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  Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Youth Development Festival Participants Divvied Up
By Jonathan Givony

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The href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> represent href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> Youth href=/profile//> Development href=/profile//> Festival, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> contested href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> International href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Invitational, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> onto href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> (Red, href=/profile//> White href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Blue), href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> announced href=/profile//> today. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> eighth href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> Youth href=/profile//> Development href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> build href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> Festivals. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> twist href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> annual href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> Youth href=/profile//> Development href=/profile//> Festival, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ‘05 href=/profile//> Festival, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> U.S., href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> squads href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Canada, href=/profile//> China, href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> Zealand href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Russia. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> 7-11 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Diego, href=/profile//> Calif., href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> multi-sport href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> International href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Invitational, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> feature href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 33 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation's href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> entering href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fall href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2005.

The href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> opportunity href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> rules. href=/profile//> Athletes href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> gained href=/profile//> valuable href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Festival, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> gone href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> additional href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar href=/profile//> (UCLA), href=/profile//> Kirk href=/profile//> Hinrich href=/profile//> (Chicago href=/profile//> Bulls), href=/profile//> Casey href=/profile//> Jacobsen href=/profile//> (New href=/profile//> Orleans href=/profile//> Hornets), href=/profile//> J.R. href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> (New href=/profile//> Orleans href=/profile//> Hornets), href=/profile//> Sebastian href=/profile//> Telfair href=/profile//> (Portland href=/profile//> Trail href=/profile//> Blazers), href=/profile//> D.J. href=/profile//> White href=/profile//> (Indiana), href=/profile//> Deron href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Illinois) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Texas).

More href=/profile//> notably, href=/profile//> 2004 href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Rookie href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Year href=/profile//> LeBron href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> (Cleveland href=/profile//> Cavaliers) href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2001 href=/profile//> Youth href=/profile//> Development href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lasting href=/profile//> impression href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> 24.0 href=/profile//> ppg., href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 7.2 href=/profile//> rpg., href=/profile//> 2.2 href=/profile//> apg. href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2.0 href=/profile//> spg. href=/profile//> He, href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> ‘01 href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> participant href=/profile//> Carmelo href=/profile//> Anthony href=/profile//> (Denver href=/profile//> Nuggets), href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 24.0 href=/profile//> ppg. href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Festival, href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2004 href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> Games.

Competing href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be: href=/profile//> D.J. href=/profile//> Augustin href=/profile//> (Brother href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> Orleans, href=/profile//> La.); href=/profile//> Deaquan href=/profile//> Cook href=/profile//> (Dunbar href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Dayton, href=/profile//> Ohio); href=/profile//> Bryan href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> (Grand href=/profile//> Prairie href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Grand href=/profile//> Prairie, href=/profile//> Texas); href=/profile//> 2004 href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Youth href=/profile//> Development href=/profile//> Festival href=/profile//> participant href=/profile//> Gerald href=/profile//> Henderson, href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> (Epipsocal href=/profile//> Academy href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Blue href=/profile//> Bell, href=/profile//> Pa.); href=/profile//> Tom href=/profile//> Herzog href=/profile//> (Powers href=/profile//> Catholic href=/profile//> H.S./ href=/profile//> Flint, href=/profile//> Mich.); href=/profile//> Damion href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> (Nacogdoches href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Nacogdoches, href=/profile//> Texas); href=/profile//> Brook href=/profile//> Lopez href=/profile//> (San href=/profile//> Joaquin href=/profile//> Memorial href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Fresno, href=/profile//> Calif.); href=/profile//> Jeremiah href=/profile//> Rivers href=/profile//> (Winter href=/profile//> Park href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Winter href=/profile//> Park, href=/profile//> Fla.); href=/profile//> Stanley href=/profile//> Robinson href=/profile//> (Huffman href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Birmingham, href=/profile//> Ala.) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Jon href=/profile//> Scheyer href=/profile//> (Glenbrook href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Northbrook, href=/profile//> Ill.). href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> headed href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> LeFlore href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> (Ala.) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Otis href=/profile//> Hughley href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> assistant href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> Dallas href=/profile//> Highland href=/profile//> Park href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> (Texas) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Kenny href=/profile//> Hoffpauir.

Eisenhower href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> (Wash.) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Pat href=/profile//> Fitterer href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> slated href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> White href=/profile//> Team, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> assistant href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Central href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> (Ind.) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Doug href=/profile//> Mitchell. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> White href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> includes: href=/profile//> Darrell href=/profile//> Arthur href=/profile//> (South href=/profile//> Oak href=/profile//> Cliff href=/profile//> H.S./ href=/profile//> Dallas, href=/profile//> Texas); href=/profile//> Michael href=/profile//> Conley href=/profile//> (Lawrence href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Indianapolis, href=/profile//> Ind.); href=/profile//> Javaris href=/profile//> Crittenton href=/profile//> (Southwest href=/profile//> Atlanta href=/profile//> Christian href=/profile//> Academy href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Atlanta, href=/profile//> Ga.); href=/profile//> Isaiah href=/profile//> Dahlman href=/profile//> (Braham href=/profile//> Area href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Braham, href=/profile//> Minn.); href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Harris href=/profile//> (Niagara href=/profile//> Falls href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Niagara href=/profile//> Falls, href=/profile//> N.Y.); href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Today href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Gatorade href=/profile//> Prep href=/profile//> Player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Year href=/profile//> Greg href=/profile//> Oden href=/profile//> (Lawrence href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Indianapolis, href=/profile//> Ind.); href=/profile//> Scott href=/profile//> Reynolds href=/profile//> (Herndon href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Herndon, href=/profile//> Va.); href=/profile//> Kyle href=/profile//> Singler href=/profile//> (South href=/profile//> Medford href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Medford, href=/profile//> Ore.); href=/profile//> Bill href=/profile//> Walker href=/profile//> (North href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Cincinnati, href=/profile//> Ohio); href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bryce href=/profile//> Webster href=/profile//> (St. href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> Academy href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Mendota href=/profile//> Heights, href=/profile//> Minn.).

Featured href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Blue href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> are: href=/profile//> Dwayne href=/profile//> Collins href=/profile//> (Miami href=/profile//> Senior href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Miami, href=/profile//> Fla.); href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Wayne href=/profile//> Ellington href=/profile//> (The href=/profile//> Episcopal href=/profile//> Academy href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Merion, href=/profile//> Pa.); href=/profile//> Tory href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> (Buena href=/profile//> Vista href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Saginaw, href=/profile//> Mich.); href=/profile//> Derrick href=/profile//> Jasper href=/profile//> (Paso href=/profile//> Robles href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Paso href=/profile//> Robles, href=/profile//> Calif.); href=/profile//> Robin href=/profile//> Lopez href=/profile//> (San href=/profile//> Joaquin href=/profile//> Memorial href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Fresno, href=/profile//> Calif.); href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> O.J. href=/profile//> Mayo href=/profile//> (North href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> Hill, href=/profile//> Ohio); href=/profile//> DeShawn href=/profile//> Sims href=/profile//> (Pershing href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Detroit, href=/profile//> Mich.); href=/profile//> Corey href=/profile//> Stokes href=/profile//> (St. href=/profile//> Benedict's href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Bayonne, href=/profile//> N.J.); href=/profile//> Lance href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> (St. href=/profile//> Benedict's href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Scotch href=/profile//> Plains, href=/profile//> N.J.); href=/profile//> Michael href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> (Heritage href=/profile//> Christian href=/profile//> Academy href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Cleveland, href=/profile//> Texas); href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Thaddeus href=/profile//> Young href=/profile//> (Mitchell href=/profile//> Road href=/profile//> H.S. href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Memphis, href=/profile//> Tenn.). href=/profile//> Arkansas href=/profile//> AAU href=/profile//> Wings href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Crawford href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> tabbed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Blue href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> assistant href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> Treadwell href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> (Tenn.) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Jarrett href=/profile//> Stephens. href=/profile//>

Henderson href=/profile//> returns href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> participating href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2004 href=/profile//> Festival. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 13.6 href=/profile//> ppg. href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 6.4 href=/profile//> rpg. href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> member href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bronze href=/profile//> medal.

Oden href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> named href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Parade href=/profile//> Magazine href=/profile//> All-America href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> May href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Parade's href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Scheyer href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Parade href=/profile//> All-America href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> selection. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> Parade href=/profile//> Magazine href=/profile//> accolades, href=/profile//> Mayo href=/profile//> (Ohio), href=/profile//> Oden href=/profile//> (Indiana) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Scheyer href=/profile//> (Illinois) href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> tabbed href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> respective href=/profile//> state's href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> Gatorade href=/profile//> Player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Year. href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Today href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> Oden href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> All-USA href=/profile//> High href=/profile//> School href=/profile//> Boys href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ellington href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> All-USA href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> honoree. href=/profile//> Also href=/profile//> receiving href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> Arthur, href=/profile//> Cook, href=/profile//> Harris, href=/profile//> Genderson, href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Young, href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> whom href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Today's href=/profile//> Top href=/profile//> Juniors, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Walker href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> Today href=/profile//> Top href=/profile//> Sophomore.

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