Beasley Set for U19 Team Trials
Beasley Set for U19 Team Trials
The Trials will be used to select the finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that will look to return home with gold from the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship that are being held in July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. The event features 20 of the nation’s top basketball players 19 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) and includes nine players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, and seven who collected conference honors in 2006-07. Athlete selections for the Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Collegiate Committee, chaired by
In addition to Beasley, others accepting invitations to participate in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials were: Lavoy Allen (Pennsbury H.S., Pa./
DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, has been selected to lead the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and fellow collegiate head coaches Bruiser Flint of Drexel and
Trials for the USA U19 World Championship Team will be held June 28-30 at the Dallas Mavericks practice facility in American Airlines Arena. The first trials session will be held on June 28, 5-7 p.m. (all times local, CDT). Two trials sessions (10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.) will be held on June 29 and 30. The selected
Nine of the 20 players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, including three members of the 2006 USA U18 National Team that finished 4-0, captured gold, and qualified the
Gordon, Hickson and Porter all participated in the 2006 USA U18 National Team Trials and were named finalists, while Arthur (2005 Youth Development Festival White Team), Collins (2005 Youth Development Festival Blue Team), and Stokes (2005 Youth Development Festival Blue Team) are alumni of USA Basketball’s Youth Development Festival.
Of the 20 players accepting Trials invitations, 12 completed their collegiate freshman season in 2006-07, six completed their high school senior campaign on 2007, while two will be high school seniors in 2007-08.
Seven players earned honors from their respective conferences. Curry was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, while Arthur (Big 12), Bouldin (West Coast), Beverley (SEC), Hollis (Atlantic 10), Morgan (Big Ten), and Porter (Pac-10) were named to their all-freshman teams.
Nine conferences have players involved in the trials, with the Big East Conference featuring four invitees, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big 12 have three apiece, the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big Ten Conference and Pacific-10 Conference each have two, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Southern Conference and West Coast Conference all have one player participating in the trials.
Eighteen universities feature players in the trials, with Syracuse boasting of a pair, while Arkansas, Davidson, George Washington, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Temple, Texas A&M, UCLA and Villanova have one each.
Of the eight invitees who played at the high school level in 2006-07, two were selected for
While Wainright, Hobbs and Flint make-up the USA’s Pan American Games coaching staff, serving as court coaches at the 2007 USA U19 Trials are collegiate head coaches Pat Rafferty, Grayson County College, and Doc Sadler, University of Nebraska.
The official 12-member USA U19 World Championship team will compete in the July 1222 FIBA U19 World Championship in
In addition to the USA’s pool, included among the 16 national teams that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments are Brazil (FIBA Americas bronze medalist), France (FIBA Europe gold medalist), Lebanon (FIBA Asia bronze medalist) and Lithuania (FIBA Europe silver medalist) in Group A; Group C consists of Australia (FIBA Oceania gold medalist), Canada (FIBA Americas fourth place finisher), Nigeria (FIBA Africa gold medalist) and Turkey (FIBA Europe fourth place finisher); while Group D includes Argentina (FIBA Americas silver medalist), Puerto Rico (FIBA Americas fifth place finisher), South Korea (FIBA Asia silver medalist) and Spain (FIBA Europe bronze medalist).
Though game times are still to be determined, the
The preliminary round results carry over to the second round standings, and teams will only face advancing squads from the opposite group in second round action. Quarterfinals will be contested on July 20, the semifinals on July 21 and the gold medal tilt is slated for July 22.
FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament has been held every four years since 1979 and will now be contested every other year beginning in 2009.
Some of the athletes who have represented the United States at the U19/Junior World Championships include: Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Dee Brown (2003); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Paul Davis (2003); Eric Floyd (1979); Larry Johnson (1987); Stephon Marbury (1995); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); Wesley Person (1991); Kevin Pittsnogle (2003); J.J. Redick (2003); Bobby Simmons (1999); Scott Skiles (1983); Deron Williams (2003); and James Worthy (1979).
The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Boeheim, consists of: NCAA appointees Fran Dunphy (head coach,