A few of the finest younger basketball gamers in the US, together with recruits coveted by each the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats, are sure for southern Spain to symbolize their nation on a world stage.
The 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup begins Saturday and runs by means of July 10 in Malaga, Spain. Group USA is vying for its sixth consecutive gold medal within the match and can play its first recreation at 2:45 p.m. EDT towards Lebanon.
Group play wraps up July 5, and the Spherical of 16 will comply with on July 6.
The U.S. is led by a bunch of 2023 and 2024 prospects who’ve piqued the pursuits of U of L head coach Kenny Payne and UK’s John Calipari. A number of retailers have reported that Calipari and Louisville assistant coach Nolan Smith will probably be making the trek throughout the Atlantic Ocean to observe the recruits compete towards the world’s finest.
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Wagner is in the course of a recruiting battle between the Cardinals and Wildcats that crosses household ties. His grandfather, Milt Wagner, performed with Payne at Louisville within the Eighties and was employed to the U of L employees in Might. His father, Dajuan Wagner, performed beneath Calipari at Memphis from 2001-02 earlier than leaping to the NBA as a lottery choose.
Which method is Wagner leaning in his recruitment? The South Jersey native is not saying. Louisville has clearly gained momentum since hiring Payne again in March, and the Cardinals made that identified when greater than a handful of former gamers confirmed as much as watch Wagner and his AAU staff play at a Nike-sponsored EYBL session over Memorial Day Weekend on the Kentucky Exposition Middle.
On June 24, Jamie Shaw with On3 reported that “intel from across the scenario says the Wagner recruitment has been executed for just a few weeks,” with Louisville main the best way.
“The household’s belief in head coach Kenny Payne is what obtained the job executed,” Shaw wrote.
If that’s the case, Calipari’s journey to Spain to observe Wagner could possibly be an try to achieve some floor on Payne, his former assistant, earlier than the highest prospect declares his faculty resolution.
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Wagner will take the court docket for Group USA alongside Ron Holland, one other five-star 2023 prospect who might probably develop into both his future teammate or rival. A 6-foot-8, 195-pound energy ahead, Holland on Wednesday listed Kentucky amongst his 5 finalists, which additionally embody Arkansas, Texas, UCLA and the NBA’s G-League.
Holland is wanting so as to add one other gold medal to his trophy assortment after serving to the U.S. win the 2021 FIBA U16 Americas Championship in Xalapa, Mexico, with new UK basketball commit Robert Dillingham. One other member of that staff was five-star 2024 prospect Ian Jackson, who’s suiting up once more for his nation in Spain.
The No. 1 taking pictures guard and No. 2 total expertise within the 2024 class, Jackson acquired a scholarship provide from Kentucky on June 15, the primary day faculty coaches had been permitted to contact rising highschool juniors. Calipari additionally prolonged a proposal that day to Karter Knox, the youthful brother of former UK standout and NBA lottery choose Kevin Knox.
The youthful Knox is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound small ahead who ranks tenth total on 247Sports’ composite rankings of the 2024 class. Louisville supplied Knox a scholarship again in late Might, with Payne hoping to capitalize on his relationship with the prospect’s brother, whom he helped coach with Calipari throughout the 2017-18 season.
Here is a have a look at the remainder of Group USA’s roster and data on methods to livestream the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup:
USA Basketball’s roster for the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup
The best way to watch USA Basketball in 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup on livestream
All recreation instances are Jap Daylight Time (EDT)
Gold Medal Recreation (vs. Spain)
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10
The place: Málaga, Spain
On-line livestream: https://www.youtube.com/FIBA
Attain recruiting reporter Brooks Holton at [email protected] and comply with him on Twitter at @brooksHolton.
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