TCU guard Mike Miles made the first cut for the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup team, which will represent the US later this summer in Latvia.
Miles was among 17 players selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee on Monday. But, his boss, head coach Jamie Dixon, is also the head coach for Team USA. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton Jr. has served as a floor coach during practices in Fort Worth.
Miles was an All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection who averaged 13.6 points per game. He’s one of the few starters returning to TCU next season, as the program has been decimated by transfers.
The other Big 12 player to make the cut was Kendall Brown, a significant piece of the Baylor Bears’ incoming 2021 recruiting class. Brown played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, and has not donned a Bears jersey just yet.
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Two other Big 12 players did not make the cut — Texas Longhorns guard Devin Askew and Baylor Bears forward Langston Love.
Other finalists include: Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Hamilton H.S./Sussex, Wis.); Kennedy Chandler (Sunrise Christian Academy/Memphis, Tenn.); Jonathan Davis (Wisconsin/La Crosse, Wis.); Caleb Furst (Blackhawk Christian School/Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jordan Hall (Texas A&M/Wildwood, N.J.); Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Harrison Ingram (St. Mark’s School/Dallas, Texas); Jaden Ivey (Purdue /South Bend, Ind.); Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton/St. Louis, Mo.); Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech/Port Arthur, Texas); Adam Miller (Louisiana State/Chicago, Ill.); Trey Patterson (Villanova /Somerset, N.J.); .); Deivon Smith (Georgia Tech/Loganville, Ga.); Jabari Walker (Colorado/Inglewood, Calif.) and Peyton Watson (Long Beach Poly Tech H.S./Long Beach, Calif).
The finalists will continue training twice a day in Fort Worth and the final 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be announced prior to the team’s June 28 departure for Latvia, with the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup taking playing from July 3-11.
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