Guyer point guard De'Vion Harmon was on pins and needles as he anxiously waited to learn if he would represent his country on the hardwood. As it turned out, he didn't have to wait too long.
Harmon's name was the first of 12 called out Monday night as USA Basketball officials announced the roster for its 2017 U16 national team. The team is expected to leave Saturday to compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.
"I couldn't even say anything," Harmon said about hearing his name called first. "This is a blessing to be able to play the game that I love and to be playing with such great players. We are going to represent our country together."
Harmon is ranked as the No. 10 point guard in the country in the class of 2019 in 247Sports' composite rankings after putting up 18.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He averaged 1.6 steals per game and led the Wildcats in every major statistical category except rebounds before being named co-MVP of District 6-6A.
He was one of 32 players selected to attend a camp that began last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That field was cut to 16 players Sunday. The final roster wasn't announced until late Monday.
According to the announcement, the team will practice twice a day through Friday before leaving for Argentina. The top four finishing teams not including Argentina will qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for Men. Argentina will host the U17 World Cup and therefore earned an automatic berth.
USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all four editions of the biennial event. The U.S. is 20-0 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.
"I'm just going to experience this as much as I can," Harmon said. "I've had the chance to play with great competition -- they are all fast, strong and big. They are all great players, which helps you find out what type of player you are and what type of player you need to be.
"I'm learning as much as I can. That's what this is all about."
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.