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Windermere High rising senior basketball standout Sean Stewart and Montverde Academy newcomer Asa Newell are two of the three Florida high school players on the Team USA squad that will play in the World Cup 17-and-under tournament that begins Saturday in Spain.
They are joined by Karter Knox of Tampa Catholic.
A dozen players were selected to the squad following a five-day training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs earlier this month.
Stewart, a 6-8, 225-pound All-Area and All-State forward, averaged 20.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots as a Wolverines junior. The 17-year-old 5-star prospect committed to Duke at Christmas-time and has done nothing but raise his stock since then.
Newell, a 6-9 rising junior, averaged 14 points and 8.7 rebounds as a sophomore for Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee.
The U.S. is 37-0 in FIBA world 17U competitions with five gold medal performances in the five tournaments since 2010.
Orlando is the epicenter for basketball recruiting this week. The prestigious NBA Players Association Top 100 camp, where former and current NBA guys become coaches for a week, is underway through Saturday at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
The invite list includes a number of sons of NBA players, including LeBron ‘Bronny’ James Jr., Ray Allen Jr., twins Cameron and Cayden Boozer (Carlos Boozer), and Ashton Hardaway (Penny Hardaway),
Olympia High senior guard E.J. ‘Jizzle’ James, a 4-star prospect, is a hometown participant.
A number of the area’s top underclass prospects are signed up for the Nextgen60 invitation-only showcase Wednesday and Thursday at The Well Activity Center in Apopka.
That lineup includes sophomore point guard Jalen Reece of Oak Ridge, freshman Brandon Bass of Windermere Prep, and junior standouts Erik Taylor of Edgewater, Isaiah Brown of Orlando Christian Prep, Ibrahima Traore of West Oaks and Chandler Watts of Windermere Prep. Also signed up is Jordan Tillery, who started as a sophomore for Dr. Phillips’ state runner-up team last season. Tillery is departing DP to play for Oak Ridge, according to his Twitter feed.
Dr. Phillips, the 7A state champ two years ago, is undergoing a changing of the guard after three-year head coach Ben Witherspoon stepped down and landed a spot on UCF coach Johnny Dawkins’ staff.
His predecessor is Antonio Cunningham, who was Lake Nona’s head coach for the past seven seasons (2015)-22). Cunningham led the Lions to the program’s first and second district titles in 2019 and 2020.
The Nextgen60, orchestrated by Scott Golden and Brad Winton of Elite Basketball Services, is said to spotlight 60 top players in each of the 2024, 2025 and 2026 graduating classes.
Admission is open only to players, guests, scouts and media.
A showcase that can be seen by the general public, The Circuit League V Independence Day event, has tournaments for 9U through 17U, Friday through Monday at the Big House sports complex in Tavares.
Top teams in the high school age groups include Orlando-based programs Florida Rebels EYBL, TNBA South, Southeast Elite adidas (formerly CP25), and 1Family; along with Team Wall of North Carolina (sponsored by NBA guard John Wall), Pro Level Titans (New York), Drive Nation Louisiana, Dream Team and Taylored Athletes of South Florida.
Oak Ridge High coach Steve Reece, now program director for the new Florida Rebels program, is one of the tournament directors.
This report was first published at OrlandoSentinel.com. Varsity Content Editor Buddy Collings can be reached by email at bcollings@orlandosentinel.com.
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