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Gorman senior replaces UNLV freshman on Team USA U18 squad

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Bishop Gorman’s Chase Jeter spins to the basket against Centennial during their game Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Bishop Gorman won the game 73-50.

Team USA’s Under-18 squad will feature two Bishop Gorman teammates after all.

Chase Jeter, who was one of the 15 players remaining in camp before the final cut, was added to the roster Wednesday evening to replace incoming UNLV freshman Dwayne Morgan. Morgan left the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this week because of a family emergency in Baltimore.

Jeter joins fellow Gorman senior Stephen Zimmerman on the 12-man roster that begins competition in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Friday. Both players hold offers, plus several dozen letters, from UNLV, among many others.

“It was really close with Chase; he played well enough during our training camp to make the team,” national team and Florida coach Billy Donovan said in a statement. “I’m excited he’s willing to come back on such short notice. He’s a great kid and he really made a big impression on all of us.”

Jeter, the youngest player in training camp, survived the first cut but then was one of three players sent home last Saturday. He returns just as the team prepares to begin group play against Uruguay.

Eight national teams are competing over the next five days, with the top four qualifying for the 2015 FIBA Americas U19 Championship next summer.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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