Posted On: 05/24/19 4:46 PM

Thirty of the nation's top Class of 2021 and 2022 prospects are competing to lock down one of 12 spots on the 2019 USA Basketball 16-and-under national team this week at University School in Davie, Fla.

I take a look at the top performers from the first three practices on Days 1 & 2. The final two practices are being held Friday, with the team scheduled to be selected Saturday May 25.

The 12 athletes will then make up the U.S. squad that competes in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships, which take place June 3-9 in Belém, Brazil.

Early MVP: Jalen Duren (2022), Roman Catholic HS in Pennsylvania

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Duren (pictured) has been absolutely dominant in the paint. He's a powerfully-built athletic big, who finishes at the rim. He's one guy you would not want to take a charge from. Duren is also special defensively -- big-time rim protector. Has grown from 6-7 to 6-10 in the past year. Asked what factors he will be looking at in selecting a college, Duren said: "A coach who is going to help me develop. A coach who is going to push me and get me where I want to go."

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