June 16, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Abdul Gaddy, who just completed his freshman year at Washington, was one of 12 players named to the final roster of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team. Incoming Husky freshman Desmond Simmons was not selected to the team.
"It's a great honor," said Gaddy from San Antonio. "I am very excited to be representing my country and hopefully I'll bring a gold medal home."
Following four trial sessions June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the roster of hopefuls was whittled down from 19 to 12. The U.S. squad will remain in San Antonio 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. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
Gaddy is one of three athletes that has previous USA Basketball experience after having played in the annual Nike Hoop Summit. Gaddy was a member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team that fell to the World Select Team 97-89.
Also selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were: Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.); Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.); Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.); Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick's H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.); Quincy Miller (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Tony Mitchell (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas); LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas); Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.); Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.); Amir Williams (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.); and Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.).
"I like the make-up of our team," said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. "We have really good talent. We have versatility. We have guys who can really defend. We have good athleticism, guys who can score. I'm excited about coaching this group. I'm excited about seeing what we can become over these next few days."
The team will play its first game on Saturday, June 26 against the Virgin Islands, followed by games against Mexico and Argentina. The consolation semifinals and medal semifinals will be held on Tuesday, June 29th, with the final games being played the next day.