ESPN Networks To Present 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team Games
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fans in the United States will be able to watch all of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team’s games live from the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on various ESPN networks.
The U.S. squad’s opening game versus Greece on Aug. 8 will be carried on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. (all times listed are EDT), followed by a clash against Angola on Aug. 9 to be televised on ESPNU and available on WatchESPN at 8:30 a.m., while the USA’s final preliminary round game against Philippines on Aug. 11 can be seen on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 10:45 a.m. Should the U.S. squad advance, ESPNU/WatchESPN or ESPN3 will carry the USA’s round of 16 (Aug. 12, time TBD) quarterfinal (Aug. 14, time TBD) and semifinal (Aug. 15, time TBD) games. The 2014 FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship gold medal game will be carried on ESPN3 at 1:00 p.m.
“ESPN is providing great exposure for USA Basketball’s Men’s U17 World Championship Team and for FIBA and international basketball,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “I think fans across the country will really enjoy watching these young stars compete for their country. The USA is hoping to defend its title at the FIBA U17 World Championship, but there are plenty of talented teams from around the world that are also hoping to claim gold. This event truly showcases America’s future in basketball. In 2010 we had players such as Bradley Beal and André Drummond suit up for the USA U17 World Championship Team and now they’re in the mix for this year’s USA World Cup Team. In 2012, the team included Jabari Parker, who was the No. 2 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. I think that fans tuning into these games will really enjoy the talent on display; it will truly be an exciting event to watch.”
The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship For Men, hosted Aug. 8-16 by Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will feature 16 national teams that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments. Players eligible for this competition must be citizens of the country they represent and have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Two-time defending U17 gold medalist, the USA has a perfect 16-0 record at the U17s. The U.S. qualified for this year’s U17s by virtue of its gold-medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Currently training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team will continue practicing twice daily through Aug. 1 before traveling to Doha, Qatar, to train Aug. 3-5. The squad will arrive in Dubai on Aug. 6 for its final days of training prior to the tip-off of the third FIBA U17 World Championship for Men.
The 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team was named on July 29 and includes: Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School/ Edison, N.J.); Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.); Terrence Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ Southfield, Mich.); V.J. King (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S./Akron, Ohio); Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.); Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif.); Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.).
The USA U17 squad is coached by five-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Don Showalter (Iowa City High School, Iowa) and joining him on the sideline as USA assistant coaches are Eric Flannery (St. Edward High School, Ohio) and L.J. Goolsby (KC Run GMC, Kan.).
In addition to UAE and the USA, qualified for the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championship are: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Spain.
2010 was 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 tournament 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 rolled up a perfect 8-0 slate en route to gold.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
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