Maryland freshman Kevin Huerter is one of 12 finalists who made the final cut for team USA's U-18 national team, USA Basketball announced in a press release. He will play under Mark Turgeon, who is an assistant coach along with University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie. Texas' Shaka Smart is the head coach.
The team will compete in Valvidia, Chile from July 19-23 in hopes of a gold medal and a qualifying berth into the 2017 U-19 World Championship. They will play games on three consecutive days against Puerto Rico, Chile and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Huerter will be joined by Texas freshmen Jarrett Allen and James Banks and Washington freshman and DeMatha graduate Markelle Fultz. Past members of the team include Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and former Terrapin Rasheed Sulaimon.
Against top-level competition, these games will serve as a good early summer opportunity for Huerter to prove his worth. He'll be competing for backcourt minutes with Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Micah Thomas.