SIXTH FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN -- 2019
Bélem, Brazil • June 3-9, 2019
In his first U16 head coaching position, Mike Jones did not disappoint. He continued where Don Showalter left off - by keeping the USA’s golden streak alive at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men in Bélem, Brazil.
2019 USA RESULTS (6-0)
2019 FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP
Jones’s squad finished the eight-team tournament leading the field in nearly every major statistical category as the U.S. outscored its competition by a whopping 38.2 points per game.
Fighting back from an early 17-point deficit, the USA rebounded for a 83-57 victory over Argentina on June 3. Jabari Smith Jr. led the charge for the Americans with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Amari Bailey hit 8-of-8 from the line and finished with 22 points and Jalen Duren tallied 18 points and 17 rebounds to help the USA to a 104-52 win over Mexico on June 4.
In capping preliminary play with a 122-71 victory over Dominican Republic on June 5, the squad set three USA U16 single-game records. Max Christie scored 24 points on a USA record 8-of-10 made 3-pointers; Richard Isaacs Jr. dished out a U.S. U16 single-game record 11 assists to go with 13 points and seven rebounds; and as a team, the USA shot a blistering 56.4 percent (22-39 3pt FGs) from 3-point to smash the previous USA U16 record of 47.6% (10-21 3pt FGs).
Advancing to the medal quarterfinals, the USA had no trouble bypassing Puerto Rico 102-51 on June 7, as all 12 team members scored. Smith’s 15 points led five U.S. players in double-digit scoring.
The USA propelled itself into a sixth-straight U16 gold medal game with a 90-58 semifinal victory over Argentina on June 8. Smith shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line to finish with a team-high 18 points, and Chris Livingston, who was perfect on his eight free throw attempts to tie a USA U16 single-game record for free throw percentage and free throws made, notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Behind a balanced scoring effort that saw six USA players reach double digits, the USA upped its record to 6-0 and earned a sixth-straight FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal after topping Canada 94-71 in the gold medal game on June 9.
Livingston, who led the USA with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-Star Five by Duren, who scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Also named to the All-Star Five were Caleb Houston and Ryan Nembhard from Canada and Jean Montero from Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic earned the bronze medal, its first medal of any color at this tournament, with a 80-77 win over Argentina.
2019 USA MEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|10||Amari Bailey||G||6-4||169||15||Sierra Canyon High School||Chatsworth, CA|
|12||Max Christie||G||6-5||165||16||Rolling Meadows High School||Arlington Heights, IL|
|14||Jalen Duren||F||6-9||235||15||Roman Catholic High School (PA)||New Castle, DE|
|8||Gregg Glenn III||F||6-6||205||16||Calvary Christian Academy||Pompano Beach, FL|
|13||Adrian Griffin Jr.||F||6-5||200||16||Archbishop Stepinac High School||Ossining, NY|
|6||Dillon Hunter||G||6-3||149||16||Westlake High School||Atlanta, GA|
|5||Richard Isaacs Jr.||G||6-1||164||16||Coronado High School||Las Vegas, NV|
|9||Will Jeffress||F||6-7||195||16||McDowell High School||Erie, PA|
|4||Tamin Lipsey||G||6-2||180||16||Ames High School||Ames, IA|
|7||Chris Livingston||F||6-5||170||15||Buchtel High School||Akron, OH|
|11||Jabari Smith Jr.||F||6-8||190||16||Sandy Creek High School||Tyrone, GA|
|15||Kijani Wright||F||6-8||210||16||Windward High School||Los Angeles, CA|
|HEAD COACH: Mike Jones, DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Eric Flannery, St. Edward H.S., Ohio|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Sharman White, Pace Academy, Ga.|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Matt Crowe, Mayo Clinic|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Lacerte, USA Basketball|
2019 USA MEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U16 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Livingston||5/3||98/19.6||30- 65||.462||4- 17||.235||10- 10||1.000||40/8.0||74/14.8||9||6||5||5|
|Smith||6/3||107/17.8||29- 53||.547||7- 19||.368||18- 23||.783||37/6.2||83/13.8||6||4||4||3|
|Griffin||4/3||73/18.3||20- 42||.476||4- 11||.364||10- 14||.714||17/4.3||54/13.5||11||3||1||13|
|Bailey||6/6||128/21.3||28- 73||.384||5- 16||.313||18- 20||.900||25/4.2||79/13.2||18||19||2||7|
|Isaacs||6/3||146/24.3||21- 65||.323||15- 41||.366||7- 12||.583||34/5.7||64/10.7||24||7||0||9|
|Duren||6/0||111/18.5||30- 48||.625||0- 0||.—-||2- 5||.400||49/8.2||62/10.3||10||3||12||2|
|Christie||6/2||105/17.5||18- 48||.375||13- 35||.371||8- 10||.800||20/3.3||57/ 9.5||6||4||7||3|
|Lipsey||6/0||107/17.8||12- 34||.353||4- 12||.333||8- 8||1.000||17/2.8||36/ 6.0||22||7||1||10|
|Wright||6/6||100/16.7||10- 28||.357||0- 1||.000||4- 6||.667||47/7.8||24/ 4.0||4||6||8||3|
|Glenn||6/0||56/9.3||10- 24||.417||2- 5||.400||1- 7||.143||19/ 3.2||23/ 3.8||7||4||3||6|
|Jeffress||6/0||54/9.0||7- 20||.350||1- 3||.333||5- 7||.714||11/ 1.8||20/ 3.3||3||2||0||3|
|Hunter||6/4||115/19.2||6- 24||.250||3- 14||.214||4- 7||.571||17/ 2.8||19/ 3.2||24||6||1||16|