Eighteen Finalists Announced for 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team
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The finalists will continue training twice a day in Colorado Springs, and the final, 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be announced prior to the team’s June 24 departure for Greece, and the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup .
The finalists selections were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
“I am not overstating things if I say this was an incredibly difficult selection process,” said Matt Painter, USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee chair and Purdue University head coach. “Each of the 31 players involved in this training camp performed at a high level and brought some tangible skill strengths to the training camp for the committee to consider.
“We feel like our group of finalists offers coach Weber and his staff outstanding athleticism and versatility, and the talent to become a very good defensive team.”
The USA U19 squad is being led by head coach Bruce Weber (Kansas State), and assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central).
FIBA U19 World Cup
First held in 1979 and known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the U19 World Cup features the world’s top 19-year-old and younger players. FIBA holds U19 World Cups every two years. In the 13 U19 competitions held, USA men’s teams have won six gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal, including gold in three of the past five U19 World Cups (2009, 2013 and 2015), and own a 91-14 all-time record at the event.
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U19 Worlds in 2018 by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 6-0 record.
The 16 participating teams have beendivided into four groups for preliminary, round-robin games, and the USA was drawn into Group A. The USA will open preliminary play in 2019 against New Zealand on June 29, then face Lithuania on June 30 and Senegal on July 2.
Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the round of 16 on July 3. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 5, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 6, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 7.
Past USA U19 teams have included standouts such as: (1987), (1991), MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup (2015), (1995), (1999), (2007), (2015), (1979), (MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), (2011), (2013), (2009), (1987), (2011), (1995), (2011), (2013), (1987), (1979), (2017),(2003), (2013), (2009), (1983), (2017), (2003), (2013), (2017) and