USA 16-U: Kearney Makes the Cut

Dylan Burkhardt

kearney-usaIt sounds like the USA Basketball 16-U tryouts are going smoothly for Detroit Southeastern guard Brandan Kearney. Kearney reportedly played very well over the weekend and it appears that his hard work is paying off. The official roster has been announced and Brandan Kearney has made the cut from 19 to 12.

Here is what Brandan had to say on the honor:

How did you feel about the overall training camp experience?
It was very exciting and very competitive. I’m going to take some of the things that I learned with me to work on when I go back home.

Did you think you played well enough to impress the committee?
Yes, but then again I think I could have showed more. I shot the ball pretty well. I led well and played pretty good defense. I showed enough to make the team, but I need to step my game up going into the (FIBA Americas U16 Championship). twitter

What do you think you bring to the team?
I think I can bring poise, defense and shooting. I bring just an overall game. twitter

What does it mean to you to represent the USA internationally?
It feels so good. It’s the greatest feeling, and I hope to do it again. Words can’t even explain how I feel right now. I never would have thought that I would be wearing a USA jersey. This just shows you where basketball can take you. twitter

Here is what ESPN had to say on Kearney’s play:

His jump shot left him after sinking quite of few of them the 1st day, but 6-4 rising junior Brandon Kearney (Detroit, Mich./ Southeastern) is an intriguing wing-type for the next level. He has a wiry frame, solid bounce, and he made a number of nice passes.

You can see Kearney (#19) in action during last night’s scrimmage here (WMV download) and there are also plenty of other videos on the USA Basketball website. You can also check out Kearney’s USA basketball profile here.

  • Kenny

    This is a welcome reassuring of Kearney’s ability when his stock seemed to slip a bit recently against other in-state prospects.

  • Benjamin

    I agree with Kenny. He was hyped going into last season. Naturally, it would be difficult living up to that hype when you are only 16. So, his stock began to slip a bit (it seemed). But, this is very reassuring.

    I am very excited about Kearney’s future. The next step is that offer…June 15th can’t get here fast enough.


  • He already has an offer, June 15 is a moot point. That’s just the date that coaches can start calling 2011 kids.