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USA Basketball announced the 36-player field invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center next month to compete for spots on the U17 World Championships Team.

* Selected but did not compete due to injury

The trials will include 10 players who competed for the USA U16 National Team, which won gold in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. The U17 team will compete at the FIBA U17 World Championship July 16-25 in Rodez and Toulouse, France.

The trials will take place June 8-11 and selections for the U17 team will be made in addition to selections for the new Youth Olympic Games. The new games will take place in Singapore Aug. 14-26 and will feature 20 team which will compete in 3-on-3 basketball. In total, there are 16 roster spots up for grabs in Colorado Springs next month.

Of the invitees, 13 are new faces to USA Basketball while 13 were invited a year ago but were not selected to the U16 team.

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