Jahlil OkaforTwo of the country's top rising senior high school basketball prospects will get a chance to play for one of the college game's top coaches next week in the Czech Republic.
of Whitney Young (Chicago)
and Justise Winslow
of St. John's (Houston)
earned a spot on USA Basketball's U19 team, which will compete June 24-July 6 in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague.
The American squad will be coached by Billy Donovan, a two-time national champion at Florida. Donovan has led seven Gator teams to the Sweet 16 or beyond.
The headliner of the squad is Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, the Big 12 Conference player of the year as a freshman in 2012-12. Smart bypassed an opportunity to be a top 10 pick in the NBA Draft to return to Stillwater.
In addition to Smart, Okafor and Winslow will join Class of 2013 standouts Aaron Gordon
and Nigel Williams-Goss
, as well rising college stars Michael Frazier (Florida), Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Montrezl Harrell (Louisville), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette), Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee), Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke) and Mike Tobey (Virginia).
Okafor, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound center, earned All-American honors from MaxPreps as a junior for nationally-ranked Whitney Young after posting 20.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Winslow, a 6-6, 210-pound power wing, piled up 28.6 points and 15.7 rebounds per game as a junior at St. John's.
Both players helped the United States capture gold at last summer's FIBA U17 World Championship in in Lithuania.
Donovan will be assisted by Tony Bennett of Virginia and Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth.