FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup For Men Draw Completed
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) conducted the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup for Men draw today in Cairo, Egypt, and announced the four preliminary round groupings for the championship. Two-time defending champion United States was drawn into Group D for preliminary round games and will open against Iran on July 1, face Angola on July 2 and will cap preliminary round action versus Italy on July 4 (all game times to be announced by FIBA at a later date).
The United States, which earned its U19 berth by virtue of claiming gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, will look to add to its six gold medals at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt. Angola (FIBA Africa) and Iran (FIBA Asia) also earned gold medals at their respective U18 zone qualifying tournaments in advancing to the 2017 U19 World Cup, while Italy collected the bronze medal in the European zone.
Training camp to select the 12-member USA team will be held June 18-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
In addition to host Egypt, which earned the silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Africa U18 Championship, nations qualified for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship include Angola (gold medalist) and Mali (bronze medalist) from FIBA Africa; Iran (gold medalist), Japan (silver medalist) and South Korea (bronze medalist) from FIBA Asia; while FIBA Americas teams include the United States (gold medalist), Canada (silver medalist), Brazil (bronze medalist) and Puerto Rico (fourth place); France (gold medalist), Lithuania (silver medalist), Italy (bronze medalist), Germany (fourth place) and Spain (fifth place) from FIBA Europe; and New Zealand (gold medalist) from FIBA Oceania.
Drawn into Group A were France, New Zealand, South Korea and a nation from the Americas to be determined by FIBA at a later date. Brazil claimed bronze at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to qualify for this summer’s U19 tournament. However, the Brazil Basketball Federation has since been suspended by FIBA. Group B includes Egypt, Germany, Lithuania and Puerto Rico; while Group C features Canada, Japan, Mali and Spain.
Following the preliminary round, all 16 teams will be seeded according to group play, and will advance to the July 5 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 7 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 8, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 9.
Originally 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, and recently modified the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 changed its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.
In the 12 previous U19 competitions held, the USA men’s teams have won six gold and three silver medals, including gold in three of the past four U19 championships (2009, 2013 and 2015). In 2015, led by Jalen Brunson, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson, the USA men finished 7-0 to capture gold, and now own an all-time win-loss record of 85-13 in the competition.
Past USA U19 teams have included standouts such as: Stacey Augmon (1987), Vin Baker (1991), Brunson (MVP of the 2015 U19 World Championship), Vince Carter (1995), Nick Collison (1999), Stephen Curry (2007), Terrance Ferguson (2015), 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).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2013-16 compiled a spectacular 129-2 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions.
USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 World Cups; men’s FIBA U17 World Cup; men’s and women’s FIBA Americas U18 championships; men’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games (3x3).
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