1. The U-18 national team will begin its whittling down process Tuesday in Colorado Springs under the direction of Florida’s Billy Donovan, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and VCU’s Shaka Smart. This is always a team filled with future stars. There are a handful of players out of the 23 that should make a major impact next season after competing in Brazil this month. NC State-bound Rodney Purvis was the most coveted on this roster, according to ESPN.com’s recruiting analyst Dave Telep. Wisconsin-bound Sam Dekker could be Bo Ryan’s top recruit, according to Telep. This will be a critical month for Providence-bound Kris Dunn, who must be a significant presence for the Friars in the fall.
2. Montrezl Harrell is also on the training camp roster, fresh off deciding to go to Louisville after he got out of his national letter of intent to Virginia Tech. The 6-8 forward is expected to be a huge hit for the Cardinals on the backboard. His offense is still considered to be raw, but he wouldn’t need to be a scorer for the Cardinals. If he can fill a necessary rebounding and defending void for the Cardinals, then a team considered to be potential Big East champ and Final Four contender has improved even more with this early June addition.
3. Kentucky coach John Calipari has begun his Dominican national team training camp in Lexington at the Joe Craft Center. The team will then play exhibition games in Cincinnati before going to Puerto Rico on June 15 for the FIBA CentroBasket tournament. Calipari, according to Kentucky, will stay behind, but will rejoin the team in Venezuela for the 2012 FIBA World Qualifying tournament July 2-8.