2014 FIBA U17 World Championship Competition Capsules
|2013 U16 Zone Championship Statistics
||Angola (FIBA Africa U16 Championship gold medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 27.
- 2014 marks Angola’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- Angola fell 82-53 to Egypt in the Afrobasket U16 preliminary round, but rebounded from its lone loss of the tournament to fell Egypt, which had captured the previous two Afrobasket gold medals, 75-66 in the gold medal contest and finished with a 6-1 record.
- Angola finished in sixth place at the 2009 Afrobasket U16s and moved up to fourth place in 2011 before taking the title in 2013.
- Alexandre Jungo and Silvaio DeSousa led Angola in scoring and rebounding with Jungo averaging 17.9 ppg. and 10.3 rpg., while DeSousa averaged 11.0 ppg. and 10.3 rpg.
||Argentina (FIBA Americas U16 Championship silver medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 5.
- 2014 marks Argentina’s third U17 World Championship, after having finished with the silver medal at all three FIBA Americas U16 Championships.
- Argentina finished in sixth place in 2012 with a 4-4 record, moving up from ninth place in 2010 after posting a 3-4 mark.
- The only time the two teams have met in the U17s was the opening game in 2010 as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist paced the USA to an 82-70 victory with 24 points and 15 boards.
- Lucio Delfino, a 6-foot-5-inch power forward led his squad at the 2013 U16s with 12.8 ppg. and 7.2 rpg., while 5-foot-9-inch point guard Guillermo Aliende dished out a tournament second-best 5.6 apg., while adding 8.2 ppg.
- Argentina’s two losses at the 2013 U16s, in which it finished with a 3-2 mark, was to the United States, 96-72 in the prelims and 94-48 in the gold medal game.
||Australia (FIBA Oceania U16 Championship gold medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 11.
- Australia has played in both previous editions of the U17 Worlds, claiming silver in 2012 with a 7-2 record and finishing in sixth place in 2010 with a 4-4 mark.
- The USA has won all three meetings at the U17s between the two countries, including a 105-70 victory in 2010, and after opening the 2012 event with an 89-67 victory over Australia, the U.S. claimed gold against the Aussies with a 95-62 win in the final game.
- Australia earned its berth by virtue of winning the best-of-three series against New Zealand, which serves as the FIBA Oceania qualifier.
- In the three-game series, Australia’s Dejan Vasuiljevic shot 57.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point to lead his squad with 19.3 ppg., while Abiola Akintola averaged 11.3 ppg. and 6.7 rpg., and Isaac Humphries finished with 11.0 ppg. and 8.0 rpg.
||Canada (FIBA Americas U16 Championship bronze medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 6.
- Canada has qualified for all three U17s by virtue of claiming the bronze medal at the past three FIBA Americas U16 Championships.
- Canada’s best finish at the U17s was in 2010 when our neighbors to the north went 5-3 and took home the bronze medal, while its team in 2012 finished in fifth place, also with a 5-3 mark, after dropping its quarterfinal game to the U.S., 113-59.
- Both meetings between the USA and Canada saw the red, white and blue hit the century mark. In 2010 the USA won 103-80 and in the 2012 quarterfinals it was 113-59.
- Finishing with a 4-1 record at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Canada was led by 6-foot-3-inch guard Jamal Murray’s 17.4 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 2.6 apg., while the 6-foot-2-inch guard Koby McEwan averaged 11.2 ppg. and 6-foot-6-inch Justin Jackson rounded out his team’s double-digit scorers by averaging an even 10 ppg. to go with 8.2 rpg.
||China (FIBA Asia U16 Championship gold medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 13.
- China, which claimed gold at all three FIBA Asia U16 Championships, has competed in both editions of the FIBA U17 World Championship, finishing in seventh place with a 4-4 record both times.
- The USA and China have faced off twice in U17 play, with the USA claiming a 103-80 victory in 2010 and a more lopsided, 113-59, win in 2012.
- China earned its berth to the 2014 U17 Worlds after sweeping its competition at the 2013 FIBA Asia U16 Championship, posting a 9-0 record and defeating Philippines 85-78 in the gold medal game.
- China’s duo of Jinqiu Ju (20.6 ppg., 12.9 rpg.) and Yanhao Zhau (19.7 ppg.) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, for scoring at the 2013 Asia U16s, while Ju ranked third for rebounds. The duo accounted for 42.4 percent (362 points) of China’s 852 points in the tournament.
||Egypt (FIBA Africa U16 Championship silver medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 19.
- 2014 marks Egypt’s third FIBA U17 entry for the nation that finished in 11th place in 2010 with a 1-6 mark and 12th in 2012 at 0-7.
- Egypt finished second at the 2013 FIBA Africa U16s after claiming gold medals in the first two editions of the event (2009, 2011).
- Egypt advanced to the 2013 Africa U16 gold medal game with a perfect 6-0 record, but was defeated 75-66 by Angola.
- At the 2013 Africa U16s, Mohamed A. Ab Salem Abdelrahman shot a sizzling 60.4 percent (61-101 FGs) from the field and paced Egypt with 23.3 ppg. and 2.9 apg., while Muhammed Mustafa Ali Mohamed Saadeldin pitched in 11.4 ppg.
||France (FIBA Europe U16 Championship fifth place)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 9.
- 2014 marks France’s second FIBA U17 World Championship entry. The nation previously fielded a team that went 2-5 and finished in 10th place at the 2012 U17s.
- France earned its berth in the 2014 event by claiming the fifth and final spot out of Europe after earning a 59-48 victory over Croatia in the fifth-place game.
- France captured the fourth and final European U16 berth in 2011 and finished in 7th place at the 2009 European U16 Championship.
- Stéphane Gombauld, a 6-foot-6-inch power forward led France in 2013 with team-highs of 16.0 ppg., 8.8 rpg., 2.0 spg. and 1.0 bpg. and was the only Frenchman to break into double digits for scoring.
||Greece (FIBA Europe U16 Championship bronze medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 14.
- 2014 marks Greece’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- Greece earned its first FIBA U17 World Championship berth by virtue of claiming the bronze medal at the 2013 U16 European Championship. Previously Greece finished in 11th place at the 2001 U16s and 14th at the 2009 European U16s.
- Greece posted an 8-1 record in 2013, falling to Serbia 65-49 in the medal semifinal before besting Italy 78-50 in the bronze medal game.
- Georgios Papagiannis averaged team-highs of 14.3 ppg., 10.4 rpg. and 2.3 bpg. en route to earning all-tournament team honors. The 7-footer posted five double-doubles, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in the bronze medal game. Greece also was aided by 6-foot-6-inch strong forward Vasileois Charalampopoulos, who contributed 11.2 ppg. and 6.6 rpg.
||Italy (FIBA Europe U16 Championship fourth place)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 20.
- 2014 marks Italy’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- Italy finished in fourth place at the 2013 U16 European Championship to earn its 2014 U17 berth after finishing 12th at the 2009 U16s and moving up to 10th at the 2011 U16 European tournament.
- Italy finished with a 4-5 record in 2013, with a huge win coming against eventual 2013 fifth-place finishers France, 63-60, in the second round, and knocked off defending Euro champs Turkey 82-73 in the quarterfinals.
- Italy was led in 2013 by 6-foot-6-inch strong forward Andrea La Torre, who put up team-highs of 14.0 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 3.0 apg. and 2.2 spg. Also averaging in double digits was 6-foot guard Davide Moretti, who averaged 12.1 ppg., 2.7 rpg. and 1.8 apg. He also led the tournament for free throw percentage with 89.3 percent accuracy (25-28 FTs) from the line.
||Japan (FIBA Asia U16 Championship bronze medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 28.
- 2014 marks Japan’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- After finishing in fifth place at the 2009 FIBA Asia U16 Championship, Japan claimed bronze at Asia’s 2011 and 2013 U16s. Had FIBA expanded the field from 12 to 16 for the 2012 U17s, Japan would have qualified for the second FIBA U17 World Championship.
- Japan posted a 6-2 record, falling only to China and the Philippines, en route to winning bronze at the 2013 Asia U16s.
- Rui Hachimura paced three Japanese players in double-digit scoring at the 2013 U16s and averaged a double-double of 22.8 ppg. and 12.6 rpg., Hyato Maki averaged 18.5 ppg. and 5.5 rpg., Gen Hiraiwa contributed 12.0 ppg. and 8.6 rpg., while Yutaro Hayashi dished out 3.9 apg. and to go with 7.0 ppg. and 4.4. rpg.
||Philippines (FIBA Asia U16 Championship silver medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 34.
- 2014 marks the Philippines’ first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- The Philippines finished in fourth place at the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Asia U16 Championships before claiming its 2014 berth by virtue of taking home the silver medal at the 2013 Asia U16s with a 6-2 record.
- The Philippines had three players average double-digit scoring efforts en route to silver in 2013, including Jose Mendoza,16.6 ppg., Michael Nieto, 15.9 ppg. and 11.0 rpg., and Andres Desiderio, 11.0 ppg. and 6.9 rpg. Michael Nieto’s twin brother Joseph dished out 3.4 apg. to go with 5.9 ppg.
||Puerto Rico (FIBA U16 Championship Americas fourth place)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 18.
- 2014 marks Puerto Rico’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry.
- Puerto Rico benefitted from the expansion of the FIBA U17 World Championship from 12 teams in 2010 and 2012 to 16 teams in 2014, claiming the fourth and final berth out of the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
- While the USA and Puerto Rico have never met at the U17 Worlds, the two nations have been pitted against each other twice at the FIBA Americas U16s, with the U.S. claiming a 126-73 victory in 2009 and a 93-64 win in 2013.
- Puerto Rico last summer was led by Ivan Gandia Rosa’s 13.8 ppg. However, Puerto Rico was without the services of its 6-foot point guard for the bronze medal game, a 62-50 loss to Canada. Arnaldo Toro was the only other Puerto Rican player to reach double digits, averaging a double-double of 11.0 ppg. and 11.6 rpg.
||Serbia (FIBA Europe U16 Championship silver medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 2.
- This year marks the second time Serbia has qualified for the U17 World Championship. Serbia finished in fifth place in 2010 with a 4-4 record.
- After finishing with the bronze medal at the 2009 U16 European Championship, Serbia fell to ninth place in 2011, but rebounded to claim the silver medal with a 7-2 mark in 2013 to earn its 2014 U17 berth.
- Serbia and the USA met once in U17 play, with the United States earning a 112-75 victory to close out second-round play in 2010.
- Serbian guard Stefan Peno, who averaged 9.3 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 4.6 apg., was named MVP of the 2013 U16 Championship after posting a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 65-63 gold medal overtime loss to Spain. Milos Glisic joined him on the all-tournament team and capped the event averaging team-highs of 14.0 ppg. and 7.6 rpg., while Vojislav Stojanovic contributed 10.9 ppg., 7.1 rpg. and 2.8 apg.
||Spain (FIBA Europe U16 Championship gold medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 7.
- Spain has competed in both prior FIBA U17 World Championships, finishing in 10th place in 2010 and bumping up to fourth in 2012.
- The USA has faced Spain once at the U17s, earning a 95-66 victory in the 2012 semifinal game.
- Spain earned its berth in the 2014 U17 Worlds by virtue of its gold medal at the 2013 U16 European Championship after narrowly defeating Serbia 65-63 in overtime of the gold medal game. Previously Spain took home bronze from the 2011 U16s and gold from the 2009 U16s.
- Xabier Lopez-Arosteguj was named to the five-member all-tournament team following the 2013 European U16 tournament and averaged 12.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 3.3 apg. in aiding Spain to a 7-2 record and gold medal. Lopez-Arosteguj scored 14 points, grabbed seven boards and dished out four assists in the final contest. The only other Spanish player to average in double digits was Santiago Yusta, who led his squad with 13.3 ppg., while grabbing 5.2 rpg. and dishing out 2.0 apg. Samuel Rodriguez hauled in a team-high 7.2 rpg. and also contributed 8.7 ppg. and 2.1 apg.
||United Arab Emirates (host country)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 83.
- The UAE did not compete in the 2013 FIBA Asia U16 Championship.
- 2014 marks UAE’s first FIBA U17 World Championship entry. In fact, it marks UAE’s first entry to any major FIBA event (Olympic Games, World Cup, U19 World Championship).
||USA (FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medalist)
- FIBA Youth Men Ranking: No. 1.
- The USA has won the gold medal in both previous FIBA U17 World Championships and owns an overall 16-0 record at the event.
- Against the 2014 competition, the USA owns an upper hand over Argentina (1-0), Australia (3-0) Canada (2-0), China (2-0), Egypt (2-0), France (1-0), Serbia (1-0) and Spain (1-0).
- Bradley Beal (2010) and Jahlil Okafor (2012) have earned FIBA U17 World Championship MVP honors, while Justise Winslow (2012) was named to the five-member all-tournament team.
- Malik Newman took home FIBA Americas U16 MVP honors after averaging team-highs of 16.2 ppg. and 2.8 spg. to go with 2.6 rpg. and 2.0 apg. In all, six players finished with double-digit scoring averages, including Diamond Stone (13.6 ppg.), Ivan Rabb (12.0 ppg.), Josh Jackson (11.4 ppg.), Thomas Bryant (10.0 ppg.) and Jayson Tatum (10.0 ppg.). Rabb was the USA’s top rebounder at 9.8 rpg., while Seventh Woods, the team’s youngest member, dished out a high of 4.4 apg. to go with 5.8 ppg.