USA Men Draw Group B for 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup
FIBA today conducted the draw for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for Men in Rosario, Argentina, and the USA was placed into Group B where in the preliminary round it will face Mali, Serbia and the second-place team from the 2018 FIBA Asia U16 Championship that will be played April 2-8.
The FIBA U17 World Cup will take place June 30-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.
Group A includes Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turkey and the first-place team from the 2018 FIBA Asia U16 Championship. Playing in Group C will be Canada, Egypt, Montenegro and the third-place team from the 2018 FIBA Asia U16 Championship. Group D features Argentina, Croatia, France and the fourth-place team from the 2018 FIBA Asia U16 Championship. Game times are still to be determined.
The FIBA U17 World Cup, which is held every two years, originated in 2010 and features the world’s top 17-year-old and younger players. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).
Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the round of 16 on July 4. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 6, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 7, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 8.
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U17 worlds last summer by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with a 5-0 record.
Training camp to select the members of the 12-member 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team will be held June 15-23 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 12-member roster will be finalized prior to the team’s departure for the competition in Argentina.
Overall, the USA is a perfect 30-0 in FIBA U17 World Cup play.
In 2010, the inaugural FIBA U17 World Cup for Men, the USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record, and Brad Beal was tabbed MVP. In 2012, Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again captured gold. In 2014, the U.S. claimed gold as Malik Newman earned MVP and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team. In the most recent edition, Collin Sexton came off the bench to lead the USA to gold and earn MVP honors, while Wendell Carter Jr. was named all-tournament.
Some of the more recognizable names who have played for USA men’s U17 teams include: Beal (2010), Carter (2016), Quinn Cook (2010), Harry Giles (2014), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James Michael McAdoo (2010), Newman (2014), Okafor (2012), Jabari Parker (2012), Sexton (2016), Stone (2014), Gary Trent Jr. (2016) and Winslow (2012).