A biennial event launched in 2009 and open to athletes 16 years old or younger, the FIBA Americas U16 Championship features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Championship. USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and the bronze medal in 2015, and is now 19-1 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.
USA Basketball will again conduct open trials to select the 2017 USA U16 National Team. Trials to select finalists for the 12-member team will be held May 25-29 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
USA U16 National Team players of note include: Lauren Cox (2013), Kaela Davis (2011), Asia Durr (2013), Andra Espinoza-Hunter (2015), Rebecca Greenwell (2011), Arike Ogunbowale (2013), Katie Lou Samuelson (2013), Breanna Stewart (2009) and Elizabeth Williams (2009).