Just the Facts: 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team
EVENT SITE: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
EVENT VENUE: TBD
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: fiba.com/world/u19/2015
DATE OF DRAW: March 12, 2015 @ 7 p.m. EET (12 p.m. EST) in Crete, Greece
COMPETITION DATES: June 27 - July 5
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: June 12-26, 2015
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Crete, Greece.
EVENT DESCRPITION: First held in 1979 and known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the U19 World Championship features the world’s top 19-year-old and younger players. FIBA currently holds U19 World Championships every two years.
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U19 worlds last summer by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 5-0 record.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be 19-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/96) and U.S. citizens.
2015 QUALIFIED TEAMS (16): In addition to host Greece, nations qualified for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship includes Egypt (gold medalist) and Tunisia (silver medalist) from FIBA Africa; qualified from FIBA Asia are China (gold medalist), Iran (silver medalist) and South Korea (bronze medalist); FIBA Americas qualified teams include the United States (gold medalist), Canada (silver medalist), Dominican Republic (bronze medalist) and Argentina (fourth place); Turkey (gold medalist), Serbia (silver medalist), Croatia (bronze medalist), Spain (fourth place) and Italy (fifth place) qualified out of FIBA Europe; while Australia (gold medalist) earned FIBA Oceania’s lone berth.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: Group A: Croatia, Egypt, Iran, USA || Group B: Argentina, China, Spain, Turkey || Group C: Australia, Canada, Italy, Tunisia || Group D: Dominican Republic, Greece, Serbia, South Korea.
USA EVENT HISTORY: In the 11 U19 competitions held the USA men’s teams have won five gold and three silver medals, including gold in two of the last three U19 championships (2009 and 2013). In 2013 the USA men finished 9-0 to capture gold, and now own an all-time win-loss record of 78-13 in the competition.
USA U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: Members of past USA U19 teams have included standouts such as Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Stephen Curry (2007); Eric Floyd (1979); Aaron Gordon (MVP of the 2013 U19 World Championship); Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011); Montrezl Harrell (2013); Gordon Hayward (2009); Larry Johnson (1987); Jeremy Lamb (2011); Stephon Marbury (1995); Doug McDermott (2011); Jahlil Okafor (2013); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); J.J. Redick (2003); Marcus Smart (2013); Klay Thompson (2009); Scott Skiles (1983); Deron Williams (2003); Justise Winslow (2013); and James Worthy (1979).
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NOTE: The FIBA U19 World Championship was formerly known as the FIBA Junior World Championship; FIBA changed the names of its age-based World Championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility.