Just the Facts: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men
OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team
EVENT SITE: Valdivia, Chile
EVENT VENUE: TBD
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: FIBAAmericas.com
DATE OF DRAW: TBD
COMPETITION DATES: July 19-23, 2016
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: TBD
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and an international site TBD.
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be 18-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/98) and U.S. citizens.
2016 QUALIFIED TEAMS (8): Earning automatic berths from North America are Canada and the United States; Argentina, Brazil and Chile punched their tickets by finishing in the top three of the 2015 South American U17 Championship; while Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands took the three berths available from the 2015 Centrobasket U17 Championship.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS: TBD (two groups of four teams each)
USA EVENT HISTORY: Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2006 championship and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
USA men's teams are 48-2 in the U18 / Junior World Championship Qualifiers and won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
USA U18 NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: USA U18 team members of note include: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1994); Carmelo Anthony (2002); Michael Beasley (2006); Chris Bosh (2002); Dee Brown (2002); Nick Collison (1998); Jonny Flynn (2006); Spencer Hawes (2006); Grant Hill (1990); Allan Houston (1990); Andre Iguodala (2002); Kyrie Irving (2010); Stanley Johnson (2014); Stephon Marbury (1994); Mike Miller (1998); Quentin Richardson (1998); Austin Rivers (2010); Kyle Singler (2006); Marcus Smart (2012); Jarnell Stokes (2012); Rasheed Sulaimon (2012); Kemba Walker (2008); Deron Williams (2002); and Justise Winslow (2014).
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