Wesley Yates of Beaumont United invited to US Junior Basketball Team Minicamp

Beaumont United senior point guard Wesley Yates III has been selected to train with the nation’s top youth basketball players next month.

Yates was chosen Wednesday as a participant in the US Junior National Basketball Team Minicamp, which will take place Oct. 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Beaumont native, 6’1″ and 100 pounds, will train with 61 other high school players at camp. Yates was among 22 seniors selected.

“USA Basketball is excited about the elite group of players that will be part of the Junior National Team minicamp,” said Sean Ford, chairman of the committee and director of the USA Basketball Men’s Team. “It is a pleasure to return several gold medalists and training camp members from this summer’s competitions, as well as welcoming a group of young and talented players to the program.”

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Players and coaches were selected by the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team Development Committee.

In addition to on-court drills and scrimmages, Junior National Team members and their parents will participate in a series of educational programs presented by the USA Basketball, NCAA and NBA Player Development Program. The curriculum is focused on NCAA eligibility, mental health issues, and life skills development.

Yates is no stranger to the US basketball program. He has participated in several national team camps, including the under-16 event last summer.

Returning to United this season as a two-time state champion, Yates is currently ranked the 38th best player on ESPN’s Top 100 for the Class of 2023. In August, Yates announced that he had reduced his list of colleges to nine schools: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor. , Gonzaga, Houston, LSU, Stanford, Texas and Washington.

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Yates made an official visit to Texas over the weekend, posting a photo with former Longhorn and current NBA star Kevin Durant.

As a junior last season, Yates was the Timberwolves’ top scorer, averaging over 20 points per game.

MFaye@BeaumontEnterprise.com

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