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2017 AmeriCup Team

FIBA AmeriCup -- 2017

  • Date:
    Sep 29, 2020

Montevideo, Uruguay and Córdoba, Argentina • August 25-September 3, 2017


It had been 10 years since the United States last competed in its zone championship.

While the format of the competition was different and the official name of the Americas Championship had been altered to the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, the results weren’t much different.


2017 USA RESULTS (5-0)

USA 97 Panama 56
USA 74 Uruguay 66
USA 72 Dominican Republic 56
USA 90 U.S. Virgin Islands 62
USA 81 Argentina 76

2017 FIBA AMERICUP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (5-0) 7. Dominican Republic (1-2)
2. Argentina (4-1) 8. Canada (1-2)
3. Mexico (4-1) 9. Brazil (1-2)
4. U.S. Virgin Islands (1-4) 10. Venezuela (1-2)
5. Puerto Rico (2-1) 11. Colombia (0-3)
6. Uruguay (2-1) 12. Panama (0-3)
The USA won gold for the seventh time in nine appearances. This time the Americans rolled up a 5-0 record to win gold, and in doing so, defeated Uruguay and Argentina on their home courts.

Featuring a team directed by former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy and relying on a roster consisting primarily of NBA G League players, the USA’s success was a remarkable story of team coming together very quickly and working to improve each day and every game.

“We took the competition very seriously. Our team was into it. They wanted to do something special together, and we knew going on the road, both to Uruguay, which was an outstanding team, and here at Argentina, which is a great, great team - that we would have to play well and be mentally strong,” said USA skipper Van Gundy. “To me, that was the greatest thing ... We grew in our mental strength. We stuck together and we fought together. Ultimately, we won together.”

USA center Jameel Warney was named MVP of the AmeriCup and Darrun Hilliard joined him on the five-member all-tournament team.

Sprinting out to a 27-10 first quarter lead, the USA never looked back as it rolled to a dominating 97-56 victory over Panama in its opening game of Group C play in Montevideo, Uruguay. Four players scored in double digits, led by 17 points from Hilliard and Jonathan Holmes. 

Trailing by 11 points early in the second quarter, the USA scratched and defended its way back into the game and went on to outscore host Uruguay 24-16 in the fourth quarter to earn a critical 74-66 win. C.J. Williams scored a team-best 16 points, Reggie Hearn scored 15 points and Hilliard added 13 points, while Warney recorded eight points and hauled in a team-high 14 rebounds.

The USA never trailed en route to a 72-56 win over Dominican Republic.  C.J. Williams paced the USA's offense with 15 points, Hilliard and Warney added 13 points apiece. Finishing Group C play 3-0, the victory propelled the USA into the AmeriCup medal round semifinals.

Xavier Munford’s double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds helped power the USA to a dominating 90-62 semifinals win over U.S. Virgin Islands and advanced the USA to the AmeriCup gold medal game.

Seeing its gold medal dreams slipping away after falling behind by 20 points early in the third quarter, the USA shooting came to life and the American squad rallied for a remarkable comeback and earned an 81-76 victory over host Argentina to win the FIBA AmeriCup gold medal in Córdoba, Argentina. Warney finished his strong showing with 21 points and seven rebounds; Hilliard added 15 points, six rebounds; Hearn contributed 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3, and added six rebounds; and Munford tossed in 10 points.

2017 USA MEN'S AMERICUP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION / SCHOOL
Billy Baron G 6-2 195 26 UCAM Murcia (Spain)/Canisius
Alec Brown C 7-1 231 25 Windy City Bulls/Green Bay
Larry Drew II G 6-2 180 27 Sioux Falls Skyforce/UCLA
Reggie Hearn G 6-4 209 25 Reno Bighorns/Northwestern
Darrun Hilliard F 6-6 205 24 Detroit Pistons/Villanova
Jonathan Holmes F 6-9 242 24 Canton Charge/Texas
Kendall Marshall G 6-4 195 26 Reno Longhorns/North Carolina
Xavier Munford G 6-3 190 25 Greensboro Swarm/Rhode Island
Marshall Plumlee C 7-0 250 25 New York Knicks/Duke
Jameel Warney F 6-7 259 23 Texas Legends/Stony Brook
C.J. Williams G 6-5 230 27 Texas Legends/North Carolina State
Reggie Williams F 6-6 210 30 Oklahoma City Blue/VMI
Head Coach:  Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball
Assistant Coach:  Ty Ellis, Northern Arizona Suns
Assistant Coach:  Mo McHone, USA Basketball
Team Physician:  Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Athletic Trainer:  Motoki Fujii, Houston Rockets
Scout:  Ken McDonald, Austin Toros

2017 USA MEN'S AMERICUP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Hilliard 5/4 25- 62 .403 2- 17 .118 15- 21 .714 17/ 3.4 67/ 13.4 8 0 3
Warney 5/0 24- 37 .649 0- 0 .--- 16- 26 .615 43/ 8.6 64/ 12.8 7 4 1
Munford 5/0 18- 40 .450 5- 15 .333 10- 11 .909 19/ 3.8 51/ 10.2 15 3 8
Hearn 5/1 16- 34 .461 10- 21 .476 8- 12 .667 18/ 3.6 50/ 10.0 2 0 2
Williams, C.J. 5/2 19- 37 .514 4- 12 .333 2- 2 1.000 16/ 3.2 44/ 8.8 3 0 7
Williams, R. 5/5 16- 42 .381 7- 22 .318 4- 7 .571 15/ 3.0 43/ 8.6 7 0 3
Drew 5/0 9- 17 .529 4- 7 .571 1- 2 .500 10/ 2.0 23/ 4.6 25 0 5
Plumlee 5/4 6- 13 .462 0- 0 .--- 8- 10 .800 25/ 5.0 20/ 4.0 0 4 3
Marshall 5/5 6- 16 .375 1- 7 .143 5- 6 .833 13/ 2.6 18/ 3.6 24 0 2
Holmes 3/3 5- 10 .500 3- 5 .600 4- 5 .800 10/ 3.3 17/ 5.7 2 0 2
Baron 4/0 3- 12 .250 3- 1 .273 0- 0 .--- 2/ 0.5 9/ 2.3 6 1 1
Brown 3/0 3- 5 .600 2- 4 .500 0- 0 .--- 3/ 1.0 8/ 2.7 0 0 0
USA 5 150-325 .462 41-121 .339 73-102 .716 216/43.2 414/82.8 99 12 37
OPP. 5 117-339 .345 28-130 .215 54- 80 .675 192/38.4 316/63.2 65 13 21

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