Future UNC guard Coby White, and Jalen Lecque, the No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina survived the first round of cuts at the USA U18 Men’s National Team camp in Colorado Springs, Co.
Thirty-three players went through five training sessions beginning on May 30, and 18 finalists were announced Sunday morning. The roster will be trimmed down to 12 players before the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championships June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada.
White (6-5, 170) played high school basketball at Greenfield School in Wilson, and signed with the Tar Heels in November. The combo guard, who was also a McDonald’s All-American, was the top scorer in the state his senior year and broke the North Carolina prep scoring record.
Lecque (6-4, 175) is the No. 1 player in the state in the class of 2019, according to 247sports. The combo guard out of Christ School in Arden, has 41 offers, and has drawn interest from N.C. State, Duke and UNC. He is the No. 2 combo guard in the country and the No. 11 ranked player in his class.
The U18 National Team, led by Kansas head coach Bill Self, will compete in Group A and begin preliminary round play against Dominican Republic on June 10, followed by a game against Panama on June 11 and a contest against Puerto Rico on June 12.
Cole Anthony, the No. 1 player in the state of New York, and a Duke and UNC target, made the cut. Anthony is the top guard in the class of 2019. Armando Bacot (6-10, 240), also a Duke and UNC target out of Richmond, Va. also made the round of 18. Trinity Christian’s Joey Baker, of Fayetteville, who is headed to Duke this summer, didn’t make the final round of 18.