Gopher Targets Will Be Well Represented at USA Camp
September 16, 2013
USA Basketball will welcome members of its Men’s Developmental National Team to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a mini-camp on Oct. 5 and 6.
In total, 35 members of the 2013-14 USA Developmental National Team (DNT) are expected to attend. LNH saw the majority of these players at last year’s mini-camp and throughout the past year. We can attest to the high talent level of this group. They will be training in part to prepare for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai.
In addition, 13 older kids (born prior to January 1, 1997) from the high school class of 2014 will attend the camp. Some of this older group may earn the opportunity to compete for the 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2014 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team.
The state of Minnesota will send rising sophomore (2016) Amir Coffey and the “Big Three” (2014) of Tyus Jones, Reid Travis and Rashad Vaughn. Coffey suffered a leg fracture in July and is not expected to fully participate, but does plan to attend camp.
In addition, (2015) Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake, Wisc. and the D1 Minnesota program will be in attendance.
Newly added DNT member 2015 Chase Jeter is a 6’10” forward from Las Vegas and a target of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Head coach Richard Pitino was in Las Vegas last week to watch him and fellow 2015 big man Stephen Zimmerman.
While both kids are elite talents and play for the same high school (Bishop Gorman) and travel program (Dream Vision; Zimmerman played 17U and Jeter played 16U this summer), their relationship is strong and they appear more concerned with helping each other improve as opposed to grabbing the spotlight.
Some random notes of interest on Jeter:
- Mother was born and raised in Minnesota.
- Father played for UNLV and teamed with their current head coach Dave Rice on the 1990 national champion team.
- Played with Dream Vision 16U this summer. LNH saw them several times in person this year, including against D1 Minnesota (Ellenson) in Las Vegas.
- Continues to grow and put on weight/muscle. Upside is considerable.
- Young for grade – the high school junior will turn 16 later this week.
- Versatile weapon who will be need to be utilized offensively in college. Coach Pitino and his staff will need to sell Jeter on how they could use him in a fast-paced offense.
- By all accounts he’s a well-grounded, self-disciplined kid whether it’s on the court, with the weights and in the classroom.