Just the Facts: 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women
OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team
EVENT SITE: Zaragoza, Spain
EVENT VENUE: TBD
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: fiba.com/world/u17women/2016
DATE OF DRAW: April 13, 2016
COMPETITION DATES: June 22-July 2, 2016
USA BASKETBALL TRIALS DATES: May 26-30, 2016 (As it has done previously for its U16/U17 teams, USA Basketball will conduct open trials to determine the 12-player roster for the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team.)
USA BASKETBALL TRIALS SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: May 31-June 3 and June 7-21, 2016
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: Colorado Springs, Colorado; TBD, Spain.
EVENT DESCRIPTION: First held in 2010, the FIBA U17 World Championship features the world’s top 17-year-old and younger players. FIBA currently holds U17 World Championships every two years.
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U17 worlds last summer by capturing bronze at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with a 4-1 record.
ELIGIBILITY: Athletes eligible for this team must be 17-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/99) and U.S. citizens.
2016 QUALIFIED TEAMS (16): In addition to host Spain, nations qualified for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship include: Nigeria and Mali from FIBA Africa; Canada, Brazil, the United States and Mexico from FIBA Americas; China, Japan and South Korea from FIBA Asia; Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia and Portugal from FIBA Europe; and Australia from FIBA Oceania.
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS:
Group A: Canada, Latvia, Japan and Nigeria
Group B: Australia, China, France and Mexico
Group C: Czech Republic, Italy, South Korea and USA
Group D: Brazil, Mali, Portugal and Spain
EVENT HISTORY: USA women's teams are 23-0 in the U17 World Championships, capturing a third-consecutive gold in 2014 with a 7-0 record. In 2010 the USA squad outscored opponents by 37.4 points a game. In 2012 Diamond DeShields was named MVP of the tournament, with Linnae Harper joining DeShields on the all-tournament team as the USA won by an average of 35.0 ppg. In the most recent edition, Joyner Holmes and Katie Lou Samuelson were named to the five-member all-tournament team after helping the USA edge host Spain 77-75 in the gold medal game.
USA U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: Noteable players to represent the U.S. include: DeShields (2012); Asia Durr (2014); Rebecca Greenwell (2012); Jewell Loyd (2010); Arike Ogunbowale (2014); Taya Reimer (2012); Samuelson (2014); Breanna Stewart (2010); and Elizabeth Williams (2010)
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