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Jahii Carson close to making Team USA

Posted by on June 20, 2011 – 9:52 am

Jahii Carson (Tribune file)Mesa High point guard Jahii Carson is the only high schooler left among 13 players competing for 12 spots on the USA Men’s U19 World Championship team.

Twenty-one players were invited to the three-day tryout and Carson is among the players still on the team. Other notable names on the team include Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb, Stanford’s Anthony Brown, Michigan’s Tim Hardaway, Jr., Memphis’ Joe Jackson, former five-star recruit Tony Mitchell of North Texas and Florida’s Patric Young. California’s Allen Crabbe was one of the players cut.

The official 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for Latvia on Friday.

The U19 team will look to defend its gold medal from June 30-July 10 at the FIBA u19 World Championships.

Carson was the Tribune’s Player of the Year this season, averaging 32.2 points to lead the Jackrabbits to the 5A Division I semifinals. He will play for Arizona State next season.

George Mason’s Paul Hewitt is running the team, with Randy Bennett (Saint Mary’s) and Cliff Warren (Jacksonville) assisting him.

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