USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s Teams Selected for Summer Youth Olympic Games
USA Basketball has selected the winning teams from the 2018 USA 3x3 U18 National Championships to represent the United States in the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 basketball competition, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
Athletes named to the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team are: Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy/St. Thomas, USVI); Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere High School/Wenatchee, Wash.).
Earning a spot on the 2018 USA men’s squad are: Dudley Blackwell (Westminster Academy /Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); Jyare Davis (Sanford School /Hockessin, Del.); Patrick McCaffery (West H.S./Iowa City, Iowa); and Carson McCorkle (Greensboro Day School/Greensboro, N.C.).
In addition to their recent USA Basketball experience, three of four athletes on the women’s team and all four on the men’s team have participated in at least one USA Basketball camp.
Headlining the roster are 2017 USA Women’s U16 National Team gold medalists Boston, Brunelle and Bueckers, while Brunelle also captured a bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
On the men’s team, Blackwell and Davis are two-time USA Basketball Junior National Team October minicamp participants and also took part in the 2017 USA U16 National Team camp in June; McCaffery was selected by USA Basketball to participate in the 2018 NCAA Next Generation event last weekend; while McCorkle participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team October minicamp.
Selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 Junior National Team Selection Committee, athletes named to these teams must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000).
A multi-sport event, the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held Oct. 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the basketball competition will be played under FIBA 3x3 rules. It is anticipated that the 2018 event will have representation from 206 different countries in 28 sports, including 3x3 basketball.
The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is organized by the IOC and FIBA. The 2018 Games will include 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams, as well as a dunk contest for men and a shoot-out contest for women.
The 2018 USA 3x3 U18 National Championships, held March 24-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, served as a trials for the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games teams. Team Quest women won the tournament title with a 7-0 record, while the Team Quest men earned the championship with an 8-0 mark. Van Lith took home women’s MVP honors and McCaffery was named the men’s tournament MVP.
The USA 3x3 Junior National Team Selection Committee is chaired by Jay Demings, USA Basketball youth director; and includes USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan; Samson Kayode, USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant director; and Craig Moore, a two-time USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team member, serves as the athlete representative.
Summer Youth Olympic Games
The USA women, by virtue of a gold medal finish at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, and Argentina as the host nation, are assured a spot in the women’s 3x3 YOG tournament. The remaining 18 places were allocated based on the FIBA world ranking as of April 1, 2018, and include: Andorra, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Venezuela.
The USA women have competed in both editions of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, own a 19-1 record overall, and captured gold at in 2014 and bronze in 2010. Briyona Canty, Andraya Carter, Amber Henson and Kiah Stokes teamed up on the 2010 squad, while the 2014 USA team was comprised of De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier, Arike Ogunbowale and Katie Lou Samuelson.
Argentina, as the host nation, and Belgium, by virtue of its gold medal finish at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, are assured a spot in the men’s 3x3 YOG tournament. The remaining 18 places were allocated based on the FIBA world ranking as of April 1, 2018, and include: Andorra, Brazil, China, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
The USA men competed in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games and finished in fourth place with a 5-2 record. That team was comprised of K.C. Caudill, Angelo Chol, Sterling Gibbs and Brandan Kearney. The USA did not qualify a men’s team for the 2014 YOG.