The 2016 USA Olympic Men's Basketball Roster If They Go U-23

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

The 2016 USA Olympic Men's Basketball Roster If They Go U-23

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    Just when we were getting used to the best of the best NBA players coming together every four years to represent the USA, David Stern is working towards London being the last Olympics for the league's most established players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Wojanarowski reported that Stern apparently wants an under-23 team to play in the Olympics with the NBA's biggest stars playing in a separate world championship:

    Stern says the NBA will take time to deliberate how it will proceed in the future, but multiple league and international sources insist there’s little chance the league will ever send its best players to the Summer Olympics beyond the 2012 London Games. The NBA has long wanted to best protect its financial investments in players by better controlling the medical and training staffs used in international competition.

    If this idea becomes a reality, who would make up this U-23 team? The quick answer is that it would predominantly be composed of this year's college freshmen and the high school Classes of 2013 and 2014.

    Here's a quick look at who might make up this young, 12-player roster for the USA's 2016 Summer Olympic men's basketball team.

Emmanuel Mudiay

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    Grace Prep

    Arlington, TX

    Class of 2014

    6'4" 190 lbs

     

    Emmanuel Mudiay is the prototype combo guard.

    If you need him to score, he slashes and can either get to the rim or pull up with a tasty mid-range game. If playmaking is what you need, he has the handles and passing ability to set up his teammates.

    Mudiay optimizes his length to get it done.

Noah Vonleh

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    New Hampton School

    Haverhill, MA

    Class of 2014

    6'8" 220 lbs

     

    Noah Vonleh equals Man-child.

    Going into his junior year in high school, he already has the body of a big time PF and the game to match.

    Vonleh is versatile and has an assortment of weapons he uses to punish opponents on both ends of the court.

Trey Lyles

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    Arsenal Technical H.S.

    Indianapolis, IN

    Class of 2014

    6'8" 210 lbs

     

    To give you an idea of how good Trey Lyles is: He committed to go to Indiana early in his freshman year.

    Though Lyles has the size of a PF, he has all the ability to play on the perimeter.

    Since he already draws comparisons with Tim Duncan's offensive skill set (with better range), it speaks to the fact that Lyles does a ton of things so right at a very young age.

Jahlil Okafor

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    Whitney Young High School

    Chicago, IL

    Class of 2014

    6'10" 280 lbs

     

    Talk about having the whole package. Size, length, mobility, skills...

    For a player who is just entering his junior year in high school, Jahlil Okafor's upside is nearly unlimited.

    Even though he does most of his work down low, he has a surprisingly nice touch from mid-range and from the line.

Andrew Harrison

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    Travis High School

    Richmond, TX

    Class of 2013

    6'5" 210 lbs

     

    Yep! Just one of the Harrison twins is all that is on this list. Is doing that some kind of blasphemy? I hope not.

    At his size, Harrison is a legit PG who is an excellent floor general, but has the skills to slide over and play the SG too.

    He brings a high basketball IQ and tons of maturity to the court.

Kasey Hill

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    Monteverde Academy

    Eustis, FL

    Class of 2013

    6'0" 170 lbs

     

    Kasey Hill is a punishing penetrator who blows by just about any opponent with his tight handles and lightning fast quickness.

    Think Chris Paul and you are right there.

    Already committed to Florida, ESPN.com's Dave Telep has called Hill "the best point guard Billy Donovan has ever recruited."

Julius Randle

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    Prestonwood Christian Academy

    Dallas, TX

    Class of 2013

    6'9" 225 lbs

     

    Julius Randle can do just about whatever he wants to on the court.

    He has no problem setting up on the block and going to work. Or he can step outside and face up and do damage on the perimeter.

    Rarely do you see a player of his size play with the kind of motor that he does on a consistent basis. Wow!

Jabari Parker

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    Simeon Career Academy

    Chicago, IL

    Class of 2013

    6'8" 220 lbs

     

    Jabari Parker has already been heralded as "the best high school player since LeBron James."

    And, while that sets the bar awfully high, Parker may just be that good.

    He was named the 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year, becoming just the fourth junior to earn national honors.

    Parker's amazing skill set allows him to play virtually anywhere on the court.

Kyle Anderson

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    UCLA/St. Anthony High School

    Fairview, NJ

    6'7" 210 lbs

     

    Kyle Anderson's game is multi-dimensional to say the least.

    He is a matchup nightmare wherever you put him on the court.

    If Ben Howland doesn't just go ahead and start him at the point, Anderson will function as a point forward to facilitate most of the action for the Bruins from the wing.

Kaleb Tarczewski

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    Arizona/St. Marks School

    Claremont, NH

    7'0" 240 lb

     

    If you are thinking that because of Kaleb Tarczewski's size, he must be a plodding center, think again.

    Tarczewski runs the court well and is mobile enough to move throughout the lane to create opportunities for himself or pick-and-roll setups for his teammates.

    He is a banger who tirelessly works the glass at both ends of the court.

Nerlens Noel

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    Kentucky/The Tilton School

    Everett, MA

    6'10" 215 lb

     

    If you want the rim protected, Nerlens Noel is your man.

    He is a game-changer and defender extraordinaire.

    Noel uses his elite-level athleticism and uncanny shot-blocking sixth sense to disrupt so many possessions.

Shabazz Muhammad

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    UCLA/Bishop Gorman H.S.

    Las Vegas NV

    6'5" 215 lb

     

    Shabazz Muhammad is a scorer's scorer. Give him the ball and mark it in The Book.

    Even coming out of high school, Muhammad has an NBA-ready body and the skills to match.

    Watching him operate in the open court is a hoops-junkie's dream.