Although it's the offseason, Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart will be the head coach of the 2016 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Shaka Smart and will a chance to coach a host of top prospects, as the USA Men's U18 training camp roster was released on Wednesday.
This roster, as listed below, included Longhorns commit James Banks, heavy Longhorn-lean Jarrett Allen, and a slew of targets with recruitments headlined by Texas, including Oak Hill Academy's Matt Coleman, Windermere Prep's David Nickelberry and Findlay Prep's P.J. Washington, so it's possible Smart will be coaching five potential Longhorns. And that time spent working with Smart could prove invaluable to recruiting efforts moving forward, especially with Allen if he doesn't make a decision by that time.
If there were ever an opportunity to impress some of the nation's elite talents presented on a silver platter, it's the one Smart has at hand as the head coach.
- Jarrett Allen: 5-star PF - Uncommitted, 2016
- Mohamed Bamba: 5-star PF - Uncommitted, 2017
- James Banks: 4-star C - Texas, 2016
- Brian Bowen II: 5-star SF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Matt Coleman: 4-star PG - Uncommitted, 2017
- Javin DeLaurier: 4-star PF - Duke, 2016
- Hamidou Diallo: 5-star SG - Uncommitted, 2017
- Jalek Felton: 4-star CG - North Carolina, 2017
- Terrence Ferguson: 5-star SG - Arizona, 2016
- Markelle Fultz: 5-star SG - Washington, 2017
- Quade Green: 4-star PG - Uncommitted, 2017
- D.J. Harvey: 5-star SG - Uncommitted, 2017
- Kevin Huerter: 4-star SG - Maryland, 2016
- Brandon McCoy: 5-star PF - Uncommitted, 2017
- David Nickelberry: 4-star SF - Uncommitted, 2017
- John Petty: 5-star SF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Shamorie Ponds: 4-star CG - St. John's, 2016
- Michael Porter Jr.: 5-star SF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Mitchell Robinson: 4-star C - Uncommitted, 2017
- Jeremiah Tilmon II: 5-star PF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Lonnie Walker: 5-star SG - Uncommitted, 2017
- M.J. Walker: 5-star SG - Uncommitted, 2017
- P.J. Washington: 5-star PF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Kris Wilkes: 5-star SF - Uncommitted, 2017
- Cassius Winston: 4-star PG - Michigan State, 2016
- Trae Young: 5-star PG - Uncommitted, 2017
The training camp roster currently includes 26 players from around the nation -- seven members of the 2016 class and 19 members of the 2017 class -- but that list will be trimmed by more than half, as Smart is now tasked with evaluating and determining who will make the final 12-man roster.
Training camp with be held In Colorado Springs, Colo. from June 14-18 and in Houston from July 11-15. The final roster will be announced soon after.