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2006 USA Men's U18 National Team

FIFTH FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN-- 2006

  • Date:
    Jun 21, 2012

San Antonio, Texas • June 28-July 2, 2006


Dominating opponents by an average of 29.7 points per game, the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team cruised to four straight victories at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, qualifying for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship on June 30 and securing a gold medal on July 2 at Bill Greehy Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.


2006 USA RESULTS (4-0) 
USA
111
Uruguay 64
USA
90
Brazil 66
USA
92
Canada 66
USA
104
Argentina 82
2006 U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
1. *USA (4-0) 5. Puerto Rico (2-2)
2. *Argentina (4-1) 6. Uruguay (1-3)
3. *Brazil (2-2) 7. Bahamas (0-4)
4. *Canada (2-3)

*Qualified for 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship

Assisted by Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt and DePaul's Jerry Wainwright, the University of Washington's Lorenzo Romar led the USA to its fourth title in five U18 Championships (formerly known as the COBAPA Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament) and improved the USA's overall tournament record to a sparkling 29-1. Finishing in the top four spots respectively, the USA, Argentina, Brazil and Canada qualified for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, which will be held July 12-22 in Vancouver, Canada.

Jumping to an early lead that was never challenged, the USA first rolled over Uruguay in a 111-64 victory on June 28 that was headed by 17 points from both Jerryd Bayless and Michael Beasley.

Then on June 30, behind 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting from Stanley Robinson, the Americans out slugged Brazil 90-66 to earn Pool A's No. 1 seed and secure a 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship berth.

Matched against Canada in the medal round semifinals on July 1, six U.S. players scored in double digits, and behind 16 points from Bayless, 13 from Kyle Singler, 12 from Taylor King and 11 points from Beasley, Nolan Smith and DaJuan Summers, the USA earned a 92-66 victory over Canada.

In the final game on July 2, fueled by a 24-point, 10-rebound effort from 7-0 center Spencer Hawes, the USA men erased a two-point, first-quarter deficit to easily capture gold with a 104-82 victory over Argentina.

With eight All-Americans and five USA Today Class of 2007 honorees, seven U.S. players broke into the tournament's top-ten rankings in eight different categories. Bayless ranked first in free-throw percentage with a perfect 13-13 tally from the charity stripe, and Beasley ranked fifth in rebounding. Flynn ranked third in free-throw percentage, shooting 88.2 percent, fifth in assists with 5.3 per game and tied for eighth in free-throws made with an overall mark of 15-17. Hawes ranked fourth in blocked shots with 1.4 per game, eighth in rebounding and tied for eighth in free-throw percentage at 75.0 percent. King sank 10-21 from beyond the arc to rank fourth in both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage (47.6 ), and Singler ranked fourth in steals, collecting 2.3 per game. Hitting 15-20 from the free-throw line, Smith tied for eighth in free-throws made and free-throw percentage (75.0) and dished 3.5 assists per game to rank 10th.

The USA also dominated the tournament's team statistics, ranking No.1 in 13 of the 19 categories, including scoring offense (99.2 ppg.), scoring defense (69.5 ppg.), rebounding margin (+19.7 rpg.), assists (20.5 apg.) and steals (12 spg.).

The 2006 squad contributed 10 new entries to the USA U18 Championship record book, including shooting 73.1 percent as a team from the free-throw line to set the USA U18 Championship record. Beasley and Hawes now rank third and fourth respectively for most rebounds averaged per game, and Hawes' 24 points in the gold medal game tied for eighth among USA single-game points. King's 47.6 shooting percentage from 3-point ranks him third in U.S. event history, and Flynn's .882 free-throw percentage ranks him fifth. Flynn also ranks second in most assists averaged with 5.3, followed by Smith's fourth place ranking with 3.5 assists per game. And, finally, Singler collected 2.3 steals per game to rank sixth in the USA U18 Championship record books.

2006 USA BASKETBALL MEN'S U18 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Chris Allen G 6-4 190 17 Meadowcreek H.S. Lawrenceville, GA
Jerryd Bayless G 6-4 193 17 St. Mary's H.S. / Phoenix, AZ
Michael Beasley F 6-10 235 17 Oak Hill Academy (VA) / Frederick, MD
Jonny Flynn G 6-0 172 17 Niagara Falls H.S. Niagara Falls, NY
Donte' Greene F 6-10 217 18 Towson Catholic H.S. Baltimore, MD
Spencer Hawes C 7-0 230 18 Seattle Prep Seattle, WA
Taylor King F 6-7 218 18 Mater Dei H.S. Huntington Beach, CA
Stanley Robinson F 6-9 220 17 Huffman H.S. Birmingham, AL
Kyle Singler F 6-9 210 18 South Medford H.S. Medford, OR
Nolan Smith G 6-4 180 17 Oak Hill Academy (VA) Upper Marlboro, MD
DaJuan Summers F 6-9 235 18 McDonough School Baltimore, MD
Lance Thomas F 6-8 200 18 t. Benedict's H.S. Scotch Plains, NJ
HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington
ASSISTANT COACH: Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech
ASSISTANT COACH: Jerrry Wainwright, DePaul University

2006 USA BASKETBALL MEN'S U18 NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Beasley 4 21-40 .525 0-0 .000 13-19 .684 33/ 8.3 55/ 13.8 7 2 6
Hawes 4 19-37 .514 0-0 .000 12-16 .750 30/ 7.5 50/ 12.5 3 6 2
King 4 16-31 .516 10-21 .476 6-7 .857 19/ 4.8 48/ 12.0 5 2 1
Singler 4 17-33 .515 3-10 .300 7-9 .778 25/ 6.3 44/ 11.0 12 3 9
Bayless 4 14-41 .341 3-13 .231 13-13 1.000 17/ 4.3 44/ 11.0 8 1 6
Smith 4 10-27 .370 1-5 .200 15-20 .750 16/ 4.0 36/ 9.0 14 0 7
Flynn 4 9-27 .333 1-9 .111 15-17 .882 15/ 3.8 34/ 8.5 21 1 7
Robinson 4 14-27 .519 0-0 .000 5-8 .625 21/ 5.3 33/ 8.3 3 4 3
Summers 4 9-21 .429 0-0 .000 9-18 .500 13/ 3.3 27/ 6.8 1 0 1
Greene 4 6-10 .600 1-1 1.000 1-2 .500 4/ 1.0 14/ 3.5 2 0 2
Allen 3 3-10 .300 2-6 .333 2-3 .667 4/ 1.3 10/ 3.3 6 0 2
Thomas 4 1-6 .167 0-1 .000 0-2 .000 4/ 1.0 2/ 0.5 0 0 2
USA 4 139-310 .448 21-66 .318 98-134 .731 201/ 50.2 397/ 99.2 82 19 48
Opp. 4 94-273 .344 18-86 .209 72-109 .661 122/ 30.5 278/ 69.5 48 16 38

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