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2018 USA Men's U18 National Team celebration

JUST THE FACTS: 2020 FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN  

  • Date:
    Mar 3, 2020

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2020 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men >> CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. THE USA EARNED AN AUTOMATIC BERTH TO THE 2021 FIBA U19 WORLD CUP DUE TO BEING THE NO. 1 RANKED PROGRAM IN THE FIBA AMERICAS ZONE.
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2020 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The 2020 FIBA Americas U18 Championship would have featured eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams were set to earn a qualifying berth to the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup. However, due to the worldwide pandemic, FIBA awarded an automatic berth to the top two ranked teams in the Americas Zone, the No. 1 USA and No. 2 Canada. The final two spots will either come from a smaller qualifying tournament for the remainder of the zone or FIBA will select the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked programs in the Americas to compete in the 2020 FIBA U19 World Cup.
2020 QUALIFIED TEAMS (8): Originally earning automatic berths to the now-cancelled event from North America were Canada and the United States; Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay punched their tickets by finishing in the top three of the 2019 South American U17 Championship; and Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico earned the three berths available from the 2019 Centrobasket U17 Championship.
USA EVENT HISTORY: Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2006 championship, and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer, for nations that advance, by the FIBA U19 World Cup. USA men's teams are 59-2 in the U18/Junior World Championship Qualifiers and won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
USA U18 NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS OF NOTE: USA U18 team members of note include: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1994); Carmelo Anthony (2002); Chris Bosh (2002); Dee Brown (2002); Nick Collison (1998); Jonny Flynn (2006); Markelle Fultz (2016); Quade Green (2016); Quentin Grimes (2018); Grant Hill (1990); Allan Houston (1990); Andre Iguodala (2002); Kyrie Irving (2010); Stanley Johnson (2014); Stephon Marbury (1994); Mike Miller (1998); Michael Porter Jr. (2016); Quentin Richardson (1998); Austin Rivers (2010); Kyle Singler (2006); Marcus Smart (2012); Jarnell Stokes (2012); Rasheed Sulaimon (2012); Kemba Walker (2008); Coby White (2018); Deron Williams (2002); and Justise Winslow (2014).
FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Gold: USA (9), Argentina (1), Puerto Rico (1)
Silver: Argentina (4), Brazil (2), Canada (3), USA (1), Venezuela (1)
Bronze: Argentina (1), Brazil (4), Canada (3), Dominican Republic (1), Puerto Rico (1), USA (1)
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