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Going National
Rockdale's Ware named to USA Basketball squad

CONYERS - Rockdale basketball player and rising junior Kevin Ware was one of 21 players chosen for the inaugural USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team.

The 6-4 shooting guard, who also plays in the Atlanta Celtics AAU program, was one of the only two Georgia players to selected to the team (Lithonia's Tony Parker was the other).

Ware's high school coach, Alvin Williams, thinks the experience on the national team could be huge for his star guard.

"He's still learning the game of basketball; I think if he (also) learns the game of life, he's going to end up being a great basketball player," said Williams, who just completed his first year coaching Ware. "I think being around these kinds of players and these kinds of coaches will help him manage the game of the life and the game of basketball."

The invited athletes, hand-picked from 15 states, will train June 6-12 at U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 12-member team will be selected prior to the USA's departure for Argentina and the FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships (June 17-21). That group will represent the United States this summer as the under-16 National Team.

"I wasn't surprised (Ware was invited)," Williams said. "He's probably one of the most athletic people in the country. When you're young and athletic, most good coaches figure they can teach you the game of basketball."

"I think he's a very talented player," said USA Developmental National Team and Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) head coach Don Showalter. "I think the big thing is, he's 6-4, 6-5, in that range, and defensively he can cover a lot of different sizes for us. And we're going to have to be real strong against screen and rolls and that type of thing, and we'll need to switch and when we switch we won't be in a lot of trouble with a guy like Kevin."

Kurt Aschermann Jr. can be reached at kurt.aschermann@rockdalecitizen.com.