USA Basketball released its list of invitees to its U18 National Team training camp on Monday, and the Big 12 is well represented. Three Big 12 signees will compete for roster spots at the United States Olympic Training Center from May 31-June 2: Kansas’ Quentin Grimes, Texas’ Kamaka Hepa and Iowa State’s Talen Horton-Tucker.
The camp features 32 players battling to make the USA roster for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The tournament will take place from June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Ont., Canada. The top four teams in the FIBA Americas tournament will move on to the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
And Grimes, Hepa and Horton-Tucker won’t be the only Big 12 names in camp. The head coach of the U18 national team is Kansas’ Bill Self, who looks to lead the USA to a fifth straight FIBA Americas U18 title.
Grimes, a 5-star guard from The Woodlands, Tex., is the only player with previous Team USA experience, having played for the USA Junior National Select Team at the 2018 Nike Hoops Summit. Hepa and Horton-Tucker will participate in their first Team USA camp.
247Sports composite ranks Grimes as the No. 8 player in the 2018 signing class. Hepa, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland, Ore., signed with Texas in November and is ranked the No. 54 player overall. Horton-Tucker, a 6-foot-5 wing from Chicago, rounds out the group as the composite’s No. 53 player.
Other players in the camp, which is comprised of players from the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020, could also find their way to Big 12 schools. 2019 center Will Baker is considered a top Texas target, while forward Matthew Hurt has been recruited heavily by Kansas. Forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a Kansas native, is also considered a likely Kansas commit.