After another impressive showing in 2016, USA Basketball has won the gold medal in each of the four FIBA U17 World Championships contested since 2010. The biennial event has seen the U.S. compile a perfect 30-0 record, and the MVP each year has been a member of the USA team. Most recently the 2016 team, competing in Zaragoza, Spain, swept its competition by an average margin of victory of 44.6 points a game and dominated the glass by a 24.6 rebounding margin. Further, the USA trailed for fewer than 12 of the 280 minutes played over its seven-game run.
In 2010, the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men, the USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record and Brad Beal was tabbed MVP of the biennial event. In 2012, Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again captured gold. In 2014 the U.S. claimed gold as Malik Newman earned tournament MVP honors and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team. In the most recent edition, MVP Collin Sexton came off the bench to lead the USA to gold and earn MVP honors, while Wendell Carter Jr. was named all-tournament.
Some of the recognizable names who have played for the Men’s U17 teams include: Brad Beal (2010), Wendell Carter Jr. (2016), Quinn Cook (2010), Harry Giles (2014), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James McAdoo (2010), Malik Newman (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2012), Jabari Parker (2012), Collin Sexton (2016), Diamond Stone (2014), Gary Trent Jr. (2016) and Justise Winslow (2012).