Freshman Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy is among 24 teenagers nationwide who are expected to compete for a spot on the USA U16 basketball team that will play next month in the FIBA Americas championship in Argentina.
The 12-member team will be chosen during training camp from June 1-10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Suggs, a point guard, regarded as one of the nation’s top freshmen, helped lead his high school team to the Class 2A state championship.
The FIBA Americas championship will be held June 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina. USA U16 teams have earned four consecutive gold medals and have a 20-0 record since the biennial competition was started in 2009.
The U16 team in the past included numerous players who went on to prominent collegiate and pro basketball careers. Former Apple Valley star Gary Trent Jr. played on the team in 2015.