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2015 USA Basketball Team Of The Year

USA Men's And Women's U19 World Championship Teams Share 2015 USA Basketball Team Of The Year Award

  • Date:
    Dec 10, 2015

2015 USA Basketball Team of the Year Award Video

In recognition of spectacular, undefeated, gold-medal performances at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships this past summer, the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s U19 World Championship Teams were named as co-recipients of the 2015 USA Basketball Team of the Year Award.

“These two USA U19 teams represented the United States with tremendous sportsmanship and teamwork on their way to gold medals, ” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “The FIBA U19 World Championships are extremely competitive tournaments that feature the best talent from around the world, including young professional players. The USA U19 teams played truly impressive basketball, and we are proud to celebrate their golden achievements.”

The 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team, which averaged 18.08 years of age, won seven-straight games at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship by an average of 25.3 points per contest from June 27-July 5 in Crete, Greece. The title was the USA’s second-consecutive gold medal at the event.

“This summer in my role as head coach of the U19 men's national team, I was surrounded by a great coaching staff of Ed Cooley and my brother Archie Miller,” said Sean Miller (University of Arizona). “We worked together to build the best and most cohesive team possible. These two coaches deserve tremendous credit for our team's success. We were blessed to have a team that was both talented and unselfish. Our players worked hard every day, put aside their individual egos for team success and bought into our identity of playing ‘pressure basketball.’ They were an incredibly fun group to coach. To win the gold medal with these players and staff was the most exciting moment of my lifetime in sports.”

Averaging 18.16 years of age, the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team’s margin of victory was 32.1 points per game as it collected seven wins and the USA’s sixth-straight women’s U19 gold medal from July 18-26 in Chekhov, Russia.

“I thought we had quality human beings,” said USA women’s U19 head coach Dawn Staley (University of South Carolina). “Each of them were great players, but when they put on that USA basketball uniform they played their roles. They all did a great job playing some great basketball.”

USA Basketball Team of the Year Award History
2015 *USA Men’s & Women’s U19 World Championship Teams
2014 *USA Men’s World Cup & Women’s World Championship Team
2013 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team
2012 *U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic Teams
2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team
2010 *USA Men’s & Women’s World Championship Teams
2009 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team
2008 *U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic Teams
2007 *USA Men’s FIBA Americas Championship/National Team
& Women’s FIBA Americas Championship/National Team
2006 USA Men’s World Championship/National Team
2005 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team
2004 U.S. Women’s Olympic/National Team

USA World Championship For Young Women Team
2002 USA Women’s World Championship Team
2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team
2000 U.S. Women’s Olympic/National Team
1999 USA Men’s Pre-Olympic Tournament of the Americas Team
1998 USA Men’s Goodwill Games Team
1997 USA Women’s Junior World Championship Team
1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic/National Team
*Co-recipients

This year marks the 20th time USA Basketball has presented its Team of the Year award, which first was earned in 1996 by the historic USA Women’s Olympic/National Team.

In the preliminary round, the USA men beat Iran 83-53, Croatia 103-81 and Egypt 92-50. The USA downed Argentina 93-45 in the round of 16, Italy 86-65 in the quarterfinals, host Greece 82-76 in the semifinals and Croatia 79-71 in overtime in the gold medal game.

U.S. guard Jalen Brunson (Villanova/Lincolnshire, Ill.) was named MVP after averaging 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and a U.S. men’s U19 record 5.6 assists per game. Brunson also was the tournament’s top free-throw shooter at 85.2 percent. Forward Harry Giles (Forest Trail Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), who averaged 14.0 ppg. and 10.6 rpg., joined Brunson on the five-member all-tournament team.

“It was definitely special because of all the off-the-court moments with the coaches and the players,” Brunson said. “We really bonded on the long flight over there and the time we spent in hotels. Also, we relied on each other, and the bonding time made it special. All the off-the-court chemistry made us special on the court.”

The USA’s average of 19.1 apg. set a USA men’s U19 competition record, and its 55.6 percent shooting from 3-point (5-9 3pt FGs) against Italy on July 3 was a U.S. single-game high. Additionally, Chinanu Onauku’s (Louisville/Lanham, Md.) four blocks against Croatia on July 5 tied the U.S. single-game record.

The USA led the 16-team field in seven team statistical categories, including scoring margin, points per game (88.3), total points (618), field goal percentage (.486), blocks per game (6.4), steals per game (13.0) and efficiency (107.9).

The team also featured: Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech/Dayton, Ohio); Juwan Evans (Oklahoma State/Dallas, Texas); Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/Dallas, Texas); Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.); L.J. Peak (Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.); Caleb Swanigan (Purdue/Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis Mo.); Allonzo Trier (Arizona/Seattle, Wash.); Thomas Welsh (UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.); and assistant coaches Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton).

Prior to the start of the FIBA U19 World Championship, the USA tallied two exhibition victories in Crete, including a 90-82 win over Greece on June 23 and an 86-75 victory over Argentina on June 24.

In the preliminary round of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, the USA beat Spain 72-57, China 88-62 and Egypt 104-41. The USA downed Argentina 89-39 in the round of 16, Canada 93-45 in the quarterfinals, Spain 80-65 in the semifinals and host Russia 78-70 in a hard-fought gold medal game.

U.S. forward A’ja Wilson (South Carolina/Hopkins, S.C.), who was named MVP of the tournament, scored a USA U19 women’s single-game record 30 points against Russia in the final and averaged a USA U19 women’s record 18.3 ppg. She set a U.S. women’s U19 single-game record for field goals attempted (21) and tied the mark for field goals made (11) against Russia, and she became just the fourth USA athlete to participate in and claim two U19 gold medals after also winning gold at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Forward Napheesa Collier (Connecticut/O’Fallon, Mo.), who added 12.7 ppg., 9.3 rpg., 2.4 spg. and 2.0 apg., also was named to the five-member all-tournament team.

“We all brought something different to the team,” Wilson said. “There wasn’t one player on the court that was the same. That really helped us win, and that was the great part. We had great team chemistry that brought us together as well.”

The U.S. women led the 16-team field in points per game (86.3), scoring margin (+32.1), field goal percentage (.439), rebounding margin (+21.6) and assists (20.1).

The team tied the USA women’s U19 single-game record with nine blocked shots against Egypt on July 21.

The USA U19 women’s team also featured: Kristine Anigwe (California/Phoenix, Ariz.); Lauren Cox (Flower Mound H.S./Flower Mound, Texas); Crystal Dangerfield (Blackman H.S./Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Mariya Moore (Louisville/Richmond, Calif.); Gabbi Ortiz (Oklahoma/Racine, Wis.); Ali Patberg (Notre Dame/Columbus, Ind.); Destiny Slocum (Mountain View H.S./Meridian, Idaho); Azurá Stevens (Duke/Raleigh, N.C.); Shakayla Thomas (Florida State/Sulacauga, Ala.); Chatrice White (Illinois/Shelby, Neb.); and assistant coaches Kim Barnes Arico (Michigan) and Jeff Walz (Louisville).

Prior to the U19 worlds, the USA tallied a 3-0 exhibition record in the Spain U19 International Tournament in Murcia, Spain, including an 85-82 win over Australia on July 12, a 95-40 win over Canada on July 13 and a 75-51 victory against host Spain on July 14.

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