FOURTH FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN -- 2015
Bahía Blanca, Argentina • June 10-14, 2015
Heading into the fourth installment of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, the USA Basketball U16 National Team was the undisputed favorites. After all, the previous three USA U16 squads had bested all comers and the United States was riding a 15-0 winning streak heading into this year’s event. However, that streak was nearly halted in the final game of the tournament.
2015 USA RESULTS (5-0)
2015 FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP
Opening competition on June 10 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the USA wasted no time in running to an 8-0 lead and rolling to a 105-54 victory over Puerto Rico. All 12 U.S. players scored, led by 19 points from Markus Howard.
Behind 25 points and a FIBA Americas U16 Championship record-tying seven 3-pointers from Gary Trent Jr., the USA eclipsed the single-game tournament record for 3-point field goals made with 19 en route to a 115-51 victory over Dominican Republic on June 11.
Behind six double-digit scorers, including two who posted double-doubles, the USA defeated Brazil 123-83 on June 12. Wendell Carter Jr. paced the USA’s effort with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Jalen Hill had 14 points and 12 caroms.
Surpassing host Argentina 119-76 in the June 13 medal semifinal, the USA’s attack, which saw every member of the team score, was led by 16 points apiece from Howard and Trent. Tre Jones set a new USA U16 single-game record for steals with seven, Brown was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line to jump atop the USA’s single-game free throw percentage list.
Canada nearly spoiled the USA’s perfect run, but the red, white and blue was never deterred and pulled out a 77-60 win in the gold medal game after being down by 20 points in the second quarter.
Looking at a 23-3 deficit early in the second quarter, the USA fought its way back and trailed 37-27 at halftime.
Within five points, 56-51, in the fourth quarter, the tide finally turned. After Carter missed completing a traditional three-point play, Vanderbilt was there for the board and score and at 8:25, the USA was behind by just one, 56-55.
While the USA’s defense stymied Canada, the USA took its largest lead of the night to that point, 60-56, with 5:49 to play.
With renewed energy on both ends the USA outscored Canada 17-4 to close out the game for the 17-point gold-medal victory.
Trent scored all 19 of his points in the second half and earned tournament MVP honors. Jarred Vanderbilt finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Jones had five steals and closed the tournament with a USA U16 record 19 steals. Also setting USA U16 competition records were Hill, who connected on 88.2 percent of his shots to set a new field goal percentage record, and Howard shot 48.4 percent from the arc to set a new mark for USA 3-point percentage.
Argentina defeated Dominican Republic 74-59 for bronze.
2015 USA MEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|Jordan Brown||F||6-10||190||15||Woodcreek High School||Roseville, CA|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||F/C||6-10||250||16||Pace Academy||Atlanta, GA|
|Jalen Hill||F||6-9||210||15||Centennial High School||Corona, CA|
|Markus Howard||G||6-1||167||16||Findlay Prep (NV)||Chandler, AZ|
|Tre Jones||G||6-2||160||15||Apple Valley High School||Apple Valley, MN|
|Kevin Knox II||F||6-7||195||15||Tampa Catholic High School||Tampa, FL|
|Jaylen Nowell||G||6-4||175||15||Garfield High School||Seattle, WA|
|Javonte Smart||G||6-4||185||16||Scotlandville Magnet High School||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Gary Trent Jr.||G||6-5||190||16||Apple Valley High School||Apple Valley, MN|
|Jarred Vanderbilt||F||6-9||205||16||Victory Prep School||Houston, TX|
|Connor Vanover||C||7-3||210||15||Arkansas Baptist High School||Little Rock, AR|
|Robert Woodard II||G/F||6-5||210||15||ColumbusHigh School||Columbus, MS|
|HEAD COACH: Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S. (IA)|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Miles Simon, California Supreme AAU|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Sharman White, Miller Grove H.S. (GA)|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Herb Parris, Denver, Colorado|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: David Craig, Indianapolis, Indiana|
2015 USA MEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Trent||5/5||32- 63||.508||13- 35||.371||7- 11||.636||14/ 2.8||84/ 16.8||8||0||8|
|Howard||5/0||29- 66||.439||15- 31||.484||2- 3||.667||15/ 3.0||75/ 15.0||10||0||10|
|Carter||5/5||28- 51||.549||0- 1||.000||12- 18||.667||44/ 8.8||68/ 13.6||6||9||6|
|Knox||5/4||22- 39||.564||1- 2||.500||8- 16||.500||23/ 4.6||53/ 10.6||5||3||8|
|Vanderbilt||5/5||22- 50||.440||0- 2||.000||5- 11||.455||39/ 7.8||49/ 9.8||12||4||9|
|Brown||5/1||16- 29||.552||0- 0||.000||15- 19||.789||22/ 4.4||47/ 9.4||1||3||4|
|Hill||5/0||15- 17||.882||0- 0||.000||13- 20||.650||25/ 5.0||43/ 8.6||4||5||4|
|Smart||5/4||10- 36||.278||7- 23||.304||7- 10||.700||21/ 4.2||34/ 6.8||7||0||9|
|Woodard||5/0||10- 22||.455||2- 6||.333||6- 9||.667||19/ 3.8||28/ 5.6||2||1||4|
|Jones||5/1||7- 22||.318||0- 1||.000||9- 12||.750||31/ 6.2||23/ 4.6||18||0||19|
|Nowell||4/0||8- 34||.235||2- 14||.143||2- 4||.500||7/ 1.8||20/ 5.0||3||0||5|
|Vanover||4/0||7- 19||.368||0- 1||.000||1- 4||.250||15/ 3.8||15/ 3.8||0||6||3|
|OPP.||5||116-339||.342||34-116||.293||58- 98||.592||201/40.2||324/ 64.8||47||18||52|