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Newman Makes National U16 Roster

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The roster is set for USA Basketball's U16 National Team heading into next week's FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay.

Here is a look at the 12-player team that will attempt to win a third-straight gold medal at the event for the United States:

Thomas Bryant, 6-9, F, So., Bishop Kearney (Rochester, N.Y.)
Terrance Ferguson, 6-6, G, Fr., Prime Prep (Dallas)
Daniel Giddens, 6-10, F/C, So., Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)
Harry Giles, 6-9, F, Fr., Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
Joshua Jackson, 6-6, G/F, Fr., Consortium College Prep (Detroit)
V.J. King, 6-6, G/F, Fr., St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
Malik Newman, 6-3, G, So., Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
Ivan Rabb, 6-9, F, So., Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)
Devearl Ramsey, 5-10, G, Fr., Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Diamond Stone, 6-10, F/C, So., Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Jayson Tatum, 6-7, G, Fr., Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.)
Seventh Woods, 6-2, G, Fr., Hammond (Columbia, S.C.)

The United States opens play in Uruguay against Mexico next Tuesday. The FIBA Americas Championship runs through Saturday with the top four teams earning a spot in next summer's FIBA U17 World Championship.

"We have depth. We have talented shooters. We have really, really big players inside. We're very versatile, so I feel good about the make-up of our team," USA head coach Don Showalter said.

Since USA Basketball revived the developmental program four years ago, the United States is 28-0 with four gold medals in four major competitions under Showalter.

Reports out of the team's Colorado Springs training camp have been positive.

"We do feel good about the team," USA Basketball committee chair Sean Ford said. "It's very, very athletic. There are a lot of players who can play many different positions and that gives the coaching staff a lot of flexibility both offensively and defensively."

All 12 are accomplished young players already at the high school level and arrived in Colorado Springs with a bit of a national name already. The only mild surprise as the roster was trimmed from 16 to 12 was Ramsey beating out fellow guards Bryant Crawford, Mustapha Heron and Malik Monk for the right to continue on to Uruguay.

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