After much speculation and a (possibly) false list already released, the real invite list for the USA U19 tryout has been released according to Gary Parrish:
SOURCES: The following players have been invited to tryout for the USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team coached by John Calipari: pic.twitter.com/n6BAOM4fhE— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 8, 2017
John Calipari has invited three current Kentucky players, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox, and Hamidou Diallo. I was a little surprised that Quade Green isn’t on the list, but Knox, Diallo, and Washington all have the potential to be the best players on Cal’s team next season. The extra time with them in a practice and/or game setting will be quite valuable if they do indeed accept the invite.
Also on the invite list are some big name recruits for the 2018 class, including major targets such as Immanuel Quickley, Romeo Langford, and Bol Bol. Shaka Smart coaching Mohammed Bamba in a similar setting led Bamba to commit to Texas over UK and Duke.
Also of interest here, Cal invited Marques Bolden, a player that Cal desperately wanted but was later spurned for Duke. Bolden had a very forgettable season at Duke despite being one of the top ranked centers in 2016.
This is just an invite list but all 28 players have accepted the invitation to the tryouts from June 18-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The parents of Kevin Knox and PJ Washington have expressed concerns over sending their sons to Cairo, Egypt to play in a volatile part of the globe in early July.
From the man himself:
I wanted to take a moment to reiterate how excited I am to be a part of @usabasketball. I'm excited about the opportunity on a lot of fronts— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 8, 2017
To be able to coach a team that represents the United States is a true blessing.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 8, 2017