U19 World Championship Team Selections
Anthony Brown, a rising sophomore at Stanford, and Jahii Carson, an incoming freshman at Arizona State, have been named to the 12-member roster of the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team, as announced Thursday morning by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee following competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.
An All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection last season, Brown ranked third on the Stanford team in scoring at 8.7 points per game while playing in 30 contests and making 12 starts. After making the team, Brown immediately made a phone call back to Stanford, Calif.
"Once I found out I made the team, I was excited, and I knew that all the hard work I put in during the spring paid off," Brown said. "The first thing I did was call [Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins] to let him and the other coaches know about it. They were excited for me."
Carson, who signed with ASU in November of 2010, is a Parade Magazine 2011 second-team All-American and the 2010-11 Arizona Republic Big Schools Player of the Year. He is the only incoming freshman to make the team, said adjusting to the higher-quality level of basketball is a focal point.
"These guys are so intelligent," Carson said. "These guys read defenses and they're mentally focused on every play. That's one thing that I've had to adjust to."
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Brown was a key member of Stanford's talented freshman class that made more starts (47), logged the highest percentage of minutes (41.7) and accounted for the highest percentage of scoring (40.3) of any other Pac-10 freshman class during the 2010-11 campaign. He says his experience at Stanford helped him make the U19 squad.
"I played a lot toward the end of [the 2010-11 season], and so I got to play against a lot of the top players, which helped my confidence," Brown said. "Coming into the tryouts, I knew that I could compete against anybody because I played in the Pac-10."
After several days of tryouts and a day of scrimmages against the Air Force Academy team, Hewitt announced the final roster. He also had a bit of advice for Carson.
"[U19 head coach Paul Hewitt] came up to me and said that this was a big opportunity. He said that he was confident that I could help run the point guard position along with Joe Jackson [Memphis] and Keith Appling [Michigan State]."
Both Carson and Brown emphasized the honor of representing the United States at an international level.
"Growing up, I always watched the Team USA games," Carson said. "I always watched LeBron [James], Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan - all those guys. They always said how it was such a big honor to them to represent the United States, because this is the country we live in. Now, I'm growing up and getting to represent the U19 team. It's definitely an honor for me."
"That's what you dream of," Brown said. "You dream of making it to the NBA, and you dream of playing for your country. Having that 'USA' across your chest, it's bigger than yourself. It represents millions of people."
The USA squad will train June 25-28 in Lithuania. The Americans will face the Lithuania U20 National Team in an exhibition game on June 26 in Panevrzys, Lithuania, and then meet the Lithuania U19 National Team on June 28 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.