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Basketball: Local stars reportedly invited to tryout for USA Basketball

May 7, 2008 |  5:42 pm

I found not one but two reports confirming that several players from the Southland have been invited to attend tryouts for the USA under-18 national team, a group scheduled to compete in the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Argentina on July 14-18.

Malcolm Lee of Riverside North, Campbell Hall's Jrue Holiday, Compton Dominguez's Jordan Hamilton and Loyola's Hollis Thompson are four of the 20 athletes competing for a dozen roster spots at the tryouts, taking place July 1-4 at Georgetown. Training camp is set for July 4-10.

UCLA-commits Drew Gordon of Archbishop Mitty and Reeves Nelson of Modesto Christian were also invited. Highly touted underclassmen such Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln and Derrick Favors of South Atlanta (Ga.) are expected to try out, as well.

-- Sean Ceglinsky