2013 DeMatha (MD) center and IU recruiting target BeeJay Anya is among the 14 finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship team. 2014 Applewood, Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones, who was offered by Indiana last month, is also a finalist.
After a training camp over the weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball made the announcement on Sunday:
Headlined by 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.), the list features eight athletes who won a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and one who was on the 2011 USA Basketball 3×3 Youth World Championship Team.
Named as finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team were: Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Gaithersburg, Md.); Joel Berry (Lake Highland Prep School / Apopka, Fla.); Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Stephen Domingo (Saint Ignatius Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Rondaé Jefferson (Chester H.S. / Chester, Pa.); Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy, Fla. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Parker; Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School / Houston, Texas).
Anya then talked up Indiana some because of his connections with the Hoosiers. Current IU player Victor Oladipo he said is “like a second brother,” and 2013 IU commitment Stanford Robinson is an AAU teammate and has “been close to me and we’ve played together since the fourth grade. We’re really close.”
When asked if the commitment by Robinson was a factor that would help Indiana, Anya said: “That may play a factor into things. But I’m not sure right now.”
2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard and IU commit James Blackmon Jr. was invited to participate and traveled to Colorado Springs, but is still recovering from a torn ACL.
Theo Pinson, a 2014 wing from Greensboro Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) who holds an offer from IU, did not make the list of finalists.