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D.J. Carton showed off his defense in the first of two games on Saturday in Minnesota. The Des Moines Register

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MINNETONKA, Minn. — As his recruitment has skyrocketed these past 10 months, Bettendorf's D.J. Carton has become more and more reserved in interviews. He's a great guy to talk to, and he's always willing to have in-depth conversations.

But he has to be diplomatic with a lot of what he says — can't reveal too many emotions, as practically the entire Midwest is courting him.

Not on Sunday, though. Carton was giddy while talking with the Register after concluding his weekend at the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza in Minnesota.

Why?

Because he's been invited to try out for Team USA's 18U squad.

"It's a blessing," he told the Register, beaming. "They love the way I play and say I'm one of the best point guards in the country. The chance to represent my country — it's a blessing."

Team USA coaches watched Carton perform at last weekend's live period in Dallas. They called Carton's parents after that weekend and soon invited him to try out for the team.

Carton will travel to the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 31 for the National Team Trials. Should Carton make the team, he would compete at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Kansas head coach Bill Self coaches the 18U National Team. Dayton head coach Anthony Grant and Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning are assistants.

Carton is an elite, four-star point guard on the verge of five stars. The Register ranks him the No. 1 2019 prospect in Iowa. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are pursuing him alongside Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Marquette, Minnesota and a whole bunch more.

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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