Three local basketball standouts will be staying near home next weekend to compete against some of the world's best competition at the 2013 Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.
Phil Booth of Mount St. Joseph (Md.), Dwayne Morgan of St. Frances, and Maryland commit Dion Wiley of Potomac (Md.) will all be part of Team USA East during the four-day tournament. The East is one of four teams from the United States in the tournament.
The competition, which takes place July 17-21 at Trinity College, features four region-specific teams from the U.S. and four international squads.
U.S. teams will be grouped into teams from the West, Midwest, South, and aforementioned East, along with one each from Canada, Brazil, France, and Pan Africa.
Booth, Morgan, and Wiley will be part of a loaded East squad that also includes Syracuse commit Chris McCullough of New York City, undeclared 2014 guard Ja'Quan Newton of Philadelphia, and highly touted 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe of New Jersey.
Wiley committed to Maryland in June after visiting College Park and gives coach Mark Turgeon an elite, scoring-oriented shooting guard with the ability to stretch the defense toward the perimeter.
He comes from the famed Team Takeover (D.C.) AAU program, which has churned out some of the areas best talent and marks a major recruiting victory for Maryland's staff.
Morgan, an athletic wing player from Baltimore, had both Maryland and Georgetown among his final group of possible suitors but ultimately committed to coach Dave Rice at UNLV.
It became the second high school class in three years where a prominent Baltimore player committed to UNLV. Guard Daquan Cook played his freshman season with the Rebels in 2012-13.
Connecticut transfer Roscoe Smith, another Baltimore native, will suit up for the Rebels in 2013-14 after sitting out an NCAA-mandated transfer season.
Booth is the only uncommitted player in the group of local prospects who will compete for the East at the Nike Global Challenge.
Maryland was once a major player in his recruitment, but the commitments of 2013 guard Roddy Peters and 2014 guards Romelo Trimble and Wiley, he will likely find a different future home.
A few other Maryland recruiting targets will be competing in the tournament, including seven-footer Trayvon Reed (South) and Terry Larrier (East).
For Georgetown, targets who will be competing include Ja'Quan Newton (East) and Kelly Oubre (West).
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