USA U19 Men to Face Australia, Mali and Turkey in FIBA U19 World Cup Preliminary Games
FIBA held the draw to determine preliminary round groups for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men, and the defending U19 gold medalists USA has been drawn into Group D, alongside Australia, Mali and Turkey for the July 3-6 preliminary round.
The USA will open play against Turkey on July 3, followed by Mali on July 4 and close preliminary play against Australia on July 6. Times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.
Featuring U19 teams from 16 nations, the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men is scheduled to be held July 3-11 in Riga and Daugavpils, Latvia. In addition to the USA and host Latvia, teams that will take part in this summer’s U19 World Cup include Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Lithuania, Mali, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey.
Group A is comprised of Canada, Japan, Lithuania and Senegal; Group B includes Iran, Latvia, Puerto Rico and Serbia; while Group C features Argentina, France, Spain and South Korea.
Teams will play round-robin preliminary games against the other three teams in their respective pools. Teams will be seeded following the preliminary round based on group results, and all 16 teams advance to the round of 16. Winning teams continue to advance through the medal round, while the losing teams will compete in classification games for 9th-16th places.
Reigning FIBA U19 World Cup gold medalist, USA men’s teams have won seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal while compiling an 98-14 overall record in U19 World Cup play since the event was launched in 1979. Even more impressive, the USA has won four of the past six U19 golds since 2009.
With the exception of Africa, due to COVID-19, U18 continental championships were not held last year. The USA earned its berth to the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup by virtue of its No. 1 ranking in FIBA Americas.
Trials to select the 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be held June 20-22, and the coaching staff and trials invitees will be announced at a later date.