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1998 USA Men's World Championship Team

THIRTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1998

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Athens, Greece • July 29 - August 9, l998


Exciting. Inspiring. Suspenseful. Resilient. Persevering. The 1998 USA Men's World Championship Team, under the direction of Rudy Tomjanovich, proved to be all of those things en route to a 7-2 record and the capturing of the bronze medal at the 13th FIBA Men's World Championship.

1998 USA RESULTS (7-2)

USA 83 Brazil 59
Lithuania 84 USA 82
USA 88 South Korea 62
USA 87 Argentina 74
USA 75 Spain 73
USA 96 Australia 78
USA 80 Italy 77
Russia 66 USA 64
USA 84 Greece 61

1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (9-0) 9. Australia (5-3)
2. Russia (7-2) 10. Brazil (2-6)
3. USA (7-2) 11. Puerto Rico (3-5)
4. Greece (5-4) 12. Canada (1-7)
5. Spain (7-2) 13. Nigeria (2-3)
6. Italy (5-4) 14. Japan (1-4)
7. Lithuania (5-4) 15. Senegal (1-4)
8. Argentina (3-6) 16. S. Korea (0-5)

 

It was a remarkable story from start to finish. With NBA labor problems preventing the use of NBA players as was done in 1994, USA Basketball began assembling a new team just three weeks out from the opening of training, looking to players who had played professionally overseas, in the CBA, or in college.

The U.S. team opened the competition by defeating Brazil 83-59 as Wendell Alexis recorded 13 points and eight rebounds and Michael Hawkins tallied 12 points and passed for a USA World Championship single game record 10 assists.

One day later, Jimmy Oliver's would-be game winning three at the buzzer rolled in then out as Lithuania held on to collect an 84-82 victory. Oliver finished with a team high 18 points.

Jason Sasser scored 11 of the USA's first 13 points of the second half to help the USA break away from South Korea and capture an 88-62 victory in its final preliminary round game.

Advancing to second round play, the USA trio of Alexis, Oliver and Hawkins combined to score 53 points and shot 10-of-14 from three-point as the U.S. fought off Argentina 87-74.

Oliver scored a team high 17 points including the go ahead three-pointer with 1:19 remaining to give the USA its first lead of the game as the U.S. rallied to earn a hard fought 75-73 victory over Spain.

Facing Australia in a game the USA needed to win to earn the Group F number one seed and Australia needed just to advance to the medal round quarterfinals, the USA clicked on all cylinders and routed the Aussies 96-78.

Thanks to inspired clutch play from guards Kiwane Garris and Hawkins, the U.S. persevered and managed to record an 80-77 victory over Italy in quarterfinals play. The USA was led by Hawkins' 16 points and six assists, while Alexis added 14 points and Garris finished with 11.

The USA's quest for gold came to a halt after Russia overcame a 10-point USA lead in the final three minutes and forward Serguei Panov went coast-to-coast to score a layup with 4 seconds left to give his team an improbable 66-64 win. Gerard King was the USA's only scorer in double figures with 10 points while adding six rebounds.

Meeting host Greece in the bronze medal contest on August 9, behind Sasser's game high 23 points and a defense that never let Greece find its rhythm, the United States jumped the Greeks early and stormed to an 84-61 victory to capture a bronze medal.

In the gold medal contest, Yugoslavia held off Russia 64-62 to capture the gold medal.

1998 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Wendell Alexis
F
6-9
220
34
Alba Berlin (Syracuse) Bridgewater, NJ
Ashraf Amaya
F/C
6-8
250
26
Idaho Stampede (S. Illinois) Plainfield, TX
Mateen Cleaves (Injured)
G
6-2
195
20
Michigan State University Flint, MI
Bill Edwards
F
6-8
220
26
Pompea Roma (Wright State) Cincinnati, OH
Kiwane Garris
G
6-2
183
23
Grand Rapids Hoops (Illinois) Chicago, IL
Michael Hawkins
G
6-0
178
25
Olympiakos (Xavier) Cypress, TX
Gerard King
F
6-9
230
25
Fontanafredda Siena (Nicholls St.) New Orleans, LA
Jimmy King
G
6-5
210
25
Quad City Thunder (Michigan) Plano, TX
Trajan Langdon
G
6-3
195
22
Duke University Anchorage, AK
Brad Miller
C
6-11
240
22
Purdue University Kendallville, IN
Jimmy Oliver
G
6-6
208
29
Ciuda De Huelva (Purdue) Akron, OH
Jason Sasser
F
6-7
210
24
Sioux Falls Skyforce (Texas Tech) Dallas, TX
David Wood
F
6-9
230
33
Rockford Lightning (Nevada) San Antonio, TX
HEAD COACH: Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets
ASSSISTANT COACH: Del Harris, Los Angeles Lakers
ASSISTANT COACH: Lon Kruger, University of Illinois
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Glenn Perry, Charlotte Hornets
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Harlan Selesnick, Miami Heat
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Lenny Currier, Philadelphia 76ers
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Keith Jones, Houston Rockets

1998 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Oliver 9/9
40- 80
.500
20- 44
.455
6- 6
1.000
25/ 2.8
106/ 11.8
9
3
11
Alexis 9/0
37- 70
.529
16- 34
.471
14- 26
.538
36/ 4.0
104/ 11.6
4
3
4
Sasser 9/9
41- 88
.466
2- 9
.222
12- 18
.667
33/ 3.7
96/ 10.7
5
0
4
J. King 9/0
32- 59
.542
3- 10
.300
14- 24
.583
18/ 2.0
81/ 9.0
16
0
9
Hawkins 9/9
21- 45
.467
7- 19
.368
20- 25
.800
20/ 2.2
69/ 7.7
37
0
7
Garris 9/0
20- 41
.488
6- 16
.375
7- 8
.875
12/ 1.3
53/ 5.9
10
0
0
G. King 9/9
19- 33
.576
0- 0
.---
15- 20
.750
48/ 5.3
53/ 5.9
7
0
5
Miller 9/0
16- 25
.640
0- 0
.---
15- 27
.556
30/ 3.3
47/ 5.2
7
3
1
Wood 9/9
18- 35
.514
5- 13
.385
3- 3
1.000
26/ 2.9
44/ 4.9
4
4
1
Amaya 9/0
17- 24
.708
0- 0
.---
6- 11
.545
42/ 4.7
40/ 4.4
2
1
4
Edwards 7/0
9- 27
.333
4- 12
.333
4- 8
.500
14/ 2.0
26/ 3.7
6
0
3
Langdon 7/0
5- 9
.556
4- 7
.571
6- 6
1.000
6/ 0.9
20/ 2.9
3
0
1
USA 9
275-536
.513
67-164
.409
122-182
.670
326/36.2
739/ 82.1
110
13
50
OPP. 9
220-519
.424
65-171
.380
129-189
.630
257/28.9
634/ 70.4
94
31
50

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