2013 USA Basketball Menís U16 National Team To Begin Play June 11
-- FIBA Americas Offering Free Online Streaming To All Tournament Action --
Maldonado, Uruguay ē June 10, 2013
After landing in Uruguay on June 8, the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team is set to tip-off preliminary round play in Maldonado, Uruguay, at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship on June 11 against Mexico (4 p.m. EDT), followed by South American rival Argentina on June 12 (6 p.m. EDT) and the U.S. will cap the preliminary round with a June 13 contest against Bahamas (2 p.m. EDT). Fans will be able to watch live all of the USA’s games as FIBA Americas will stream online all 20 tournament games via www.fibaamericas.com.
Additionally, FIBA Americas recently announced the launching of an app for iPhone and iPad that features the latest information, including news, videos, statistics and live broadcasts of all the competitions in the Americas zone. The app will soon be available for Android devices. The application, which has all its content in Spanish and English, is available to download for free in http://appstore.com/fibamericas.
Competing in FIBA Americas U16 Championship Group B are Canada, Chile, Puerto Rico and host Uruguay. Teams will be seeded following the completion of the preliminary round play and semifinals are scheduled for June 14, with the finals played on June 15.
“We’re coming along; we’re about where we want to be at this time,” said USA Basketball veteran head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa). “Our defense is coming together. We’re pretty intense at times. The communication has really improved between our team members. We’re looking forward to playing a game. The scrimmage last night was good for us, just to get some things worked out. I really like the way we play together defensively and I think as we progress through the tournament, our defense should keep getting better. People are going to have a tough time scoring on us.
“FIBA Americas streaming the tournament is tremendous. I think it’s the first time they’ve done that for the U16s. It’s great for our family and fans to be able to see the games live from home, and the time difference isn’t that bad either. So, everybody can watch it at home and it’s fun for our kids to know that their families will be watching them play the games.”
Competing for the U.S. at the U16 tournament are: Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney H.S. / Rochester, N.Y.); Terrance Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy / Flower Mound, Texas); Daniel Giddens (Wheeler H.S. / Mableton, Ga.); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep / Southfield, Mich.); V.J. King(St. Vincent - St. Mary H.S. / Akron, Ohio); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S. / Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S. / Oakland, Calif.); Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S. / Milwaukee, Wis.); Jayson TatumChaminade College Prep / St. Louis, Mo.) and Seventh Woods (Hammond School / Columbia, S.C.).
Two-time defending gold medalist at the biennial event that was launched in 2009, the U.S. owns an unblemished 10-0 all-time record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. The top four finishing nations from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship advance to the 2014 U17 Worlds.
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USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); women’s FIBA U19 World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.