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5-star rookies aim for U.S. national team spots

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Two five-star basketball recruiting targets from Syracuse are among those invited to an upcoming training camp in Colorado where they will compete for a spot on the 2022 USA Basketball U17 National Team, according to an announcement.

These two Orange recruits are 2023 five-star point guard DJ Wagner of New Jersey and 2024 four-star point guard Ian Jackson of New York.

According to USA Basketball’s press release, 35 players have been invited to attend the U17 national team training camp from June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

These 35 guests will compete for one of the 12 spots on the U17 national team that will compete at the FIBA ​​U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 in Malaga, Spain from July 2-10.

Syracuse basketball rookies are vying for spots on a U.S. national team.

The 6-foot-6 Jackson, according to USA Basketball, was on the U.S. national squad roster that won the 2021 FIBA ​​Americas U16 Championship.

The 6-foot-3 Wagner has previously attended Junior National Team minicamps, according to the press release.

The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered Jackson a scholarship in April. He is ranked #2 nationally in his class by several recruiting services.

Jackson has said in at least two recent interviews that Syracuse basketball was among the college teams heavily involved in his recruiting, at least for now.

He stands out at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, NY, and on the AAU circuit, Jackson races with the Bronx, NY-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas league.

For his stellar play during the 2021-22 campaign for one of Cardinal Hayes’ top 10 teams, Jackson was named the national runner-up of the year by MaxPreps.

Wagner, meanwhile, is ranked the top overall prospect of the 2023 cycle by multiple recruiting websites. He received an offer from Orange last August during the team’s annual elite camp.

A star for Camden High School in Camden, NJ, as well as New Jersey Scholars Elite Basketball Club in Nike’s EYBL league, Wagner’s other deals include Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Villanova and Temple.

Throughout its recruiting, Kentucky has garnered a lot of interest from Wagner analysts, but more recently Louisville has emerged as a possible frontrunner in its recruiting process.

Another five-star basketball recruit from Syracuse, big man Derik Queen of Baltimore, was competing for a spot on the USA Basketball U18 National Team roster.

The 6ft 9in queen, a power forward/central, was one of 13 finalists but didn’t make the cut for the final 12-man list.

The USA Basketball U18 National Team will compete in the FIBA ​​U18 Americas Championship 2022 from June 6-12 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Brought to you by Orange last October, Queen attends Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., and plays grassroots basketball for Baltimore-based team, Team Thrill, in the Under Armor Association (“UAA”) league.