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St. Frances' Dwayne Morgan is U18 National Team finalist

Billy Donovan

Former St. Frances standout Dwayne Morgan is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National team.

Morgan, who played forward for the Panthers, was selected on Thursday after four training sessions over three days. He and the other 14 finalists will will continue training June 12 to 19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 12-member team will be selected during that period.

"I thought the group all-together was really, really great. Now that we've narrowed it down to 15 guys, we'll get a chance to practice with those guys," Billy Donovan, the USA U18 National Team and Florida coach, said in a statement. "As I've said, it's not necessarily about having the 12 best players but having the 12 best guys that will make up the best team.

"I think with these 15 players there are a lot of options to choose from."

Morgan, an All-Metro first-team selection after his senior year, averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game for St. Frances. He is signed to play at UNLV next season.

"It's very seldom you find kids that can self-motivate themselves, that just want to be the best on the floor," Bub Carrington, who coached Morgan with Nike Baltimore Elite, told The Baltimore Sun last year. "From the experience I've had with him, he's been that guy."

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will be held at the training center from June 20 to 24.

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