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 11 U19 competitions held the USA men’s teams have won five gold and three silver medals, including gold in two of the last three U19 championships (2009 and 2013). In 2013 the USA men finished 9-0 to capture gold, and now own an all-time win-loss record of 78-13 in the competition. The USA earned its qualifying spot for the 2015 U19 worlds last summer by capturing gold at the 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).
Thanks to a dominant second half, the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team won the FIBA U19 World Championship. Behind 17 points from Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville), the United States broke open a tight gold-medal affair to claim an 82-68 victory over Serbia in Prague, Czech Republic.