In recognition of outstanding, gold-medal performances at the FIBA World Championships, USA Basketball today announced the USA mens and womens World Championship teams as co-recipients of the 2010 USA Basketball Team of the Year Award. The USA women stood atop the World Championship podium for the first time since 2002, while the USA men captured their first gold medal at the Worlds since 1994. I think what you are asked to do (in the World Championship) is very difficult, said Geno Auriemma, USA Womens National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. You have to win nine games in 11 days. To be able to do it with so little preparation is incredibly challenging. To come together as a group that quickly and to play that well and be as dominant as we were, I think that makes them pretty special. The team was young and had very little international experience, said Mike Krzyzewski, USA Mens National Team and Duke University head coach. Early on, it made a commitment to defense and creating quality scoring opportunities. As it gained experience playing together, and confidence from success, the team fought its way to the 2010 FIBA World Championship. All of the players were a pleasure to coach and willing to do whatever it took to bring home a gold medal. They were deserving champions. The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketballs annual coach, player and team of the year awards. AWinning both the mens and womens FIBA World Championships is an impressive accomplishment, and these certainly were two very impressive teams,@ said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. The World Championships are incredibly difficult tournaments to win because of the strong competition and demanding schedule, and USA Basketball couldnt be more proud of these two teams for meeting the challenges. Both teams played with incredible teamwork and sportsmanship, and to play both host countries in the finals was very exciting. The 2010 announcement marks the 15th time USA Basketball has presented the Team of the Year Award. The honor has been earned by the historic 1996 USA Women=s National Team/Olympic Team; 1997 USA Women=s Junior World Championship Team; 1998 and 2002 USA Women=s World Championship squads; 1999 USA Men=s Tournament of the Americas Team; 2000 and 2004 USA Women=s Senior National/Olympic teams; the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team; the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women Team; the 2005 USA U19 World Championship for Women Team; the 2006 Men=s Senior National Team; the 2007 USA Men=s Senior National Team and USA Women=s National Team; the 2008 U.S. Mens and Womens Olympic Teams; and the 2009 USA Mens U19 World Championship Team. USA Mens World Championship Team Without any 2008 Olympians on the roster and featuring six players under the age of 22, the USA men compiled a 9-0 record at the 2010 FIBA World Championship Aug. 28-Sept. 11 in Istanbul, Turkey. Relying on depth and defense, the USA won its nine games by an average of 24.6 points per contest. The USAs Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) (Oklahoma City Thunder) was named MVP of the tournament and to the fivemember All-Tournament Team, and his teammates included Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) (Denver Nuggets), Tyson Chandler (216-C-82) (Dallas Mavericks), Stephen Curry (191-G-88, college: Davidson) (Golden State Warriors), Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Gordon (193-G-88, college: Indiana) (Los Angeles Clippers), Danny Granger (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (Indiana Pacers), Andre Iguodala (198-G-84, college: Arizona) (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Love (208-C-88, college: UCLA) (Minnesota Timberwolves), Lamar Odom (208-F-79, college: Rhode Island) (Los Angeles Lakers), Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) (Chicago Bulls) and Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) (Oklahoma City Thunder). Assisting Krzyzewski were Syracuse Universitys Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan and Toronto Raptors head mentor Jay Triano. The USA opened preliminary round play with a 106-78 win over Croatia, followed by a 99-77 victory over Slovenia, a 70-68 win over Brazil, an 88-51 victory over Iran and a 92-57 defeat of Tunisia. Downing Africa champ Angola 121-66 in the eight-finals, the Americans topped Russia 89-79 in the quarterfinals and earned an 89-74 win against Lithuania in the semifinals. In the gold medal game against host and undefeated Turkey, the USA recorded an 81-64 victory to finish with a perfect record and the gold medal. While holding teams to 38.1 percent shooting from the field, the U.S. defense allowed its opponents an average of just 68.2 points per game. The USA ranked first in 12 of the 21 major team statistical categories and second in four categories, including No. 1 finishes in points averaged (92.8), scoring margin (+24.6), field goal percentage (.497), rebounds (41.7 rpg.), assists (18.2 apg.) and steals (10.6 spg.). Additionally, Krzyzewski led the USA Mens National Team to a 4-0 exhibition record prior to the World Championship. As part of the Global Community Cup, the USA earned an 86-55 win over France on Aug. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York; a 77-61 win over Lithuania on Aug. 21 and a narrow 86-85 victory against Spain on Aug. 22 in Madrid, Spain; and an 87-59 blowout of Greece on Aug. 25 in Athens, Greece. USA Womens World Championship Team Despite naming the team two days prior to the start of play and having just one practice together as an official 12-member squad, the USA women captured a 9-0 record and a gold-medal finish in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women Sept. 23 Oct. 3 in Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The Americans averaged an impressive 96.2 points per game and won their games by an incredible average margin of 35.1 points per contest. While Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) was named to the five-member All-Tournament Team, the USA also featured Jayne Appel (193-F/C-88, college: Stanford) (San Antonio Silver Stars), Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee) (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) (Chicago Sky), Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (183-F-89) (University of Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) (Minnesota Lynx). Assisting Auriemma were DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Los Angeles Sparks head mentor Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach/general manager Marynell Meadors. The USA opened preliminary round play with a 99-73 win over Greece, followed by a 108-52 blowout of Senegal and an 81-60 defeat of France. In second round action, the USA downed Canada 87-46 and Belarus 107-61 before knocking off defending World Champion Australia 83-75. The U.S. women topped South Korea 106-44 in the quarterfinals, and then beat Spain 106-70 in the semifinals. Facing host Czech Republic in the gold medal game, the USA recorded an 89-69 victory to finish undefeated and claim gold. The USA ranked first in nine and second in seven of the 21 major team statistical categories, including No. 1 rankings in points scored (866), points averaged, scoring margin, field goal percentage (.549), rebounding margin (+18.0), assists (15.3 apg.) and steals (15.9 spg.). Featuring 11 players who scored between 12.0 and 5.1 points per game, the Americans held opponents to an average of just 61.1 points per game and a cold 38.5 shooting percentage overall. Leading up to the World Championship, the USA Womens National Team compiled a 4-1 mark during its exhibition play, including a 99-72 win over WNBA stars on July 10 in Uncasville, Conn.; an 89-56 win over Australia on Sept. 10 and a 85-69 victory over Spain on Sept. 12 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.; and a 83-77 loss to Australia on Sept. 17 and a 93-51 won over Senegal on Sept. 18 in Salamanca, Spain. USA Basketball Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all of FIBAs world ranking categories, including combined, mens, womens, boys and girls rankings.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers groups confirmed - 4 months ago
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The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the c... [read more]
The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the challenge to be among the 12 teams from the region that will qualify to play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The 32 teams will consist of the 24 national sides competing at FIBA EuroBasket 2017, as well as 8 of the 13 teams that have registered to play in the Pre-Qualifiers. The groups for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers are as follows:
Group A: Bosnia, Sweden, Slovakia, Armenia Group B: Netherlands, Austria, Albania Group C: Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo Group D: Belarus, Bulgaria, Portugal.
Following the six days of action, the top two teams from each group will earn their spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, with the first window taking place from 20-28 November 2017.The teams will play all other teams in their group on a home-and-away basis with all games taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 19 August 2017. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Executive Committee approves bidding process for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 - 10 months ago
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FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries [read more]
FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries. Moving forward with the process, FIBA will send requests for expression of interest to all of its national member federations this month. Those wishing to be taken into consideration must confirm their interest by 31 August. Following the Applicant Phase and the Candidate Phase, FIBA's Central Board will ultimately announce the host (s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at its end-of-year meeting in 2017. The Executive Committee received reports on the status of FIBA's regional offices. It gave the green light to the construction of new headquarters for FIBA Africa in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, while also approving the project of establishing operation offices of FIBA in Singapore to assist more directly the development of ASEAN countries. With regards to FIBA's new competition system, the Executive Committee was informed that all regional offices have taken part in workshops with national federations ahead of its implementation in 2017. In parallel, as part of the FIBA National Federations Long-Term Development programme, more than 100 national federations have been visited and this number will reach 150 by the end of the year. Following every visit, a customised development strategy is proposed to each national federation, with the aim of implementing concrete development tools/programmes in collaboration with the national basketball governing body concerned. The goal is to develop the national federations' event management capacities, marketing and communication skills - as well as the technical level of national teams and the necessary work with grassroots - in order to help them maximise the impact of their participation in the new competition system and achieve a sustainable long-term growth. Finally, the Executive Committee approved a process to replace Mr Xiao Tian (China) and Mrs Julia Anikeeva (Russia) as members of the FIBA Central Board. Courtesy of: fiba.com
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Ben... [read more]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.
The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.
The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide, Stanley Okoye and Michael Umeh.
Among the fifteen players outside the twelve gold-medal winners in 2015 in Tunisia with making a return to the Nigerian side while others are being called up for the first time as Nigeria looks for a better outing in RIO.
These fifteen with only two from the Nigerian domestic league includes, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.
Nigeria head coach, Will Voigt promised to make history with Nigeria in RIO by ensuring that the team makes it out of the group stage of the Olympics.
Coach Voigt will be expected to bring his magic wand to bear as the African champion makes its second appearance at the basketball event of the Olympics having gone through a more tedious qualification to be at the London 2012 Games as they are paired against some of the World best in the game.
Ranked 25 in world Nigeria four known group-B opponents are in the top-ten bracket in the world ranking with Spain (2), Lithuania (3), Argentina (4) and host Brazil (9) as it await a fifth opponent who is to emerged from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Nigeria will open it RIO campaign against Argentina on August 7th, Lithuania on 9th, Spain on the 11th, the third nation that would emerged at the OQT on the 13th and host Brazil on the 15th.
The Nigerian side will open its preparation in July in the United States of America; the team will make a trip to China where it will participate in the Stankovic Cup and possible warm-up games against Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and the USA before moving to RIO on August 2nd.
Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad for RIO Olympics: Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide Stanley Okoye, Michael Umeh, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell. Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.)
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