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2019 MU19 Team

FOURTEENTH FIBA MEN'S U19 WORLD CUP – 2019

  • Date:
    Oct 4, 2019

1Crete, Greece • June 29-July 7, 2019


The USA returned to the top of medal podium at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece, after posting an unblemished 7-0 record that saw the Americans steamroll their opponents by an average of 28.7 points a game. The closest any opponent came to bettering the USA was 14 points in the gold medal game.

2019 USA RESULTS (7-0)

USA
111
   New Zealand 71
USA
102
   Lithuania 84
USA
87
   Senegal 58
USA
116
   Latvia 66
USA
95
   Russia 80
USA
102
   Lithuania 67
USA
93
   Mali 79

2019 FIBA U19 WORLD CUP
FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0)   9. Australiia (5-2)
2. Mali (5-2) 10. Greece (3-4)
3. France (6-1) 11. Argentina (5-2)
4. Lithuania (3-4) 12. Latvia (1-6)
5. Russia (5-2) 13. New Zealand (4-3)
6. Puerto Rico (2-5) 14. Philippines (1-6)
7. Serbia (4-3) 15. Senegal (1-6)
8. Canada (3-4)

16. China (1-6)

   

Kansas State University acclaimed head coach Bruce Weber led the American team to gold. Weber was assisted on the sidelines by college coaches Mike Hopson (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central). The USA team featured five players who had one season of college basketball under their belts, and seven players who played in high school in 2018-19. The average age of the squad was 18.08 years of age. 

Behind a 20-point performance from Reggie Perry and 16 points from Scottie Barnes, the USA raced past New Zealand 111-71 in the opening game of the 2019 U19 World Cup. The USA forced 26 turnovers and scored 40 points in transition in a hard-fought 102-84 win over Lithuania as Cade Cunningham and Tyrese Haliburton each finished with 21 points in the win. Behind a balanced scoring effort that featured six players in double digit scoring, including a game-high 14 points from Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs, the U.S. rolled to an 87-58 victory over Senegal to improve to 3-0 and earn the No. 1 seed out of Group A for the round of 16.

Six players scored in double digits as the USA dismantled Latvia 116-66 in the round of 16. Trevion Williams posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds and Cunningham tallied 11 points and a USA U19 single-game record 10 assists to lead the USA’s winning effort.

The USA jumped on Russia right from the start and took a 51-27 lead at the midway point. Russia fought back to close within nine points near the end of the third quarter, 66-57, however, the USA regained control and opened a 79-60 lead and went on to lead by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter before earning a 95-80 win. Perry made 10-of-15 shots to lead the USA with 28 points, while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

A 15-0 run early in the third quarter was a turning point for the USA in its 102-67 semifinal win over Lithuania. Green finished with 18 points; Suggs added 15 points and six steals, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Facing the surprise team of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup for the gold medal, the first half was a tightly contested game and the the USA led Mali 42-40 after a back-and-forth first half. The red, white and blue opened the third period with a 12-0 run that became a 17-2 stretch that pushed the lead to 59-42 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. Mali did not get closer than seven points for the remainder of the game as the USA went on to post a 93-79 victory. Cunningham paced the USA in the gold medal victory with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Suggs scored 15 points to go with five rebounds; Robinson-Earl scored 13 points and added  seven boards and Barnes finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Perry, who led the USA in scoring and rebounding averaging 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, was named MVP of the tournament. Joining Perry on the five-member all-tournament team was U.S. teammate Tyrese Haliburton, who posted 7.9 points and team-high 6.9 assists a game. 

"Obviously, it’s a real honor and I think our players appreciate it too," said Weber about capturing the gold. "When the national anthem starts playing and you have a gold medal on, it’s special. I know it brought a little bit of tears to me. You’re just so proud to be part of it.

"Our guys have been great since day one, they bought in. Everybody said we played hard, but it was them that played hard, and man they played hard. When we shared the ball and played hard, and played good defense, we were unstoppable."

 
 

2019 USA MEN'S U19 WORLD CUP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Scottie Barnes
F
6-8
210
17
University School West Palm Beach, FL
Cade Cunningham
G
6-7
215
17
Montverde Acacemy (FL) Arlington, TX
Jalen Green
G
6-5
175
17
Prolific Prep Fresno, CA
Tyrese Haliburton
G
6-5
172
19
Iowa State University Oshkosh, WI
Kira Lewis Jr.
G
6-3
160
18
University of Alabama Meridianville, AL
Isaac Likekele
G
6-4
210
19
Oklahoma State University Arlington, TX
Evan Mobley
F
6-11
190
18
Rancho Christian School Temecula, CA
Reggie Perry
F
6-10
245
19
Mississippi State University Thomasville, GA
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
F
6-8
205
18
IMG Academy (FL) Overland Park, KS
Jalen Suggs
G
6-4
194
18
Minnehaha High School Minneapolis, MN
Trevion Williams
F
6-8
280
18
Purdue University Chicago, IL
Ziaire Williams
F
6-7
193
17
Notre Dame H.S. Sherman Oaks, CA
 
Head Coach:  Bruce Weber, Kansas State University
Assistant Coach:  Mike Hopkins, University of Washington
Assistant Coach:  LeVelle Motor, North Carolina Central University
Team Physician:  Diane Dahm, Mayo Clinic
Athletic Trainer:  Ernie Sedelmyer, U.S. Air Force Academy


2019 USA MEN'S U19 WORLD CUP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Perry
7/7
38-  76
.500
2-    8
.250
14-  20
.700
55/  7.9
92/ 13.1
13
7
10
Robinson-Earl
7/7
28-  63
.603
1-    9
.111
12-  16
.750
44/  6.3
89/ 12.7
4
6
12
Cunningham
7/7
33-  81
.407
1-  14
.071
15-  20
.750
34/  4.9
82/ 11.7
40
6
10
Green
7/0
25-  63
.397
6-  29
.206
15-  20
.750
15/  2.1
71/ 10.1
9
2
12
Barnes
7/0
26-  48
.542
1-    2
.500
15-  23
.652
34/  4.9
68/   9.7
19
4
7
Suggs
7/7
19-  64
.297
9-  36
.250
20-  26
.769
19/  2.7
67/   9.6
14
0
17
T. Williams
7/0
23-  52
.442
0-    2
.000
15-  29
.517
46/  6.6
61/   8.7
12
1
8
Likekele
7/0
25-  49
.510
1-    6
.167
  8-  16
.500
41/  5.9
59/   8.4
22
1
13
Haliburton
7/7
22-  32
.688
10-  18
.555
  1-    3
.333
17/  2.4
55/   7.9
48
5
16
Z. Williams
7/0
13-  24
.542
3-  11
.273
  3-    6
.500
  5/  0.7
32/   4.6
7
3
6
Lewis Jr.
7/0
11-  21
.524
6-  11
.545
  0-    0
.---
  8/  1.1
28/   4.0
12
2
1
Mobley
2/0
  0-    2
.000
0-    0
.---
  2-    2
1.000
2/  1.0
2/   1.0
0
1
0
USA TOTALS
7
273-575
.475
40-146
.274
120-181
.663
349/49.9
706/100.9
200
38
112
OPP. TOTALS
7
185-488
.379
57-189
.302
  78-122
.639
292/41.7
505/ 72.1
117
31
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