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SEVENTH FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2003

SEVENTH FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2003

Thessaloniki, Greece - July 10-20, 2003


One loss was the only blemish on the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Team's results page as the USA juniors overcame the disappointment to finish 7-1 and in fifth place.


2003 USA Junior World
Championship Team



2003 USA RESULTS (7-1)
USA
84
Slovenia 83
USA
109
China 84
USA
88
Nigeria 69
USA
106
Puerto Rico 72
USA
87
Lithuania 84
Australia
106
USA 85
USA
77
Slovenia 72
USA
82
Puerto Rico 80

2003 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP.
FINAL STANDINGS

1. Australia (7-1) 9. Venezuela (6-2)
2. Lithuania (5-3) 10. Argentina (5-3)
3. Greece (6-2) 11. Nigeria (4-4)
4. Croatia (5-3) 12. S. Korea (2-6)
5. USA (7-1) 13. Angola (2-6)
6. Puerto Rico (3-5) 14. China (1-7)
7. Slovenia (3-5) 15. Malaysia (1-7)
8. Turkey (4-4) 16. Iran (1-7)

But the one U.S. slipup was enough to crush the USA's medal hopes. Still, the United States men showed remarkable fortitude as they overcame the tremendous disappointment of the lone loss to finish 7-1. The USA's record at the finish was tied with gold medalist Australia for the championship's best record.

The USA began training on June 24 and prior to the Junior World Championship demoinstrated they would be a medal contender after rolling to a 5-0 record to win the 2003 Global Games in Dallas, Texas.

Traveling to Thessaloniki, Greece, the USA opened preliminary round play with three wins. Posting an 84-83 victory over Slovenia as Paul Davis finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, Deron Williams poured in 23 points as the USA pounded China 109-84. Utilizing its superior depth which resulted in all 11 available players scoring, De'Angelo Alexander led the way with 13 points as the United States wrapped up first round play with a physical 88-69 win over Nigeria.

Moving on to the medal round quarterfinals, the U.S. opened things with an impressive 106-72 win over Americas champ Puerto Rico as Alexander finished with 23 points and nine boards. Behind Daniel Brown's record setting 47 point peformance on 18-of-29 shooting overall, including 9-of-15 from 3-point, the U.S. out battled Lithuania 87-84 to improve to 5-0. Meeting 4-1 Australia in the last of the three quarterfinals games, Australia routed the Americans 106-72. With the loss the USA finished quarterfinals play in a three-way tie with Australia and Lithuania who all finished with identical 2-1 records. Based on the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) tie breaking formula, the USA placed third and with just the top two twams advancing to the medal someifinals, was eliminated from the medal round.

Following a two-day break, the USA rebounded from the heartache loss to Australia, and again came out on top against Slovenia 77-72 as Davis recorded 20 points and eight rebounds. Facing Puerto Rico in the game to decide fifth place, the U.S. opened a big lead and after watching it disappear, fought back to record an 82-80 win and earn the fifth place finish. Kevin Pittsnogle led the USA's scoring with 17 points and made five 3-pointers.

The United States squad was led in scoring by the trio of Davis, 17.7 ppg., Daniel Brown, 17.3 ppg. and Alexander 11.9. The team's strong rebounding was headed by Davis at 8.7 rpg., with Alexander and Hollins grabbing 6.4 rpg. and 6.3 rpg., respectively. Davis was the lone American to shoot over 50 percent from the field, making 51.8 percent of his shots, Alexander made a team best 45.8 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point arc, as Daniel Brown made 44.4 percent and Davis made 36.0 percent of his 3-pointers. Williams passed off for a team best 4.8 apg., followed by Daniel Brown, 4.1 apg., Shakur, 2.8 apg., and Watson, 2.0 apg. Brown snatched a team high 19 steals and Hollins led the squad in blocked shots with nine.

In the gold medal game, Australia routed Lithuania 126-92, while host Greece claimed the victory in the bronze medal game defeating Croatia 73-64.

2003 USA Men's Junior World Championship Team Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Maurice Ager
G
6-4
187
19
Michigan State Detroit, MI
De'Angelo Alexander
F
6-5
215
19
Oklahoma Midwest City, OK
Daniel Brown
g
6-1
175
18

Illinois

Maywood, IL
Graham Brown
C
6-9
250
18
Michigan Milo, MI
David Burgess
F
6-10
255
17
Woodbrige H.S. Irvine, CA
Paul Davis
F
6-11
245
18
Michigan State Rochester, MI
Ryan Hollins
C
6-11
215
18
UCLA Pasadena, CA
Kevin Pittsnogle
F
6-10
225
18
West Virginia Martinsburg, WV
J.J. Redick
G
6-4
200
19
Duke Roanoke, VA
Mustafa Shakur
G
6-3
175
18
Philadelphia Friends Central H.S. Philadelphia, PA
C.J. Watson
G
6-2
160
19
Tennessee Las Vegas, NV
Deron Williams
G
6-3
205
19
Illinois The Colony, TX
HEAD COACH: Ernie Kent, University of Oregon
ASSISTANT COACH: Dennis Felton, University of Georgia
ASSISTANT COACH: Ray Harper, Kentucky Wesleyan College
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Herb Parris, Lakewood, Colorado
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Clay Jamieson, University of Oregon

2003 USA Men's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
ST
D. Brown 8/8
49-106
.462
24- 54
.444
16- 17
.941
21/ 2.6
138/ 17.3
33
0
19
Davis 7/7
44- 85
.518
9- 25
.360
27- 33
.818
61/ 8.7
124/ 17.7
11
7
7
Alexander 8/6
36- 70
.514
11- 24
.458
12- 18
.667
51/ 6.4
95/ 11.9
7
2
3
Williams 8/8
25- 68
.368
11- 39
.282
6- 7
.857
26/ 3.3
67/ 8.4
38
1
4
Hollins 8/6
24- 50
.480
0- 0
.---
14- 22
.636
50/ 6.3
62/ 7.8
7
9
5
Ager 8/2
20- 51
.392
4- 20
.200
9- 16
.563
24/ 3.0
48/ 6.0
9
3
6
Watson 8/0
17-39
.436
3- 9
.333
11- 20
.550
15/ 1.9
48/ 6.0
16
1
11
Shakur 8/0
17- 49
.347
0- 2
.000
6- 9
.667
9/ 1.1
40/ 5.0
22
1
13
Pittsnogle 8/1
14- 32
.438
8- 20
.400
2- 2
1.000
17/ 2.1
38/ 4.9
3
3
4
G. Brown 8/2
14-32
.438
0- 1
.000
5- 8
.625
35/ 4.4
33/ 4.1
5
4
3
Burgess 7/0
5- 15
.333
0- 0
.---
9-12
.750
21/ 3.0
19/ 2.0
0
2
2
Redick 2/0
0- 3
.000
0- 2
.000
1- 2
.500
0/ 0.0
1/ 0.5
0
0
0
USA 8
265-600
.442
70-196
.357
118-166
.711
364/45.5
718/ 89.8
151
33
77
OPP. 8
241-536
.450
50-154
.325
118-193
.611
322/40.3
650/ 81.3
102
27
56