If you look at the potential roster for the Team USA U19 , you will quickly realize that something is missing. That something is any player for the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari quickly came out to say that he had nothing to do with their decision not to play. The kids want to bypass playing in order to get a jump start on a National Title run.
Some of America’s best young basketball talents will play college basketball next season at Kentucky. You’ve probably heard about this by now. Today, you might have learned none of these young men will play for America this summer in the FIBA U19 World Championships.
According to UK coach John Calipari, that is not by his design.
“Most of it is, they didn’t want to play. I’m not forcing kids to do anything,” Calipari told Sporting News. “I think the reason they all turned it down is, they want to get started.”
Kentucky’s rich haul of 2013 recruits will bring guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison to Lexington, along with forward James Young, power forward Julius Randle and center Dakari Johnson. All were eligible for the U19 squad. Randle was a star on the U18 team that qualified for this summer’s world championship. The Harrisons were cut in training camp. Johnson was a member of the U17 squad that won the world title at that age group last summer.
A short highlight reel of MKG’s rookie season. He’s not one to light up the box score often but he’s an extremely hard worker and does all the little things. He does the dirty work and really sets the tone out there for the rest of his team. He’s also a great defender and a guy that anybody would love on their team.