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1979 USA Men's Junior World Championship Team

FIRST FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1979

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Salvador, Brazil - August 15-25, 1979


The inaugural FIBA Junior World Championship was a resounding success for the young Americans. Led by Barrington High School (Ill.) head coach Gary Cook, a talented USA team breezed past the competition and posted a perfect 8-0 record to capture the gold medal.


1979 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA
2
Panama 0 (Forfeit)
USA
98
Argentina 61
USA
105
Canada 59
USA
128
Egypt 38
USA
94
USSR 78
USA
134
Italy 77
USA
99
Yugoslavia 74
USA
75
Brazil 55

1979 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 7. Canada (4-4)
2. Brazil (5-3) 8. Uruguay (4-4)
3. Argentina (6-2) 9. Australia (4-4)
4. Yugoslavia (5-3) 10. Philippines (2-6)
5. Soviet Union (4-4) 11. Panama (2-6)
6. Italy (4-4) 12. Egypt (0-8)

The 1979 U.S. Junior team was selected following the 1979 National Sports Festival basketball competition. The U.S. roster was filled with relative unknowns who would go on to make names for themselves in the college and NBA ranks. Players like James Worthy, the MVP of the '79 National Sports Festival, Eric 'Sleepy' Floyd, Sam Perkins, and Lafayette 'Fat' Lever were just some the future superstars who wore the USA red, white and blue uniforms at the 1979 Junior World Championship in Salvador, Brazil.

The U.S. men were awarded a 2-0 forfeit over Panama to open the competition when Panama failed to arrive at the tournament in time for the opening game. The U.S. in its first tasdte of competition handed Argentina a 98-61 loss. Canada was next to fall as the Americans crashed through the 100-point barrier en route to a 105-59 victory, and a 128-38 lopsided win over Egypt pushed the USA's record to 4-0.

The U.S. team broke a backboard during the warm-up prior to the start of its game against the USSR causing a short delay, but the delay did nothing to halt the USA's momentum as the United States posted an impressive 94-78 win over the Soviet Union to finish 5-0 after preliminary pool play.

Playing aggressive defense and behind Worthy's 28 points and 23 points from Floyd, the U.S. cruised to a convincing 134-77 win over Italy in the opening game of championship round play, and one day later, Worthy scored 27 and all 12 U.S. players scored in a 99-74 rout of Yugoslavia.

Facing host Brazil in the championship game, a standing-room crowd estimated at 11,000 cheered their Brazilian team on, but the American team had too many guns. Taking command early, the U.S. led comfortably at half, 41-22, and went on to record an impressive 75-55 win to earn the gold and remain undefeated. The U.S. was paced in the championship game by Floyd's 17 points, while Worthy added 12 and Scott Hastings tossed in 10 points. Argentina earned the bronze after edging Italy 71-70.

1979 USA Men's Junior World Championship Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Matt Clark
G
6-2
190
18
Oklahoma State Oklahoma City, OK
Darren Daye
G
6-6
178
18
UCLA Granada Hills, CA
Eric Floyd
G
6-3
180
19
Georgetown Gastonia, NC
Bob Hansen
F
6-9
185
18
Iowa West Des Moines, IA
Scott Hastings
C
6-11
208
19
Arkansas Independence, KS
Lafayette Lever
G
6-2
170
19
Arizona State Tucson, AZ
Sam Perkins
F
6-9
200
18
Shaker H.S. Watervliet, NY
Randy Reed
F
6-7
200
19
Forrest Park Jr College St. Louis, MO
Fred Roberts
C
6-10
215
19
Brigham Young Riverton, UT
Terry White
F
6-9
223
19
Texas-El Paso El Paso, TX
Maurice Williams
F
6-6
195
18
Southern California Los Angeles, CA
James Worthy
F
6-9
210
18
Ashbrook H.S. Gastonia, NC
HEAD COACH: Gary Cook, Barrington High School (IL)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Rosenstihl, Lebanon High School (IN)
MANAGER: Royce Youree, Phoenix East High School (AZ)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Gene Castrovillo, Alfred University (NY)
CHIEF OF MISSION: Dave Rowlands, Truman Community College (IL)

1979 USA Men's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Eric Floyd 7          
113/ 16.1
Terry White 7          
73/ 10.4
Sam Perkins 7          
70/ 10.0
Scott Hastings 7          
69/ 9.9
James Worthy 7          
69/ 9.9
Darren Daye 7          
60/ 8.6
Fred Roberts 7          
57/ 8.1
Bob Hansen 6          
47/ 7.8
Randy Reed 6          
47/ 7.8
Lafayette Lever 7          
47/ 6.7
Matt Clark 6          
39/ 6.5
Maurice Williams 7          
42/ 6.0
USA TOTALS 7
733/ 104.7
OPP. TOTALS 7
442/ 63.1

NOTE: The USA played eight games, however, statistical totals reflect seven game totals because the USA was declared a 2-0 winner over Panama by a forfeit.

 

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