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. On March 5 the draw was held to determine the first round groups, and the USA was placed into Group A, along with Argentina, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Group B includes Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.
The U.S. will open preliminary play against the Virgin Islands on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. (all times listed are local, CDT). On June 27 the USA will face Mexico at 7:00 p.m. and will close preliminary play against South American rivals Argentina on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. The semifinals are slated for June 29, and the finals will be held June 30.