First held in 1979 and known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the U19 World Championship features the world’s top 19-year-old and younger players. FIBA currently holds U19 World Championships every two years. In the 12 U19 competitions held the USA men’s teams have won six gold and three silver medals, including gold in three of the last four U19 championships (2009, 2013 and 2015). In 2015 the USA men finished 7-0 to capture gold, and now own an all-time win-loss record of 85-13 in the competition. The USA earned its qualifying spot for the 2015 U19 worlds by capturing gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 5-0 record.
Members of past USA U19 teams have included standouts such as Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Stephen Curry (2007); Eric Floyd (1979); Aaron Gordon (MVP of the 2013 U19 World Championship); Tim Hardaway Jr., (2011); Montrezl Harrell (2013); Gordon Hayward (2009); Larry Johnson (1987); Jeremy Lamb (2011); Stephon Marbury (1995); Doug McDermott (2011); Jahlil Okafor (2013); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); J.J. Redick (2003); Marcus Smart (2013); Klay Thompson (2009); Scott Skiles (1983); Deron Williams (2003); Justise Winslow (2013); and James Worthy (1979).
Following 40 competitive minutes during which neither the USA or Croatia could pull away, the USA rolled in the five minutes of overtime and outscored upset-minded Croatia 12-4 to earn a hard-fought 79-71 win in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal game in Heraklion, Greece. It was a second consecutive FIBA U19 world title for the Americans who also won the event in 2013.