Incoming Duke basketball freshman and Houston, Texas native Rasheed Sulaimon was selected as one of 12 members to the USA Men’s Basketball U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced late Saturday night.
Sulaimon along with 22 other players who were originally invited to try out for the U18 National Team have spent more than a week of training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U18 National Team will compete during the FIBA Americas U18 Championship on June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
Sulaimon is a 6’4 product of Strake Jesuit College Prep where he helped lead the Crusaders to consecutive District 19-5A titles including a 26-4 record this past season. Sulaimon had averages of 27.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game as a senior. Scout.com named Sulaimon their 12th best prospect and the #1 shooting guard in the 2012 class.
He participated in both the McDonald’s All-American game and Jordan Brand Classic at the end of his senior season. Sulaimon helped lead his West squad in the McDonald’s All-American game to a 106-102 victory over the East squad scoring 18 points including 4 three point field goals. At the Jordan Brand Classic, Sulaimon scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 99-95 win for his West team on that night.
As well as the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic, Sulaimon was a member of the 2012 USA Team during the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. He is one of just two players on the U18 team with previous USA Basketball experience.
To add to his list of accolades, Sulaimon was also the recipient of the inagural Guy V. Lewis Award as the greater-Houston area boy high school player of the year as announced by the Greater Houston Basketball Committee. The Award is in honor of College Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Guy V. Lewis, who led the University of Houston from 1956 to 1986. A UH alumnus, Lewis coached the Cougars to five Final Fours, won 592 games and was a pioneer for the game.
Sulaimon will enter the 2012-13 season for the Duke Blue Devils joined by fellow incoming freshman Amile Jefferson as well as Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee who both redshirt during their freshmen seasons at Duke last season. All four players figure in to making solid contributions to the team next year.
The 2012 USA U18 National Team is led by a trio of some of the best college coaches in the game, including Billy Donovan (University of Florida) serving as head coach, with Mark Few (Gonzaga University) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth University) as assistant coaches.
Below is the full 12-man roster for the USA Men’s Basketball U18 National Team:
Nathaniel Britt, II G 6-1 158 2013 Gonzaga College H.S., D.C./North Carolina Upper Marlboro, MD
Sam Dekker F 6-7 200 2012 Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Wisconsin Sheboygan, WI
Shaq Goodwin F 6-8 235 2012 Southwest DeKalb H.S./Memphis Decatur, GA
Jerami Grant F 6-7 190 2012 DeMatha Catholic H.S./Syracuse Bowie, MD
Montrezl Harrell F 6-8 230 2012 Hargrave Military Academy/Louisville Tarboro, NC
Jake Layman F 6-7 180 2012 King Phillip Regional H.S./Maryland Wrentham, MA
Rodney Purvis G 6-4 190 2012 Upper Room Christian/North Carolina State Raleigh, NC
Julius Randle F 6-8 235 2013 Prestonwood Christian Academy McKinney, TX
James Robinson G 6-3 198 2012 DeMatha Catholic H.S./Pittsburgh Mitchellville, MD
Marcus Smart G 6-3 210 2012 Marcus H.S./Oklahoma State Flower Mound, TX
Jarnell Stokes F 6-8 245 2015 University of Tennessee Memphis, TN
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6-4 190 Strake Jesuit College Prep/Duke Houston, TX