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1987 USA Men's Junior World Championship Team

THIRD FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1987

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Bormio, Italy - July 29 - August 5, 1987


A young and talented Yugoslavian junior team not only captured the gold at the 1987 Junior World Championship, but in the process, twice defeated the two-time defending champion USA team.




1987 USA RESULTS (5-2)
USA
109
Puerto Rico 89
USA
84
Australia 80
USA
100
China 50
Yugoslavia
110
USA 95
USA
98
Nigeria 73
USA
89
Italy 84
Yugoslavia
86
USA 76

1987 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (7-0) 7. Soviet Union (4-3)
2. USA (5-2) 8. Puerto Rico (3-4)
3. Italy (5-2) 9. China (3-4)
4. Federal Republic of Germany (4-3) 10. Brazil (3-4)
5. Australia (4-3) 11. Taiwan (1-6)
6. Canada (4-3) 12. Nigeria (0-7)

Held in Bormio, Italy, the tournament's start was delayed six days after the Bormio area was hit with a disastrous mud slide and flood. Coach Larry Brown's USA squad had hopes of capturing the United States' third FIBA Junior World Championship in as many tries, and with a talented roster featuring 6-foot-7 Lionel Simmons, 6-foot-2 Stephen Thompson, 7-foot-2 Dwayne Schintzius and 6-foot-6 Larry Johnson, the U.S. optimism rightfully was high.

Opening the competition facing Puerto Rico, the United States, led by Thompson's 19 points and 16 points each from Ron Huery and Schintzius, recorded a solid 109-89 victory. Simmons accounted for 16 points as the U.S. held off Australia 84-80, then, one day later, the Americans topped China, 100-50, as Simmons scored 21 points.

Meeting also-unbeaten Yugoslavia, the U.S. was handed a 110-95 loss as future Yugoslavia sensation Toni Kukoc rocked the U.S. for 37 points. Simmons led the Americans with 20 points. Regrouping, the U.S. defeated Nigeria, 98-73, as six U.S. players scored in double digits, then the Americans upended host Italy, 89-84, as Thompson erupted for 23 points.

Owning a 5-1 record, the U.S. faced Yugoslavia in the finals, one victory away from the gold. Limiting Yugoslavia's Kukoc the second time around to just nine points, it was Yugoslavia's big men, future Los Angeles Laker Vlade Divac and Boston Celtic draftee Dino Radja who did the damage. Six-foot-10 Radja accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while 7-foot-1 Divac added 20 points and 15 rebounds. The U.S fell behind 29-15, but rallied to take a 43-40 lead at halftime. Yugoslavia, behind the play of its powerful front line regained control and momentum in the second half and went on to take the gold with an 86-76 win. The USA offensive attack was paced by 6-foot-3 Kevin Pritchard's 15 points, while Simmons added 13.

1987 USA Men's Junior World Championship Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Stacey Augmon
F
6-8
215
18
Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Robert Brickey
G
6-5
205
19
Duke Fayetteville, NC
Ron Huery
G
6-6
190
20
Arkansas Memphis, TN
Larry Johnson
F
6-6
230
18
Nevada-Las Vegas Dallas, TX
Gary Payton
G
6-2
172
19
Oregon State Oakland, CA
Kevin Pritchard
G
6-3
168
19
Kansas Lawrence, KS
Dwayne Schintzius
C
7-2
245
18
Florida Brandon,FL
Lionel Simmons
F
6-7
210
18
LaSalle Philadelphia, PA
LaBradford Smith
F
6-5
180
19
Louisville Bay City, TX
Stephen Thompson
G
6-2
190
19
Syracuse Los Angeles, CA
Brian Williams
C
6-10
220
18
Maryland Los Angeles, CA
Scott Williams
C
6-10
225
19
North Carolina Hacienda Heights, CA
HEAD COACH: Larry Brown, University of Kansas
ASSISTANT COACH: Marshall Hamilton, Broughton H.S. (NC)
ASSISTANT COACH: Gary Williams, Ohio State University
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Gerard Lawrence, Willimantic, CT
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Troy Young, Arizona State University
1987 USA Men's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT 3PM-3PA PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Simmons 7
42- 69
.609 0- 0 .000
21- 33
.636
49/ 7.0
105/ 15.0
11
7
14
Thompson 7
38- 67
.567 0- 0 .000
14- 30
.467
22/ 3.1
90/ 12.9
5
2
16
Schintzius 7
30- 50
.600 0- 0 .000
11- 16
.688
36 / 5.1
71/ 10.1
3
8
3
Huery 7
26- 54
.583 5- 18 .278
8- 15
.533
5/ 0.7
65/ 9.3
6
2
11
S. Williams 7
24- 45
.523 1- 1 1.000
13- 19
.684
32/ 4.5
62/ 8.9
1
2
13
Johnson 7
23- 41
.575 0- 1 .000
13- 19
.684
39/ 5.6
59/ 8.4
4
0
8
Brickey 7
21- 35
.600 0- 0 .000
9- 13
.692
32/ 4.6
51/ 7.3
4
5
4
Pritchard 7
22- 35
.700 1- 5 .200
3- 7
.429
11/ 1.6
48/ 6.9
5
0
7
Augmon 6
10- 13
.750 1- 1 1.000
6- 9
.667
16/ 2.7
27/ 4.5
1
0
2
B. Williams 6
10- 19
.526 0- 0 .000
5- 11
.454
25/ 4.2
25/ 4.2
1
3
4
Payton 7
13- 25
.545 1- 3 .333
1- 3
.333
7/ 1.0
28/ 4.0
7
1
16
Smith 7
6- 18
.385 1- 5 .200
7- 7
1.000
6/ 0.9
20/ 2.9
7
1
5
USA 7
265-471
.563 10- 34 .294
111-182
.610
280/40.0
651 /93.0
55
31
103
OPP. 7
211-479
.440 47-105 .448
103-164
.628
176/25.1
572/ 81.7
35
8
107

 

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