Marquese Chriss, who verbally committed to Washington, is one of 21 players who will participate in the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, that begins Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
He’s hoping to be selected to the 12-man team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC on June 20-24.
Chriss, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Elk Grove, Calif., is a long shot to make the team considering a dozen invitees have prior USA basketball experience.
Stanley Johnson, a 6-7 incoming Arizona freshman forward, is one of the headliners at the training camp. The invitees also include guard Tyler Dorsey, who verbally committed to the Wildcats.
— Scout.com updated its top 100 list for 2015 prospects Thursday and all three UW commits improved in the new rankings. Dejounte Murray is listed at No. 43, Chriss is 47 and David Crisp rounds out the evaluations at 100.
— For some reason Washington president Michael Young cringed when former UW star Tony Wroten Jr. decided to leave the Huskies after his freshman season and enter the NBA draft. That’s a peculiar reaction, but then his take on the Pac-12’s proposals for NCAA reform are interesting.
— Arizona forward Brandon Ashley, who is recovering from a broken foot, is hoping to be ready for full contact in August.
— California signed point guard Brandon Chauca.
— New Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle made an addition to his staff, assistant Kerry Rupp.
— added Trevor Dunbar, a 5-10 guard from San Francisco, to its four-man 2014 incoming recruiting class. The Cougars also hired strength and conditioning coach Scott Thom.
— As expected, former California assistant Travis DeCuire replaced Tinkle at Montana.
— UCLA freshman Zach LaVine can jump really, really high. Just look at that picture (below).