Junior Reading High Ruben Rodriguez has been selected to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team, he said Sunday night.
Rodriguez and Puerto Rico will take part in the FIBA America Championship on June 6-12 in Tijuana, Mexico. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, the United States and Mexico will also take part in the tournament.
“It’s, frankly, a blessing,” Rodriguez said. “It’s crazy to think about creating a team. They called my dad (Ruben Sr.) and he came into the room and told me. ”
In recent weeks, he has received scholarship offers from Drexel, Jacksonville and Mount St. Mary.
Earlier this month, Rodriguez 6-1 was named the first team of Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 6A All-State for the second season in a row.
He has joined the shortlist of Berks players who have twice been selected to the first team, including Lonnie Walker IV and Stu Jackson of Reading High, Stevie Mitchell of Wilson, Donavan Jack of Central Catholic and Berks Catholic and Ron Creek of West Reading.
Rodriguez led Reading High (26-4) to his first Berks title in three years and to his second consecutive 3 6A championship, the first time the Red Knights have won the district’s crown since 1976-77.
He averaged 19.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals. He scored a school-record 50 points in less than three-quarters in a 111-43 victory over Daniel Boone in January.
He scored 1,000 points in his high school career, which began in Müllenberg, and in two seasons in the Red Knights. In total he has 1291, including 1003 in Reading.
And now he is part of the national team.
“I’m very excited to see everyone play basketball,” he said. “I look forward to learning about different cultures. It will help me in every way. ”