Following four trials sessions June 14-16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, 12 of the nations top 18-and-unders have been named to the 2010 USA Basketball Mens U18 National Team, USA Basketball today announced. The U.S. squad will remain in San Antonio to continue training prior to the start of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 26-30 in St. Marys Universitys Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Mens Junior National Team Committee.
Selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were: Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.); Trevor Cooney (191-G) (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.); Abdul Gaddy (191-G) (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.); Joshua Hairston (203-F/C) (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.); Kyrie Irving (191-G) (St. Patricks H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.); Quincy Miller (203-F/C) (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.); Tony Mitchell (198-F) (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas); LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas); Jereme Richmond (201-F) (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.); Austin Rivers (191-G) (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.); Amir Williams (208-F/C) (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.); and Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.).
I like the make-up of our team, said USA U18 National Team and University of Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel.We have really good talent. We have versatility. We have guys who can really defend. We have good athleticism, guys who can score. Im excited about coaching this group. Im excited about seeing what we can become over these next few days.
The team is scheduled to remain in San Antonio and train twice a day starting at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with scrimmages scheduled against the 2010 USA Basketball Mens U17 World Championship Team in the afternoons of June 21 and 22, and against the Brazil U18 National Team on June 23.
The FIBA Americas Mens U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. On March 5 the draw was held to determine the first round groups, and the USA was placed into Group A, along with defending FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medalist Argentina, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Group B includes Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The U.S. will open preliminary play against the Virgin Islands on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. (all times listed are local, CDT). On June 27 the USA will face Mexico at 7:00 p.m. and will close preliminary play against South American rivals Argentina on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. The semifinals are slated for June 29, and the finals will be held June 30.
Not only will a gold medal be at stake, the top four finishing nations will qualify for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1992. USA BASKETBALL soruce: Fibaamericas
FINAL USA - Canada 99-84 The USA repeated as FIBA Americas champions. They overcame their North American rivals Canada in the title game in Valdivia. Markelle Fultz (195-SG-98) stepped up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the champions. The USA eked out a narrow 48:44 halftime lead. They used a 27:19 run in the third term to boost the lead. The USA sank 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Paul Washington (208-C) provided 19 points for the winners. Nickeil... [read more]
USA - Canada 99-84 The USA repeated as FIBA Americas champions. They overcame their North American rivals Canada in the title game in Valdivia. Markelle Fultz (195-SG-98) stepped up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the champions. The USA eked out a narrow 48:44 halftime lead. They used a 27:19 run in the third term to boost the lead. The USA sank 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Paul Washington (208-C) provided 19 points for the winners. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (195-G-98) answered with 25 points for Canada.
Brazil - Puerto Rico 59-58 Brazil stepped onto the pedestal in Valdivia. They snatched a narrow victory over Puerto Rico to earn the Bronze medals. Lucas Pereira (203-PF-98) delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rico recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 4-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. However Brazil triggered a 17:12 run in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Michael Uchendu (206-F/C-98) provided 12 points for the winners. Leandro Allende (198-SF-97) answered with 15 points for Puerto Rico.
Chile - Argentina 68-73 Argentina overcame Chile to celebrate the fifth overall position at the championship. Argentina piled up a 42:33 halftime lead. Chile narrowed the distance in the second half but came up short of victory at the end. Leonardo Lema (201-SF-98), Matias Solanas (192-G-98) and Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) had 13 points each for Argentina. Felipe Haase (205-F/C-98) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Chile.
U.S. Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 77-63 US Virgin Islands wrapped up their campaign in Valdivia with victory. They overcame Dominican Republic to earn the 7th position. Nicolas Claxton (201-G/F-99) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. US Virgin Islands earned a 38:36 halftime lead. They followed with a strong 25:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Jahmia Simmons (194-G/F-98) produced 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Jose Familia (207-F-98) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Dominican Republic.
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SEMIFINALS USA - Brazil 88-48 The USA advanced into the tournament's championship game. The defending champions eased past Brazil in the semis. Mitchell Porter (203-G-98) finished with 17 points to lead the charge. The USA built a 40:26 halftime lead. They erupted for 33 points in the third term to clear off to a 35-point distance at the final intermission. Jarrett Allen (200-F-98) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) and Arthur Pimenta (198-F... [read more]
USA - Brazil 88-48 The USA advanced into the tournament's championship game. The defending champions eased past Brazil in the semis. Mitchell Porter (203-G-98) finished with 17 points to lead the charge. The USA built a 40:26 halftime lead. They erupted for 33 points in the third term to clear off to a 35-point distance at the final intermission. Jarrett Allen (200-F-98) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) and Arthur Pimenta (198-F/G-98) produced 7 points each for Brazil.
Canada - Puerto Rico 83-66 Canada raced into the FIBA Americas Championship Final. They fired past Puerto Rico in the semifinal clash in Valdivia. Lindell Wigginton (187-PG-98) produced 22 points to pace the North American side. Canada recorded a 45:28 halftime lead. They exchanged baskets with Puerto Rico throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. O'Shae Brissett (203-SF-98) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jhivan Jackson (182-G-98) responded with 15 points for Puerto Rico. Jesus Cruz (195-F/G-98) had 13 points in the loss.
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