Friday, April 25, 2014 1:02 AM
Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
A pair of DeMatha graduates were part of the USA Basketball Men’s U19 squad that captured the gold medal this month in the FIBA World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
James Robinson and Jerami Grant, who both graduated from the Hyattsville private school in 2012, were members of the team that defeated Serbia on July 7, 82-68.
Grant, a rising sophomore forward at Syracuse, was sidelined with mononucleosis and didn’t play in the tournament. But, the Bowie native traveled with the team and earned a gold medal.
“It definitely means a lot even though I couldn’t play,” he said. “It just means a lot for everybody to come out and play as hard as they could and win this gold medal for our country.”
Grant was replaced on the Team USA roster by his good friend and former high school and AAU teammate, Robinson.
“We really bonded as a team,” said Robinson, a rising sophomore guard at Pitt. “We bought into what the coaches were selling, and we really had a good time and were fortunate enough to win the gold medal.”
De’Janae Boykin, a Prince George’s County native who played at C.H. Flowers last season, helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in June in the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
“It was a great feeling,” said Boykin, who added that there were “great people on my team. It was just an amazing accomplishment.”
Boykin finished with three points and eight rebounds in Team USA’s gold-medal-clinching 82-48 victory over Canada.
The rising junior has a busy July with tournaments in Washington, D.C.; Tennessee and South Carolina.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Boykin said earlier this month. “I can’t wait to get to Tennessee.”