Training Camp Resumes In Houston, Texas, July 11 For 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Finalists
It is back to work for the 17 finalists for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team as the group reconvenes its training July 11-15 in Houston, Texas. The final 12-member USA team will be announced prior to the team departing on July 15 for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men that is being held July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.
The USA U18 training camp will get underway in Houston, at Strake Jesuit High School at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on July 11. The team will practice twice a day, at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on July 12-14 and conclude its domestic training on July 15 with training at 9:30 a.m.
Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep, W.Va./Flint, Mich.), who was also named a U18 finalist, withdrew due to family reasons.
The USA captured gold at the 2014 Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a perfect 5-0 record. The USA men boast of a 48-2 all-time win-loss record in FIBA Americas U18 competitions and are seven-time gold medalists, while earning silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
The USA team, playing in Group B, will open the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 preliminary play on July 19 against Puerto Rico, followed by a July 20 contest against host Chile and a July 21 game versus the U.S. Virgin Islands. Group A teams include Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Dominican Republic.
After playing each of the teams in its preliminary round group, the top two finishing teams from each group advance to the July 22 semifinals, while the bottom two teams from each group will play out for fifth-eighth places. On July 23, the semifinal winners will meet in the gold medal game, and the semifinal losers will play in the bronze medal game.
“Our coaching staff is excited about resuming practice in Houston and traveling with this terrific group to Chile. Our number one goal as a team is to become extremely connected around a single goal, to win a gold medal,” Smart said. “We’re very much looking forward to coaching a group of men that will wear USA across their chest and represent our country. It’s going to be an exciting journey.”
Athletes eligible for this team must be 18-years-old or younger (born on or after 1/1/98) and U.S. citizens.
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.
The list of players who have competed for USA U18 national teams include: 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).