Romeo Weems is headed to a second consecutive Final Four.
The 6-foot-7 New Haven junior was named to the 24-player USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that will take part in the NCAA Next Generation at the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio this weekend.
Weems last week led the Rockets into the state high school final four at the Breslin Center, where Grand Rapids Catholic Central handed New Haven its first loss of the season.
“I think it is a great honor for him to not only be invited this weekend as one of the top 24 players in his class to participate in events at the Final Four, but also for him to be a part of the USA Basketball program is truly special,” New Haven coach Tedaro France II said.
“He has the opportunity to compete against and play with some of the best players in the country. For him to work hard to put himself in position and then to get there, perform and stand out shows that all of the hard work, training and coaching he is getting is paying great dividends for him.”
Weems averaged 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.8 steals per game to help the Rockets to a 26-1 record. The 2017 state Class B champions won 52 consecutive games overall before taking on Grand Rapids CC.
“Romeo is a great character kid that is a pleasure to coach,” France said. “He is one of the most coachable, humble and respectful kids I have had the honor to coach.”
The NCAA Next Generation program makes its debut at the Final Four that features Michigan, Loyola (Ill.), Kansas and Villanvoa.
The Next Generation program will include seminars on college eligibility, recruiting, health and safety, according to Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO.
The prep players will attend the Final Four games Saturday and Monday, and they’ll participate in closed scrimmages against NBA Academy teams Sunday.
Weems was one of five players from the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 championship team named to the Junior National Select squad.
Others were Vern Carey Jr. (Florida), De’Vion Harmon (Texas), Wendell Moore Jr. (N.C.) and James Wiseman (Tenn.).
Mark Watts Jr. of Old Redford Academy in Detroit also was named to the team.
Weems has been part of three regional championship teams in three seasons at New Haven.
He has 1,497 career points as a Rocket, 343 shy of the school record.