menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share

E-Team

Shop

WEAR WHAT THE TEAM WEARS

Shop Now USA Basketball
Dixon

USA Men's U19 World Cup Team Gets First Taste of International Basketball in Latvia

  • Date:
    Jun 30, 2021

The USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team had quite the trip to make it to Riga, Latvia for its first exhibition matchup today against Australia. The USA men were delayed in Dallas to start the trip, forcing them to stay in Frankfurt, Germany, overnight and arriving in Latvia earlier today. Less than 24 hours after traveling 5,344 miles and landing in Riga, the USA took the court in a four-quarter scrimmage that saw the USA win both the first quarter (17-13) and third quarter (22-13) while dropping the second quarter (13-20) and fourth quarter (20-32).

All 12 players for the USA saw game action in this warm-up, with a minimum of seven minutes played each. Jaden Ivey (Purdue/Mishawaka, Ind.) made quick work leading the USA offense with 14 points on 6-of-9 (.667%) shooting from the field to go with two rebounds and one steal in just 13 minutes of action in the game. Caleb Furst (Blackhawk Christian School/Fort Wayne, Ind.) also scored in double figures, contributing 11 points six rebounds (team high three offensive rebounds), and one block in 17 minutes. Chet Holmgren also contributed 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and a team-high two blocks in the contest.

“I think it was an opportunity for us to learn and get better,” said USA head coach Jamie Dixon. “We showed moments, but we weren’t quite ready to play and execute the way we needed to, so I think it was a really good lesson for us. We were trying to prepare and get ready, but our flights got messed up, we got in here late and flew in today. So, we were more concerned with ourselves and we didn’t perform very well.”

“We obviously know this is a work in progress, and we need to spend more time together and understand how to play together,” said Dixon. “Understanding and executing has to be a constant no matter the situation.”

The U.S. owned a 45-39 rebounding advantage and forced Australia into 15 turnovers that were converted into nine points for the USA. The U.S. also outscored Australia in the paint (46-28), in second chance points (16-9) and off the bench (40-20).

The second and final exhibition matchup slated for the USA is on Thursday, July 1, at 5:15 a.m. The USA is seeking its fourth gold medal in the last five FIBA U19 World Cups at the July 3-11 FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga.

The USA’s assistant coaches are Jerod Haase (Stanford) and James Jones (Yale).

FIBA World Cup

Featuring U19 teams from 16 nations, the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup 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.

The USA was drawn into Group D, alongside Australia, Mali and Turkey for the July 3-6 FIBA U19 World Cup 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.

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.

 



Related Tags:

Related Videos

USA Men U19 Highlight Vs Mali

Tags

USA Men's U19 Highlights vs. Turkey

Tags

USA Men's U19 World Cup Team 83, Turkey 54

The USA Men’s and Women's U19 and Men’s 3x3 World Cup teams share the USA Basketball Team of the Year award.

After each led USA teams to perfect records and gold medals in FIBA U19 World Cup play, Jeff Walz and Bruce Weber are co-recipients of the 2019 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award.

Related Content

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

Alabama Buck Johnson (1983) Kira Lewis Jr. (2019) Archbishop Mitty H.S. (CA) Aaron Gordon (2013) Arizona Khalid Reeves (1991) Edward Stokes (1991) Michael Wright (1999) Arizona State Jamal Faulkner (1991) Lafayette Lever (1979) Arkansas Patrick Beverley (2007) Scott Hastings (1979) Ron Huery (1987)...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

A Maurice Ager 2003 Michigan State De'Angelo Alexander 2003 Oklahoma Keith Appling 2011 Michigan State Stacey Augmon 1987 Nevada-Las Vegas B Vincent Baker 1991 Hartford Patrick Baldwin Jr. 2021 Hamilton H.S. (WI) Scottie Barnes 2019 University School (FL) Michael Beasley 2007 Notre Dame Prep (MA)...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

USA Men's U19 / Junior World Championship Team -- All-Time Head Coaches YEAR SITE USA HEAD COACH RECORD / MEDAL 2021 Riga, Latvia Jamie Dixon, TCU 7-0 / Gold Medal 2019 Cairo, Crete, Greece Bruce Weber, Kansas State University 7-0 / Gold Medal 2017 Cairo, Egypt John Calipari, University of Kentucky...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

USA Men's All-Time U19 / Junior World Championship Results (Won 106, Lost 14) Angola (1-0) W 109- 68 2017 Argentina (6-1) W 93- 45 2015 W 112-86 2007 W 83- 71 1999 L 58- 67 1995 W 69- 62 1991 W 92- 74 1983 W 98- 61 1979 Australia (4-2) W 87- 66 2021 W 94- 51 2013 W 78- 77 2011 L 85-106 2003 L 69-...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

Men's U19 / Junior World Championship Summary of Finishes GOLD SILVER BRONZE United States 8 3 1 Serbia 1 2 0 Australia 1 1 0 Greece 1 1 1 Lithuania 1 1 1 Spain 1 0 1 Canada 1 0 1 Yugoslavia 1 0 0 Croatia 0 1 2 Brazil 0 1 1 Italy 0 2 1 France 0 1 2 Mali 0 1 0 Soviet Union 0 1 0 Argentina 0 0 2...

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?