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Vote For USA Basketball's Most Memorable Moments of 2019

  • Date:
    Dec 19, 2019


USA Basketball teams saw it all in 2019 - podium sweeps, buzzer beaters, breakout performances and much more. 


But which special performance will be USA Basketball’s Moment of the Year?


You get to help decide. USA Basketball originally identified 16 moments from 2019 and paired them into a bracket. The Round of 16 voting has been completed and the field of contenders now stands at eight.


Vote for your favorite moments of 2019. Quarterfinals voting is open now until Friday (Dec. 20), 5 p.m. EST



Reggie Hearn Hits World Cup Qualifying Winner Against Argentina vs. Ionescu Leads Oregon to Upset Win Over USA Women’s National Team

A corner buzzer-beating jumper from 6-foot-4 guard Reggie Hearn (Stockton Kings) lifted the USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team past Argentina and to an 84-83 win in Greensboro, North Carolina. The win over Argentina improved the American's record to 10-2 in FIBA World Cup Qualifying games and earned the USA a first place finish in Group E.


The USA Women’s National Team entered its Nov. 9 exhibition game versus No. 1 ranked University of Oregon owning an all-time 43-1 record versus NCAA teams, and the Ducks rallied from 11 down midway in the second quarter to knock off the USA 93-86 in front of 11,530 fans in Eugene, Oregon. Leading the Ducks to the victory were two players with heavy USA Basketball experience. Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (Walnut Creek, Ore.), who finished with 30 points (10-20 FGs) and seven assists, has won gold with USA national teams at the Pan Am Games 3x3, U23, U17 and U16 competitions and has also represented the United States in the 3x3 World Cup. Duck teammate Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks, Alaska), who has represented USA Basketball at the World Beach Games 3x3, Pan Am Games 3x3, U19s, U18s and 3x3 World Cup, finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. 




Cade Cunningham Slams the Door on FIBA U19 World Cup Title Game vs. Skylar Diggins-Smith Leads USA Women’s National Team at Texas A&M 


Six-foot-seven 17-year-old Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas) threw down a posterizing dunk and helped lead the USA in its 93-79 gold medal victory over Mali with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The USA U19 men won all seven of its games at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in impressive fashion in Heraklion, Greece.


Behind 19 points and 5-of-8 3-point shooting from WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings/Notre Dame), who played in November for the USA for the first time since becoming a mom, the USA Women's National Team powered its way to a 93-63 win over Texas A&M on Nov. 7, 2019, in College Station, Texas.




USA Men Win First FIBA 3x3 World Cup vs. USA Takes FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup Titles


The USA men compiled a perfect 7-0 record and won its first FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medal after securing a hard-fought 18-14 defensive battle over Latvia in the gold medal game in Amsterdam. The USA golden team consisted of Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.); Damon Huffman (Brown/Petoskey, Mich.); tournament MVP Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.); and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.).


The USA men's and women's  teams rolled through the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup undefeated to capture the gold medal, marking the first time a nation swept the men's and women's 3x3 World Cup titles. Both the USA men and women finished the five day event with perfect 7-0 records. Members of the gold medalist USA Men’s 3x3 U18 World Cup Team included Devin Askew (Mater Dei H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.), Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep/Chicago, Ill.), Dawson Garcia (Prior Lake H.S./Prior Lake, Minn.) and Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.). Members of the gold medalist USA Women’s 3x3 U18 World Cup Team included Olivia Cochran (Carver H.S./Columbus, Ga.), Madison Hayes (East Hamilton H.S./Ooltewah, Tenn.), Rickea Jackson (Detroit Edison Public Academy/Detroit, Mich.) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.). 



U.S. Sweeps Pan American Games 3x3 vs. USA U19 Women Come Back to Win Gold 


The U.S. men's and women's teams both captured gold, making it a sweep for the USA in the Pan American Games 3x3 basketball competition. It was a perfect 7-0 showing by the U.S. Women’s 3x3 Team that was comprised of Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Ore.), Olivia Nelson-Ododa(Connecticut/Winder, Ga.) and Christyn Williams (Connecticut/Little Rock, Ark.). The U.S. men (4-3) saved their best showings of the competition for the final day and in the process staked claim on the first Pan American Games 3x3 gold medal after defeating Brazil 21-12 in the semifinals and Puerto Rico 21-19 in the gold medal game. The USA roster featured Sheldon Jeter (Maine Red Claws/Beaver Falls, Pa.), Dominique Jones (Fort Hays State/Harlem, N.Y.), Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.) and Jon Octeus (Windy City Bulls/Miami, Fla.).


The USA gritted out an improbable 74-70 overtime victory to claim gold at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. With Australia owning a 66-63 lead and in possession of the ball on its offensive endwith just 14 seconds remaining, a USA victory looked extremely unlikely. Australia's Isobel Anstey was called for an unsportsmanlike foul after elbowing USA guard Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.) while attempting to protect the ball. Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa) made one of the two ensuing free throws to reduce Australia's lead to 66-64. Receiving the ball out-of-bounds, the USA’s Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.) made a back-door cut to the basket and Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.) lofted a pass to her for the game-tying basket with 12.5 seconds to play. The USA went on to outscore Australia 8-4 in overtime to claim the win and the gold medal.



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