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2013 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team

ELEVENTH FIBA MEN'S U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2013

  • Date:
    Aug 7, 2013

Prague, Czech Republic • June 27-July 7, 2013


Utilizing its athleticism and depth, the USA forced tempo and rode its defense to the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship to an unblemished 9-0 record and the gold medal in Prague, Czech Republic. It was just the USA's third gold medal in the FIBA U19/Junior World Championship since 1991, but its second since 2009.


2013 USA RESULTS (9-0)
USA
88 
 Ivory Coast 29
USA
113 
 China 57
USA
115 
 Russia 47
USA
91 
 Brazil 66
USA
94 
 Australia 51
USA
71 
 Serbia 62
USA
109 
 Canada 67
USA
100 
 Lithuania 60
USA
82 
 Serbia 68

2013 FIBA U19 WORLD CHAMP.
FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (9-0) 9. Russia (4-4)
2. Serbia (7-2)  10. Brazil (3-5)
3. Lithuania (7-2) 11. Iran (2-6)
4. Australia (4-5)  12. Argentina (1-7)
5. Spain (7-2) 13. South Korea (2-4)
6. Canada (4-5) 14. Czech Republic (3-3)
7. China (4-5) 15. Ivory Coast (1-5)
8. Croatia (5-4) 16. Senegal (1-5)

USA and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan returned to coach the 2013 squad after qualifying the USA for the U19 World Championship by leading the U.S. to a 5-0 mark and the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The 2013 U.S. team also returned assistant coach Shaka Smark and five players from the golden 2012 team.

The USA squad sprinted its way to three dominating preliminary-round wins to start the championship in impressive fashion. Opening with an 88-29 lopsided victory over Ivory Coast, Ivory Coast’s 29 points were the fewest allowed by a USA U19 team in the history of the FIBA event that started in 1979. China fell next 113-57 as Aaron Gordon led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Frazier drained four 3-pointers to tally 15 points. Putting on a display of defensive tenacity, the USA finished preliminary play with a 115-47 win over Russia. All 12 USA players scored and seven reached double digits in what was another show of depth by the U.S. In the USA’s first three games, the squad averaged its wins by 61.0 points per game, while limiting its opponents to just 44.3 points game and 30.9% shooting from the field while pressuring its opposition into 26.7 turnovers a game.

Rasheed Sulaimon found his shooting eye and hit 5-of-9 3-point tries and score 15 points as the USA battled Brazil evenly for the game’s first two quarters before exploding in the second half to earn an impressive 91-66 victory. With its full-court, non-stop pressure defense again paving the way, the USA steamrolled Australia 94-51. Five U.S. players scored in double figures, led by Gordon, who finished with 15 points. Montrezl Harrell contributed 13 points, Jahlil Okafor added 12 points, Marcus Smart had 11 points and four assists and Justise Winslow, for the second consecutive night, earned a double-double, recording 10 points and 10 rebounds. After five blowout wins, the USA was tested by Serbia in its final game of the second round, and the U.S. made the plays required to claim a hard-fought 71-62 victory. Okafor headed the U.S. offensive effort with 16 points, and Sulaimon finished with 15 points.

Undefeated, the USA earned the second-round Group F No. 1 seed and faced Canada in the medal-round quarterfinals. Behind Smart's 14 points and balanced scoring that saw all 12 U.S. players put points on the board, including seven in double-figures, it was smooth sailing for the USA as it posted a dominating 109-67 victory.

Utilizing a disruptive and effective full-court defensive press, depth, balanced scoring and an up-tempo transition offense, the USA defeated defending U19 champion Lithuania 100-60. Smart was the high-scorer with 18 points, which came on 6-of-8 shooting, and Winslow recorded 15 points and nine rebounds.

Behind 17 points from Harrell, the United States outscored Serbia 42-30 in the second half to break open a tight gold-medal affair and claim an 82-68 victory. Aiding the USA in its golden quest were Nigel Williams-Goss, who finished with 15 points, Sulaimon was credited with 12 points, Smart tallied 11 points and Elfrid Payton finished with nine points and U.S. team-highs of six assists and five steals.

Gordon, who averaged USA highs of 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, 2.0 steals a game, while shooting 61.2 percent from the field, was selected MVP of the U19 World Championship. Joining him on the five-player U19 all-tournament team was teammate Okafor, and rounding out the team were Vasilje Micic of Serbia, Dante Exum of Australia and Dario Saric of Croatia.

The USA established five USA team competition records and three individual competition records and tied one individual game record and one team game record. Among the 16 national teams, the USA ranked No. 1 in eight of the 13 team statistical categories.

2013 USA MEN'S U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Michael Frazier
G
6-4
185
19
Florida Tampa, FL
Aaron Gordon
F
6-6
210
17
Archbishop Mitty High School San Jose, CA
Montrezl Harrell
F
6-7
215
19
Louisville Tarboro, NC
Jahlil Okafor
C
6-10
253
17
Whitney Young High School Chicago, IL
Elfrid Payton
G
6-3
170
19
Louisiana Gretna, LA
James Robinson
G
6-3
200
19
Pittsburgh Mitchellville, MD
Marcus Smart
G
6-4
200
19
Oklahoma State Flower Mound, TX
Jarnell Stokes
F
6-8
250
19
Tennessee Memphis, TN
Rasheed Sulaimon
G
6-3
180
19
Duke Houston, TX
Mike Tobey
F/C
6-11
227
18
Virginia Monroe, NY
Nigel Williams-Goss
G
6-3
180
18
Findlay Prep Happy Valley, OR
Justise Winslow
F
6-6
210
17
St Johns High School Houston, TX
Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida
Assistant Coach: Anthony Bennett, University of Virginia
Assistant Coach: Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth University
Team Physician: John Hefferon, Chicago, Illinois
Athletic Trainer: Dave Werner, University of Florida

2013 USA MEN'S U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG 
PTS/AVG 
AST 
BLK 
STL
Gordon
9/0
52- 85
.612
0- 3
.000
9- 17
.529
56/ 6.2
113/ 12.6
17
9
18
Okafor
9/0
44- 57
.772
0- 0
.---
9- 18
.500
43/ 4.8
97/ 10.8
3
4
7
Harrell
9/9
42- 73
.575
0- 0
.---
11- 19
.579
33/ 3.7
95/ 10.6
8
10
8
Winslow
9/1
34- 65
.523
0- 1
.000
20- 29
.690
54/ 6.0
88/ 9.8
14
4
10
Smart.
9/8
32- 64
.500
6- 21
.286
16- 25
.640
25/ 2.8
86/ 9.6
20
0
22
Sulaimon
9/8
28- 72
.389
15- 37
.405
5- 9
.556
25/ 2.8
76/ 8.4
7
0
6
Williams-Goss
9/0
27- 55
.491
8- 19
.421
9- 10
.900
25/ 2.8
71/ 7.9
24
0
7
Stokes
9/9
27- 45
.600
0- 0
.---
11- 20
.550
41/ 4.6
65/ 7.2
1
1
6
Frazier
9/1
122- 68
.324
15- 51
.294
1- 3
.333
28/ 3.1
60/ 6.7
8
3
5
Payton
9/9
23- 40
.575
0- 4
.000
9- 10
.900
30/ 3.3
55/ 6.1
19
2
21
Tobey
8/0
16- 30
.533
0- 2
.000
6- 7
.857
38/ 4.8
38/ 4.8
3
5
2
Robinson
9/0
8- 31
.258
0- 6
.000
3- 5
.600
15/ 1.7
19/ 2.1
19
0
10
USA
9
355-685
.518
44-144
.306
109-172
.634
439/48.8
863/ 95.9
143
38
122
OPP.
9
177-501
.353
50-167
.299
103-186
.554
263/29.2
507/ 56.3
72
23
51

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