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Perry sophomore Koa Peat makes USA Basketball U17 team

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 6/22/2022 Richard Obert, Arizona Republic
Mar. 2, 2022; Phoenix, AZ, USA; PerryÕs Koa Peat (10) celebrates a three pointer from teammate Kyle Waters against Hamilton during the 6A State Championship game at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen/The Republic © Patrick Breen, Patrick Breen/The Republic Mar. 2, 2022; Phoenix, AZ, USA; PerryÕs Koa Peat (10) celebrates a three pointer from teammate Kyle Waters against Hamilton during the 6A State Championship game at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen/The Republic

Gilbert Perry 6-foot-7 sophomore Koa Peat is one of three 15-year-olds who made the USA Basketball U17 team and will travel to Spain in world competition next week.

Peat is one of 12 players on the final roster. He missed last weekend's Fiesta Bowl Section 7 at State Farm Stadium in order to try out for the USA Basketball U17 team after receiving a coveted invitation.

Peat was among 34 players who began the training camp. He got through two cuts to make the final roster.

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"Extremely happy for Koa, knowing how hard he has worked," Perry coach Sam Duane Jr., said. "He is much deserving. 

"No doubts Koa will represent the USA extremely well. He is an outstanding player and teammate."

As a freshman last season, he played a vital role in Perry capturing its first state basketball championship.

In the triple overtime 6A semifinal win at Phoenix Brophy Prep, Peat secured the win with his shot blocking and clutch baskets. Without his defense, the way he protected the rim, Perry loses that game.

The other two 15-year-olds who made the final roster are Montverde Academy's 6-7 Cooper Flagg and Archbishop Stepinac's 6-3 Johnuel ‘Boogie’ Fland.

To suggest human-interest story ideas and other news, reach Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-316-8827. Follow him on Twitter @azc_obert.

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