TCU guard Desmond Bane, who averaged 7.1 points per game for the Horned Frogs’ team that won the 2017 NIT championship, is one of 25 players chosen to attend the USA Under-19 World Cup Team training camp June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kentucky coach John Calipari will lead the team, with six assistants from other college programs in the mix. Calipari made his selections Thursday, with Bane the lone player chosen from a college in Texas. The only other Big 12 selection was Kansas guard Charlie Moore.
Bane, a native of Richmond, Ind., played in all 39 of TCU’s games last season as a freshman and made 13 starts. He led the team in three-point shooting percentage (.380) and provided the winning margin in a season-defining, 85-82 upset of top-ranked Kansas during the Big 12 conference tournament by sinking three consecutive free throws with two seconds remaining in the contest.
TCU, which finished 24-15 last season, posted a 10-1 mark in games when Bane emerged as a double-digit scorer. The 25 invitees to the camp will be pared down to a 12-player roster that will represent the USA at the FIBA U19 World Championships, July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt.
In addition to Bane, other invitees to the USA camp included: Bol Bol (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Marques Bolden (Duke/DeSoto, Texas); Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.); Devon Daniels (NC State/Battle Creek, Mich.); Hamidou Diallo (University of Kentucky/Queens, NY); Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas); Malachi Flynn (Washington State/Tacoma, Wash.); Kevin Huerter (Maryland/Clifton Park, N.Y.); Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic H.S/San Diego, Calif.); De’Anthony Melton (Southern California/North Hollywood, Calif.); Charlie Moore (Kansas/Chicago, Ill.); Chuma Okeke (Westlake H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech/Snellville, Ga.); Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.); Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette H.S./New Orleans, La.); Quinton Rose (Temple/Rochester, N.Y.); Jeremiah Tilmon II (La Lumiere H.S., Ind./East Saint Louis, Ill.); P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.); Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.); Kris Wilkes (North Central H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); and Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.).