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Posted On: 09/4/18 8:38 AM
Michigan continues to prove that it has elite prep basketball talent. Recently, two players from the state received invitations to the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp. Rocket Watts (2019, CG, Old Redford) and Ty Rodgers (2022, 6’5”, Grand Blanc) Are considered elite players on a national scale. Both received invites to the minicamp.
Ty Rodgers is one of the top 10 freshman in the country. He has a game that is mature beyond his years. Rodgers doesn’t just rely on his talent alone. He is a gym rat who is willing to grind harder than his competition. Rodgers is a smooth ball handler and an elite finisher.
Rocket Watts is one of the perennial favorites for Mr. Basketball next high school season. He is a bucket getter and one of the top scorers in the country. Watts is a solid ball handler and leader. He’s a versatile guard who can play on or off the ball. Watts has no limits on his range and can score from anywhere on the court.
The USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp will take place October 4-7 in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center. USA Basketball is a nonprofit that is considered the governing body for basketball in the United States. There will be about 20 players from all four high school classes at the minicamp. This will be the first of 6 camps and events in 2018 and 2019.
The USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamps are used as a way to create a path to follow for extremely talented high school basketball players. The event will be led by Don Showalter, who is in his 10th year of running the minicamps. Showalter has led the USA U16 and U17 teams to a 62-0 record and 10 Gold Medals since 2009. Ed Lacerte (trainer for the 1992 Dream Team) will lead the athletes through a health and wellness program. There will also be a focus on life skills and parent education.