Future Tiger Gant named to USA Basketball U18 training camp

MUMizzou Basketball signee Jakeenan Gant was among 21 of the nation’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, USA Basketball announced on Monday.

The training camp, scheduled to be held June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC from June 20-24.

The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Uruguay. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse University Hall of Famer head coach Jim Boeheim.

Gant is coming off a spectacular senior season (2013-14) in which he was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.8 assists for the Rebels as a senior, helping Effingham County to a 20-10 overall record and an appearance in the Georgia Class 5A state playoffs.

Last season as a junior, Gant was named the Georgia Class 5A Player of the Year, averaging 17.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and nearly four blocked shots per game. Effingham County finished the 2013 season with a 27-5 record and Gant burst onto the national scene with his all-state performance.

— MU Sports Information —