FOURTH FIBA U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN -- 2016
Zaragoza, Spain • June 23 - July 3, 2016
Led by Don Showalter for the fourth time in as many FIBA U17 World Championships for Men, the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team was again a dominating presence on the court. Competing in Zaragoza, Spain, the team swept its competition by an average margin of victory of 44.6 points a game and dominated the glass by a 24.6 rebounding margin. Further, the USA trailed for fewer than 12 of the 280 minutes played over its seven-game run.
2016 USA RESULTS (7-0)
2016 FIBA U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
As it had in the previous three editions of the event, the USA squad produced the tournament MVP. Collin Sexton, a last-minute invite to the team’s training camp, came off the bench to average a team-leading 17.0 ppg., while dishing out a team-best 4.2 apg. en route to being named the 2016 U17 World Championship MVP.
Joining Sexton on the 2016 FIBA U17 All-Star Five was USA teammate Wendell Carter Jr., as well as Lithuania’s Arnas Velicka, Bosnia-Herzegovina guard Dzanan Musa and Spain forward Sergi Martinez.
Led by 15 points by Kevin Knox II, the U.S. had seven athletes score in double digits en route to a 119-45 victory over Taiwan on June 23.
Sexton powered the USA with 20 points in its closest win of the tournament, an 18-point, 84-66 defeat of Turkey on June 24.
Closing preliminary play on June 26, the Americans dispatched Egypt 104-57 as seven U.S. players scored in double digits, led by 19 points from Markus Howard.
Meeting South American rival Argentina in the round of 16, the USA wasted no time in running out to an early lead and an eventual 109-56 win. Carte’Are Gordon and Sexton tied for team-high scoring honors with 14 points apiece.
Trailing for the first time in the tournament, 13-7 at 4:15 in the first period of its quarterfinals game, but 30 seconds later the USA went up 14-13 and from there the Americans, led by 24 points from Sexton, raced to a record-setting, 133-81 victory over South Korea to advance to the semifinals. The 133 points was the most the U.S. men had ever scored in U17 play, edging the previous record of 132.
After a close first half, which saw the U.S. hold a 47-37 lead at the break, a 16-2 third-quarter run separated the USA from Lithuania en route to a 98-70 semifinal victory as Howard led the team with 15 points.
Advancing to the gold medal game for a rematch against a confident Turkish squad, the U.S. spotted Turkey an 8-2 lead to start the game. From there, however, the Americans turned on the ignition, went on a 19-0 scoring spree and continued to dominate for a 96-56 golden victory behind 17 points from Trent. The win was the largest margin of victory in a men’s U17 title game.
Lithuania defeated host Spain 81-63 for the bronze medal, its first medal of any kind at the U17 Worlds, while 2016 marked Turkey’s first U17 berth and medal at the U17s.
2016 USA Men's U17 World Championship Team Roster
|Jordan Brown||F||6-10||200||16||Woodcreek High School||Roseville, CA|
|Troy Brown||G||6-6||200||16||Centennial High School||Las Vegas, NV|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||F||6-10||255||17||Pace Academy||Fairburn, GA|
|Carte'Are Gordon||F||6-8||250||16||Webster Groves High School||St. Louis, MO|
|Markus Howard||G||5-11||175||17||Findlay Prep, NV||Chandler, AZ|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||F||6-10||215||16||Park Tudor School||Carmel, IN|
|Kevin Knox II||F||6-8||195||16||Tampa Catholic High School||Riverview, FL|
|Immanuel Quickley||G||6-4||180||16||John Carroll School||Havre De Grace, MD|
|Collin Sexton||G||6-2||180||17||Pebblebrook High School||Mableton, GA|
|Javonte Smart||G||6-3||180||17||Scotlandville High School||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Gary Trent Jr.||G||6-6||205||17||Apple Valley High School||Burnsville, MN|
|Austin Wiley||C||6-10||245||17||Spain Park High School||Hoover, AL|
|HEAD COACH: Don Showalter, USA Basketball|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Mike Jones, DeMatha Catholic H.S. (MD)|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Miles Simon, California Supreme AAU|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Herb Parris, Denver, Colorado|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ernie Sedelmyer, U.S. Air Force Academy
2014 USA Men's U17 World Championship Cumulative Statistics
|Sexton||6/0||34- 59||.576||5- 11||.455||29- 38||.763||24/ 4.0||102/ 17.0||25||0||10|
|Trent||7/7||35- 81||.432||7- 27||.259||12- 19||.632||27/ 3.9||89/ 12.7||10||1||16|
|Howard||7/0||30- 61||.492||18- 37||.486||5- 5||1.000||16/ 2.3||83/ 11.9||18||1||8|
|Gordon||7/0||36- 50||.720||0- 0||.---||9- 23||.391||39/ 5.6||81/ 11.6||6||2||5|
|Knox||6/6||27- 48||.563||1- 8||.125||12- 14||.857||27/ 4.5||67/ 11.2||2||3||13|
|Carter||7/7||30- 51||.588||1- 3||.333||10- 15||.667||52/ 7.4||71/ 10.1||7||7||8|
|T. Brown||7/7||24- 54||.444||5- 20||.250||17- 18||.944||41/ 5.9||70/ 10.0||21||1||20|
|Wiley||7/1||20- 44||.455||0- 0||.---||16- 32||.500||45/ 6.4||56/ 8.0||1||5||3|
|J. Brown||7/0||15- 33||.455||0- 0||.---||11- 18||.611||34/ 4.9||41/ 5.9||3||4||3|
|Smart||7/7||14- 41||.341||5- 20||.250||5- 9||.556||21/ 3.0||38/ 5.4||24||2||7|
|Jackson||6/0||10- 19||.526||0- 1||.000||6- 10||.600||31/ 5.2||26/ 4.3||2||7||5|
|Quickley||6/0||5- 26||.192||4- 16||.250||5- 8||.625||18/ 3.0||19/ 3.2||9||2||5|
|OPP. TOTALS||7||156-466||.335||35-147||.238||84-122||.689||231/33.0||431/ 61.6||77||15||52|