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The USA Basketball Under 19 team has made their final cut and UNLV Freshman Brandon McCoy was one of 12 players to make the team.

McCoy, along with 26 other freshman, were in Colorado Springs for one week trying to secure a spot on the roster. The team will play in the FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup that will be held in Cairo, Egypt later this year.

McCoy was recruited by UNLV from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California where he averaged 29 points and 13 rebounds per game. He is rated No. 15 in the class of 2017 by ESPN.

McCoy is a 7-foot center and his best asset as a player is his ability to protect the paint down low. He is also known for his rebounding ability.

Due to his USA Basketball selection, McCoy will be unable to practice with UNLV for the duration of the FIBA tournament.

UNLV Coach Marvin Menzies spoke on the matter via University release.

“It is exciting to have one of our young Rebels representing us in the World Championships. We will be watching and pulling for USA to win it all.”

Team USA is stacked with a lot of freshman talent and University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be the coach for the team. This provides McCoy the unique opportunity to learn from one of the best college coaches and compete with some of the greatest talent in the country.

The competition during the FIBA World Cup is intense.  It is suspected that McCoy will come back to UNLV a better player.

The tournament begins July 1st and run through the 9th. Their first three matchups will be against Iran, Angola and Italy.

Team USA has won gold the last two FIBA World Cups.