Rasheed Sulaimon has officially been named to the U19 USA World Championship team, per a release from USA Basketball.
Duke targets Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor have also made the team. From this point, the twelve members who made the squad will attend training sessions at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 17, June 18 and June 19, before changing venues to Washington DC, where they will attend training sessions at the Washington Wizards practice facility June 20-22 before leaving for Prague, Czech Republic on June 22, and the June 27-July 7 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Sulaimon was apart of last year’s U18 team that won gold. Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor were also on 2012’s U17 team that also won gold.
USA’s U19 head coach Billy Donovan released this statement.
“There were some tough decisions, difficult decisions, but I think we feel overall that we have selected an athletic and versatile team. Our style of play will be an aggressive, up-tempo, running, pressing style. From an execution standpoint we’ve got to get better there, a lot of the other teams over there have been together for quite some time and that’s probably a strength of their teams, so we felt that we have to rely on some athleticism,”
This is obviously a huge accomplishment for every member of the team. This will hopefully help prepare Sulaimon and improve his game, as he heads into this upcoming season as a sophomore.
What do you guys think? How will Sulaimon making the team help his performance as a player at Duke? Let us know in the comment section below.
Here’s the entire 12-man roster.
Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.)
Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.)
Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.)
Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.)
Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.)
Elfrid Payton (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas)
Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.)
Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas)
Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.)
Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.)
Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas)
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