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Jackson makes USA 17U team; host of IU prospects in action this week

A number of Indiana basketball recruiting targets are in action this week.

Some are playing in USA Basketball tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo., while others are the NBPA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va.

Indianapolis Park Tudor 2017 forward Jaren Jackson Jr. began the week by making the USA 17U World Championship team.

The 6-foot-10 versatile forward was one of 12 players named to the team after workouts. Jackson is one of six new members of the team; the other six were part of the USA’s 16U team last season.

Jackson is one of three class of 2017 players to make the team who are only 16 years old, along with Troy Brown and Kevin Knox.

The USA, the defending 17U gold medalists, play in the 17U World Championships June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain.

The training camp runs through Friday.

“We always look for guys who are versatile and can play multiple positions and I think we have that,” said USA 17U coach Don Showalter. “I like our size, and when you go play international at this level, you are going to play against bigger bodies. I also think we have a good mix of shooters and slashers.”

(SEE ALSO: USA 17U coach Don Showalter discusses why players who play multiple positions is important.)

Indianapolis Park Tudor 2017 forward Jaren Jackson Jr. made the USA Basketball 17U World Championship team.
Indianapolis Park Tudor 2017 forward Jaren Jackson Jr. made the USA Basketball 17U World Championship team.
David Dixon, Peegs.com

USA Basketball 18U

The USA Basketball 18U national team tryouts began on Tuesday.

Indiana prospects in the 18U tryouts include:

2017 forward Kris Wilkes of Indianapolis North Central

2017 center Mohamed Bamba of Westtown (Pa.)

2017 point guard Matt Coleman of Oak Hill (Va.)

2017 wing Hamidou Diallo of Putnam Science Academy (CT)

2017 forward Jordan Tucker of White Plains (NY) Archbishop Stepniac

2017 forward Brian Bowen of La Porte (IN) La Lumiere

2017 forward Michael Porter of Columbia (Mo.) Tolton Catholic

(SEE ALSO: Scouting notes, scouting video of the Indiana junior and senior All-Stars.)

NBPA Top 100

The National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp begins today.

Games start at 2 p.m. and run through Friday with semifinals and finals on Saturday.

The camp also includes approximately 20 current and former NBA players involved in skill development and seminars about being a professional basketball player.

(SEE ALSO: Spring video of five-star center Nicholas Richards)

Indiana prospects scheduled to be in the NBPA Top 100 camp include:

2018 guard Tyler Herro of Greenfield (WI) Whitnall

2018 guard Romeo Langford of New Albany (IN)

2017 forward Matur Maker of Orangeville (Canada) Prep

2017 wing Brandon Randolph of Westtown (PA)

2017 center Nicholas Richards of The Patrick School (NJ)

2017 guard Paul Scruggs of Indianapolis Southport

2017 power forward Xavier Tillman of Grand Rapids (MI) Christian

2017 point guard Isaiah Washington of St. Raymond’s (NY)

2017 point guard Tremont Waters of South Kent (CT)

2017 forward Malik Williams of Fort Wayne (IN) Snider

(SEE ALSO: Five-star center Mohamed Bamba discusses Indiana, Thomas Bryant.)