Pair of UVA ’25 targets make 12-man USA U18 National Team roster

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photos: USA Basketball

Two of Virginia’s top recruiting targets for the Class of 2025 have made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Junior National U18 Team.

Nate Ament, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the state of Virginia, and Nik Khamenia, one of the top prospects in California, were both named to the USA squad on Monday. The team started with 30 players battling for the final 12-man roster, which will compete in international competition beginning in June.

Ament is a 6-foot-8, 185-pound versatile forward from Highland School, a small private school in Warrenton, Va., and also plays for the AAU Team Loaded. He is ranked as the No. 13 overall prospect in the nation by 247 and even higher, No. 10, by both Rivals and On3.

Ament holds offers from Virginia, Indiana, Duke, Creighton, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Pitt, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Providence, Maryland and Iowa.

Khamenia is a 6-7, 195-pound forward who plays at Harvard-Westlake High in Los Angeles, the same school where McDonald’s All-American point guard Trent Perry attended. Perry considered UVA before eventually committing to UCLA.

Khamenia is ranked No. 39 nationally by On3, No. 40 by 247 and No. 50 by Rivals.

He has offers from Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, St. John’s, Gonzaga, UCLA, USC, UNLV, Cal, Stanford, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.