Rodney Purvis, who signed with the Wolfpack in November, was selected as a 2012 McDonald's All-American with fellow NC State signees Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren. He scored 15 points and handed out three assists in the annual McDonald's game in Chicago this past March. Recently, Purvis garnered co-MVP honors of the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, sharing the honor with Shazbazz Muhammad, by scoring 22 points with three steals and two boards in the contest.
Purvis will be one of five reigning Gatorade State Players of the Year participating in the training camp along with Sam Dekker (Wis.), Kris Dunn (Conn.), Gary Harris (Ind.) and Marcus Smart (Texas).
The 2012 USA U18 National Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, including Billy Donovan (University of Florida) as head coach, with Mark Few (Gonzaga University) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth University) as assistant coaches.
"It will be important to learn to play together as a team in a short amount of time," Donovan said. "We need to demonstrate great focus and teamwork and bring a high level of energy and effort every day in order to have success both in training camp and throughout the competition."
Following the first three or four days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., finalists for the team will be selected by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee and will continue to train at the USOTC.
"We have a very talented group of young players that will have a great chance of bringing home a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship," said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach and chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee. "As is the case each year, our USA Team will be up against the best players in their age group in the world. They will face great competition from the other participating countries."
The official, 12-member 2012 USA Men's U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team's departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
The players represent 15 states, including five from Texas; three from Maryland; two from California, Georgia and North Carolina; along with one player each from Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Eight teams will compete in the 2012 U18 zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summer's 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
In addition to chair Boeheim, the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), Bruce Weber (Kansas State University) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina), as well as athlete representative Jay Williams (2002 USA World Championship Team).