St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball player VJ King has been selected to play for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team.
The team is practicing and preparing for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which will take place in Maldonado, Uruguay from June 11-15.
King trained last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. with a group of 30 high school players originally. There was a cut to 16 players and then USA Basketball trimmed the roster to 12.
King was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. Athletes must be 16-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997) and a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this team.
The U.S. is the two-time defending gold medalist at the biennial event that was launched in 2009, and owns a 10-0 all-time record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, with the top four finishing nations from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship advancing to the 2014 U17 Worlds.
Qualified to compete in the 2013 U16 Championship are host country Uruguay, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bahamas, Argentina, Chile and the United States.
King competed this past season as a freshman at St. V-M. The Fighting Irish were the Division II state runner-up to Columbus Bishop Watterson.