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02-12-2019, 11:43 PM
The final qualifiers on the Men's side will be happening soon.

The United States has already qualified and will be picking from this group for the last two games:

Some people wonder why players would want to participate at this point, but most of the names on the list will not sniff the NBA so this is a great opportunity for them to audition for clubs around the world who might be paying more attention to these games than your average G League game.

02-21-2019, 12:29 AM
As expected, Miela Goodchild is one of the players who will try out for Australia's U19 team this summer:

She was one of the stars for the U18 team that qualified for this tournament, but she will be joined by some players who were absent due to other commitments.

That tournament schedule has not been finalized, but the U19 World Championship on the men's side did have their group draw with these results:

There is still time for a contender to emerge and for withdrawals to affect the United States, but they should be the overwhelming favorite to avenge their defeat two years ago.

Thursday marks the start of another set of Men's National Team games around the world. Unfortunately the World Cup qualifiers are behind the ESPN+ paywall with qualifying for other tournament on FIBA's YouTube channel.

02-21-2019, 10:51 PM
A long day of qualifiers started in Asia Group F with the West Asia teams hosting. Australia tried some younger players out as they went to Kazakhstan and won 81-60. Brief college player Isaac Humphries had 17 points and 7 rebounds, Mitch Creek had 12 points as he just came off his first NBA contract, and recent college graduate Jock Landale had 10 points while newly naturalized Anthony Clemmons had 31 points in the loss. Iran is in crisis, allowing Japan to climb above them with a 97-89 win as the hosts also forgot how to handle the math at the end of the game, causing them to drop in the tiebreaker even though they are still likely to qualify. In the win, naturalized player Nick Fazekas had 26 points and 8 rebounds. The Philippines took care of business in Qatar 84-46 as naturalized player Andray Blatche returned to game shape after suspension and had 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists, former collegian Marcio Lassiter had 14 points, and brief collegian Japeth Aguilar had 10 points.
Standings: Australia 10-1, Japan 7-4, Iran 7-4, Philippines 6-5, Kazakhstan 4-7, Qatar 2-9

In Europe Group K, Russia took care of what they could control with a 104-60 win in Bulgaria while naturalized player Jason Washburn had 19 points for the hosts. Finland avoided elimination as Jamar Wilson, who is naturalized by marriage, had 29 points and 6 rebounds to help them past France 76-69 as Alex Murphy was not in contention due to injury. Former draft pick Mathias Lessort had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors. Finland must travel to Russia and win by enough to flip the tiebreaker in order to qualify. The Czech Republic beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 69-64 in a game with no impact for either team.
Standings: France 9-2, Czech Republic 8-3, Russia 7-4, Finland 6-5, Bulgaria 4-7, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-9

In Group L, Serbia would have only needed a win to take the last spot, but were humiliated on the road by eliminated Estonia 71-70 despite having their talisman Milos Teodosic back after his recent NBA exit with 16 points and 10 assists. Israel kept themselves alive with an 81-77 win over Germany as T.J. Cline had 14 points as the player brought in with American ties. In the loss, former collegian Niels Giffey had 16 points and ex-NBA player Paul Zipser had 15 points. Greece beat Georgia 81-69 despite 18 points from naturalized player Thad McFadden. The key game to watch in the last set of games will be Serbia hosting Israel.
Standings: Greece 10-1, Germany 9-2, Serbia 6-5, Georgia 5-6, Israel 5-6, Estonia 3-8

In the Americas Group F, the northern teams hosted this round. Canada's players were looking to impress for final roster spots in their 85-46 win over Chile as Brady Heslip had 14 points, Kyle Wiltjer had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Melvin Ejim had 12 points and 9 rebounds among their former collegians. Brazil officially qualified with a 104-80 win over the US Virgin Islands while still relying on old NBA players as Marcus Vinicius had 22 points and 9 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa had 19 points, and Alex Ribeiro Garcia had 11 points. The hosts had a team of players with experience on the mainland as Georgio Milligan had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Devon Peltier had 15 points, and Jamaal Samuel had 12 points. The Dominican Republic started well and then managed to hang on to a 72-67 win over Venezuela as they now hope to beat out the fourth place team in the other group for the last spot from the Americas. Former collegians featured on both sides as Eloy Vargas had 13 points and Sadiel Rojas had 10 points in the win while Nestor Colmenares had 10 points in the loss.
Standings: Venezuela 9-2, Canada 9-2, Brazil 8-3, Dominican Republic 7-4, Chile 2-9, US Virgin Islands 2-9

Eric Boateng was not called up by Great Britain for their pre-qualifiers for Eurobasket, putting his national team career in some doubt with talented youngsters emerging, but they did beat Cyprus 84-47 in Group D. Former collegians factored in the result as Ovie Soko had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Andrew Lawrence had 11 points while naturalized player Tyrell Biggs had 11 points in the loss. In Group A, Sweden beat Denmark 79-74, preventing the visitors from clinching the group's spot in the next round as American-born Erik Rush had 10 points and 7 rebounds while former collegian Kevin Larsen had 13 points in the loss. Romania won 65-53 against what I guess I will now call North Macedonia in Group B to also prevent their opponents from advancing automatically. Iceland's 91-67 win over Portugal in Group C means that Belgium gets the automatic spot from the group. Jon Stefansson, infamous for his high school career, had 17 points to lead the way while former collegians also played a part as Haukur Palsson had 15 points and 7 rebounds, Martin Hermansson had 13 points and 8 assists, and Kris Acox had 11 points. Miguel Queiroz, who prepped in the United States, had 13 points in the loss.

02-22-2019, 11:43 PM
The United States was solid, but not particularly spectacular as they play out the string in qualifying, beating Panama 111-80. The visitors also had former collegians as Javier Carter had 18 points and 7 rebounds and Geno Luzcando had 11 points.

Elsewhere in Group E, Puerto just managed to hold on to their edge by surviving Argentina 87-86. Their players also have extensive experience on the mainland as Gian Clavell had 21 points, John Holland had 14 points, Ramon Clemente had 11 points, and Jorge Bryan Diaz had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The visitors only had one former NBA player as Nico Brussino had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Uruguay could not keep pace, falling to last place Mexico 88-77, which did not have a single one of the players that it would field if this was the main tournament. Former collegians led the way as the infamous Luke Martinez had 23 points and Jorge Camacho had 13 points. On the final day, Puerto Rico will qualify with a win, eliminating Uruguay in the process. The Dominican Republic will host Brazil in the other group with a simultaneous tipoff and would not need a win if Puerto Rico wins. They will advance with a win, but a Uruguay beating Puerto Rico and Brazil winning would require tiebreakers to determine the last two teams to qualify.
Standings: Argentina 9-2, United States 9-2, Puerto Rico 7-4, Uruguay 6-5, Panama 4-7, Mexico 4-7

The day of qualifiers started in Asia Group E as Syria had to play home games in Lebanon again, losing to South Korea 87-74, which got 25 points and 12 rebounds from naturalized player Ricardo Ratliffe. China still has an effect on the standings even though they are qualified as hosts and they lost to Jordan 86-62 despite getting Zhou Qi back from the NBA as he had 19 points and 10 rebounds while naturalized player Dar Tucker had 32 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Group leaders New Zealand were not as generous to Lebanon as they got 19 points from Tom Abercrombie and 15 points and 8 rebounds from Finn Delany among their contingent of former collegians and won 69-67. The hosts got 10 points and 9 rebounds from naturalized player Ater Majok and had their own former collegians as Ali Haidar had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Ahmad Ibrahim had 10 points.
Standings: New Zealand 10-1, South Korea 9-2, Jordan 6-5, China 6-5, Lebanon 6-5, Syria 2-9

In Europe Group I, qualified Turkey beat eliminated Slovenia 77-58 as former collegian Sinan Guler had 12 points and ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 10 points and 6 rebounds while the other Dragic brother Zoran had 10 points for the visitors. In a game that really mattered, Ukraine started off extremely well at home, but Montenegro dominated the second half to win 76-74 with 26 points from naturalized player Derek Needham and 11 points from former draft pick Bojan Dubljevic. Latvia missed a chance after losing to Spain 67-62, but they already knew that they need a win at Montengro on the final day.
Standings: Spain 9-2, Turkey 8-3, Montenegro 7-4, Latvia 6-5, Ukraine 5-6, Slovenia 2-9

In Group J, the picture was much more clear as Poland beat Croatia 77-69 to eventually secure the last spot as naturalized player A.J. Slaughter had 15 points. Lithuania beat the Netherlands 78-69 with both teams already knowing their fate as former draft pick Renaldas Seibutis had 20 points. Former collegians featured in the loss as Charlon Kloof had 17 points and Roeland Schaftenaar had 10 points. Italy sealed Hungary's elimination with a 75-41 win as former collegian Amadeo Della Valle had 15 points
Standings: Lithuania 10-1, Italy 8-3, Poland 7-4, Hungary 5-6, Croatia 4-7, Netherlands 3-8

Africa Group F is taking place in Ivory Coast as the other group is already done with two teams still looking to capture the last spot by being the best third place team. Central African Republic stayed in the conversation with a 75-57 win over Mali with 18 points from former collegian Destin Damachoua. Senegal grabbed the group's other automatic spot with an 81-41 win over Rwanda and were led by former collegians as Youssoupha Ndoye had 18 points and 9 rebounds and Mouhammad Faye had 12 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts knew that a loss would eliminate them and they were impressive in a 72-46 win over previously undefeated Nigeria, which still brought a decent team as Ike Diogu had 10 points as their veteran star. Former collegians were also involved in the win as Guy Landri Edi had 15 points and Tiegbe Bamba had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Standings: Nigeria 9-1, Senegal 8-2, Central African Republic 5-5, Ivory Coast 5-5, Rwanda 3-7, Mali 3-7

Teams in the Americas not making it to this stage of World qualifying are still able to play in the qualifying for future tournaments. Eight teams are participating in this round in two locations as the top two teams in each group will advance to the next stage. Group A is being played in Belize, which took up the spot vacated by Costa Rica as the northernmost teams participate. Cuba was impressive in getting past the Bahamas 88-74. Former collegians featured in the loss as Michael Carey had 14 points, David Nesbitt had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Tum Tum Nairn had 13 points, and Shaq Cleare had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The hosts beat Antigua and Barbuda 96-71 with their own group of former collegians as Richard Troyer had 20 points, Tyrone Hall had 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Jihad Wright had 13 points. The visitors also have a number of former collegians as Duane James had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Joel McIntosh had 13 points.

Tunja, Colombia is where the four southern teams are playing Group B. Paraguay beat Guyana 93-53 behind 15 points from former collegian Bruno Zanotti while another former collegian Anthony Moe had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. The hosts beat Bolivia 84-51 as they got Braian Angola from the G League and he had 18 points and their old stalwart from the previous generation of players who went to the United States for college, Stalin Ortiz, had 11 points.

02-24-2019, 12:04 AM
The only qualifying for Worlds was in Africa Group F since the games were all in the same location. Senegal beat Mali 62-38 as seeding was the only thing left for them to play for at this point. Nigeria then eliminated the Central African Republic 72-59 despite 16 points from naturalized player Johndre Jefferson. As usual, the group leaders are relying on a number of players with American roots as Ike Diogu had 22 points and 9 rebounds, Ike Iroegbu had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Umeh had 11 points. Hosts Ivory Coast should feel good about their chances of overtaking Cameroon's point differential to grab the last spot as an 87-60 win over Rwanda leaves them only needing a win over Mali by a handful of points. Former collegians featured in the win as Baru Adjehi had 14 points and 7 rebounds and Mohamed Kone had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Standings: Nigeria 10-1, Senegal 9-2, Ivory Coast 6-5, Central African Republic 5-6, Rwanda 3-8, Mali 3-8

Pre-qualifying continued at two sites in the Americas with Group B quickly getting settled. Paraguay had to come back to beat Bolivia 75-73 as former collegian Bruno Zanotti had 13 points and 9 rebounds. That result coupled with hosts Colombia beating Guyana 114-68 meant that the two victors will play in the next round. The former collegians from two different generations led the way as Braian Angola had 26 points and 8 assists and Stalin Ortiz had 13 points and 10 rebounds. There are also plenty of American ties for the visitors as former collegian Anthony Moe had 17 points and 12 rebounds and junior college player Stanton Rose and New York high schooler Kevon Wiggins had 16 points each.

In Group A, the Bahamas won 110-56 to eliminate Antigua and Barbuda. Former collegians led the way as Michael Carey had 29 points and 6 rebounds, Kentwan Smith had 14 points, J.R. Cadot had 12 points, and Eugene Bain had 10 points. Cuba fended off Belize 82-80, advancing leaving the hosts with a game against the Bahamas to determine the last team to qualify. Former collegians had solid games in the loss as Devin Daly had 23 points, Daniel Conorque had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jihad Wright had 13 points.

02-24-2019, 11:38 PM
The big qualifying games were in Asia today as only three spots had officially been clinched. The only game that had no bearing on anything was in Group E, where China beat Syria 90-59 in Lebanon as Zhou Qi had 32 points and 10 rebounds after his NBA exit. The rest of the games in both groups had simultaneous tipoffs. Jordan took care of their business with an 86-80 win over New Zealand as naturalized player Dar Tucker had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. Former collegians led the visitors as Corey Webster had 18 points and 7 assists, Tom Abercrombie had 10 points and 8 rebounds, and Finn Delany had 10 points and 6 rebounds. That result ended up pushing them through in third place after Lebanon lost to South Korea, which got 25 points and 11 rebounds from naturalized player Ricardo Ratliffe, 84-72.
Standings: New Zealand 10-2, South Korea 10-2, Jordan 7-5, China 7-5, Lebanon 6-6, Syria 2-10

In Group F, Iran made sure that they would advance, beating Australia 85-74 despite 20 points and 9 rebounds from recent NBA player Mitch Creek and 16 points from brief college player Tom Wilson. The Philippines got 41 points and 13 rebounds from naturalized player Andray Blatche in a win before learning that no math would be needed for them to advance as the best fourth place team. Naturalized player Anthony Clemmons had 27 points and 9 assists for Kazakhstan as the final margin was 93-75. Japan had sewn up second place earlier by doubling up Qatar 96-48 with 20 points and 19 rebounds for naturalized player Nick Fazekas while former collegian Nasser Al-Rayes had 11 points in the loss.
Standings: Australia 10-2, Japan 8-4, Iran 8-4, Philippines 7-5, Kazakhstan 4-8, Qatar 2-10

Meanwhile in Europe Group K, the big game was in Russia with the hosts needing a win or a very narrow loss to take the last berth from the group and they needed a comeback to accomplish that in the fourth quarter as they won 81-76. For Finland, Jamar Wilson, who is naturalized by marriage, had 18 points and former collegians played a role as Tuukka Kotti had 13 points and 8 rebounds and Mikko Koivisto had 11 points. France took the top spot in the group with 18 points and 10 rebounds from former draft pick Mathias Lessort in an 82-66 win as former collegian Patrik Auda had 20 points for the Czech Republic. Bosnia beat Bulgaria 87-67 as both teams were already eliminated
Standings: France 10-2, Russia 8-4, Czech Republic 8-4, Finland 6-6, Bulgaria 4-8, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-9

The key Group L game was in Serbia as the hosts breezed to a 97-76 win over Israel to avoid the need for any math. They were happy to have Milos Teodosic back from the NBA to seal qualification as he provided 11 points and 9 assists and former draft pick Nikola Milutinov had 10 points. A couple of players with American ties featured for the visitors as Jake Cohen had 16 points and T.J. Cline had 12 points and 6 rebounds. The result eliminated Georgia as well so faded late at home despite 21 points from former collegian Duda Sanadze and 20 points from naturalized player Thad McFadden in an 84-77 loss to Estonia. Greece made sure that they took the top spot in the group, beating Germany 69-63.
Standings: Greece 11-1, Germany 9-3, Serbia 7-5, Georgia 5-7, Israel 5-7, Estonia 4-8

Pre-qualifying finished with all four spots in the next round settled now and twelve teams left lined up for the last chance at qualifying. In Group A, Belarus beat Sweden 73-60 to create a tie among all teams in the group, but the visitors still won the tiebreaker to take the automatic place. The hosts got 15 points from former collegian Artsiom Parakhouski and 13 points and 6 assists from naturalized player Devon Saddler. Belgium had already progressed from Group C and a 90-62 defeat did not change Iceland's group placement for the next round as the visitors had a number of former collegians, included Elvar Fridriksson and Martin Hermannsson who had 12 points each. Great Britain won 78-75 in Group D, but that was not enough to shift the tiebreaker as Austria advanced thanks to 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists from naturalized player Sylven Landesberg. Former collegians also led the visitors as Ovie Soko had 19 points and 9 rebounds and Teddy Okereafor had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Romania beat Kosovo 79-75 in Group B, but that could not lift them into the top spot as naturalized player Giordan Watson had 23 points and 6 rebounds while former collegian Lis Shoshi had 11 points in the loss.

Group A: Sweden 2-2, Denmark 2-2, Belarus 2-2
Group B: North Macedonia 3-1, Romania 3-1, Kosovo 0-4
Group C: Belgium 4-0, Iceland 1-3, Portugal 1-3
Group D: Austria 3-1, Great Britain 3-1, Cyprus 0-4

Groups for next stage:
Group E: Albania, Belarus, Denmark
Group F: Slovakia, Cyprus, Romania
Group G: Luxembourg, Kosovo, Great Britain
Group H: Switzerland, Portugal, Iceland

African qualifying finished with the last games in Group F were played. Senegal got 14 points and 6 rebounds from former collegian Cheikh Mbodj in an 84-63 win over Nigeria, but that was not enough to become the group leader as Ike Iroegbu had 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists and Ike Diogu had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss with a number of players with American roots participating. Central African Republic beat Rwanda, which got 33 points and 7 rebounds from former collegian Kenny Gasana, 77-69 with both teams already eliminated. The victors got 11 points and 6 rebounds from their naturalized player Johndre Jefferson and contributions from other former collegians as Destin Damachoua had 18 points and 6 assists and Romain Sato had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. That left hosts Ivory Coast with the last game, knowing that a big enough win would flip the tiebreaker to their favor and earn them the last spot. Former collegian Guy Landri Edi had 13 points in their 69-49 win over Mali and that was enough to edge Cameroon's performance in the other group by 7 points.
Standings: Nigeria 10-2, Senegal 10-2, Ivory Coast 7-5, Central African Republic 6-6, Rwanda 3-9, Mali 3-9

The only games played in Americas Group F were the ones that had no impact on the final standings as one game was moved to Monday to tip simultaneously with the key game in the other group. Canada topped the group by beating Venezuela 95-55 with some familiar names as Kyle Wiltjer had 19 points and 8 rebounds, Melvin Ejim had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Joel Anthony had 10 points. The eliminated teams also met with the US Virgin Islands coming back to beat Chile 64-59. The hosts have many players with experience on the mainland as Georgio Milligan had 26 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 steals and Devon Peltier had 12 points while former collegian Gerardo Isla had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Pre-qualification finished with only one game having any bearing on who would advance. That was in Group A, but first Cuba finished their perfect record and handed Antigua and Barbuda another loss 123-70 as a couple ancient former collegians featured in the loss as Bryan Matthew and Duane James had 11 points each. That set the stage for the important game, which the Bahamas won 86-72 behind a ton of former collegians as Michael Carey had 21 points and 8 rebounds, Kentwan Smith had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Shaq Cleare had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Tum Tum Nairn had 11 points and 7 assists, and David Nesbitt had 10 points. Hosts Belize also had former collegians as Daniel Conorque had 26 points and 7 rebounds, Devin Daly had 11 points, and Jihad Wright had 10 points.
Standings: Cuba 3-0, Bahamas 2-1, Belize 1-2, Antigua and Barbuda 0-3

Group B's games had no impact on anything, but Guyana did pick up their first win 73-65 over Bolivia as the new format tries to answer which regions are stronger top to bottom. Players with American ties led the way in the win as Anthony Moe had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Kevon Wiggins had 15 points, and Stanton Rose had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Hosts Colombia sent the fans home happy with perfection after a 93-82 win over Paraguay as Braian Angola heads back to the G League after 28 points and 6 rebounds and the old former collegian Stalin Ortiz had 12 points.
Standings: Colombia 3-0, Paraguay 2-1, Guyana 1-2, Bolivia 0-3

02-26-2019, 12:11 AM
The United States finished qualifications with a stirring comeback late against Argentina to win 84-83 and top the group. Ex-NBA player Nico Brussino had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

The key game in Group E was in Puerto Rico, where the hosts looked shaky early, but took a lead at the half and did just enough to beat Uruguay 65-61 and take the last automatic spot. The hosts have players with extensive experience on the mainland as Gary Browne had 16 points, Gian Clavell had 13 points, and John Holland had 11 points. Ex-NBA player Esteban Batista had 19 points and 9 rebounds in the loss as their impressive run fell short. The last game played had no impact on qualification as Mexico did give the home fans something to cheer about with a 78-61 win over Panama as former collegian Luke Martinez had 17 points and 11 rebounds and former California high schooler Jose Estrada had 12 points while Trevor Gaskins, one of the many visitors with American ties, had 13 points..
http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019/americas-qualifiers/game/2502/Mexico-Panama #tab=boxscore
Standings: United States 10-2, Argentina 9-3, Puerto Rico 8-4, Uruguay 6-6, Mexico 5-7, Panama 4-8

One game in Group F was pushed back so that no teams would have an advantage in the quest for the spot awarded to the best fourth place team. The Dominican Republic looked to take destiny in their own hands early against Brazil, but saw their lead slip away, leaving their fate up to their historic rivals and getting the help they needed to be the last team. Former collegian Eloy Vargas had 15 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts while the old guard still leads Brazil after their NBA careers as Anderson Varejao had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Leandro Barbosa had 13 points.
Standings: Canada 10-2, Venezuela 9-3, Brazil 9-3, Dominican Republic 7-5, Chile 2-10, US Virgin Islands 3-9

The qualifying started in Europe as Group I was the one with drama left. Latvia looked ready to seize the last spot early, but Montenegro kept the game close and an 80-74 loss was enough to keep the tiebreaker in their favor as naturalized player Derek Needham had 22 points, former draft pick Marko Todorovic had 13 points, and former draft pick Bojan Dubljevic had 11 points while former draft pick Janis Timma had 11 points for the visitors. The result was meaningless, but there was extra basketball in Slovenia as the other Dragic brother Zoran had 14 points and 6 rebounds in an 85-84 win while another ex-NBA player Slava Kravtsov had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Ukraine. Spain made sure that they had the top spot, beating Turkey 74-58 with 10 points and 6 rebounds from former collegian Sebas Saiz while ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 16 points for the visitors.
Standings: Spain 10-2, Turkey 8-4, Montenegro 7-5, Latvia 7-5, Ukraine 5-7, Slovenia 3-9

In Group J, Lithuania completed their control of proceedings with an 86-73 win over Italy as Martinas Geben, who played for Mike Brey at Notre Dame, had 11 points. Hungary beat demoralized Croatia 84-65. Poland beat the Netherlands 85-76 with 12 points from former collegian Adam Hrycaniuk. Former collegians also featured for the visitors as Roeland Schaftenaar and Shane Hammink had 12 points each.
Standings: Lithuania 11-1, Italy 8-4, Poland 8-4, Hungary 6-6, Croatia 4-8, Netherlands 3-9

03-16-2019, 11:22 PM
The World Cup draw was conducted today in China.

The top two teams in each group advance and will play two games in the next round against opponents from the corresponding partner group (A and B, C and D, E and F, and G and H).

Turkey was automatically in the group due to the desire to keep teams from the Americas, Africa, and Asia from being drawn with other teams from their federations. Greece figures to be one of the next round opponents for the United States, but the other three will be fighting it out for that last spot.

The hosts got a very generous draw and could lock up the automatic Asian Olympic spot quickly. Group H is a group of death that will merge with a potentially tough Group G. Australia might find themselves on the wrong end of the Oceania automatic spot if Canada really brings it and Lithuania is their consistent selves as New Zealand figures to have a solid shot at advancing. The Africa spot is up for grabs as none of the teams should feel like they are in a great position to advance, but if Nigeria brings a strong team, they probably have the best shot of avoiding the classification rounds.

The draw was a rather confusing process so FIBA made a video:

Here is a replay of the actual draw:

03-20-2019, 09:10 PM
Looks like we will get Miela versus the United States as the U19 draw was conducted today:

03-30-2019, 11:51 PM
The United States is preparing to reclaim the U19 World Championships this year after losing in both finals two years ago. Other countries already have to prepare for the ones in two years. Guatemala hosted both of the U16 COCABA championships (technically U17 since they are usually played the year before as U16 tournaments) this weekend, qualifying at least the top two teams for Centrobasket tournaments later this year that will qualify teams for the 2020 U18 Americas tournaments that will provide teams to the 2021 U19 World Championships. Both tournaments were conducted as round-robin events due to the convenient number of teams participating.

Final Standings:

El Salvador
Costa Rica

El Salvador
Costa Rica

05-01-2019, 10:56 PM
There are no Duke ties among the players trying out for the USA U19 Women's team:

Earlier, USA Basketball announced that the same coaches from the U18 team that qualified this team for this tournament, headlined by Louisville's Jeff Walz, will lead this team:

Both USA U16 teams had their draws for the upcoming Americas tournaments announced. Coaching staffs were also recently announced as the Boys' team needed a new coach to replace the legendary Don Showalter. On the Girls' side, they named another non-D1 college coach for this cycle after losing faith in high school coaches.

05-02-2019, 08:33 PM
As has been the case recently, USA Basketball is sending current collegiate players to the Pan American Games. The tryout list was announced today and there are no direct Duke ties, but Bella Alarie is on there:

05-14-2019, 09:14 PM
Surprising news as Bill Self is being replaced by Bruce Weber as the USA U19 coach:

I wonder how long it will take someone in the state of Kansas to uncover the background to this story. We had a change last cycle too, but that made sense with Shaka Smart probably needing to focus on Texas to placate the boosters. Hopefully this works out better than using Calipari as the replacement, though I suppose Weber won't have to worry about R.J. Barrett.

Also announced today was the giant tryout list for the USA U16 Girl's team:

It's too early to tell, but I am sure some of these names will become a bigger deal from a Duke perspective as the recruiting process continues.

05-15-2019, 08:46 PM
As expected, Miela Goodchild made the first cut for Australia's U19 team:

There are no direct Duke ties, but USA Basketball will be holding tryouts for two teams over the rest of the week:

05-20-2019, 08:59 PM
Bella Alarie was named to the Pan American Games roster among other active collegians:

Yesterday, the U19 Girls' roster was named:

05-23-2019, 09:00 PM
There are no direct Duke links yet in the U19 Men's tryout list, but there are plenty of recruiting implications:

The USA U16 Boy's team has started tryouts as I am sure that there will be recruiting news about these guys too soon:

Also starting are the U16 Girl's tryouts, which features a different approach with 152 players:

05-27-2019, 11:38 AM
A weekend of tryouts has been completed, but neither team has been finalized.

The USA U16 Boy's team is down to 13 players, so they will make their last cut later:

The USA U16 Girl's team has made many cuts to get down from 152 to 18, but still have difficult choices to make:

Also of note this weekend was Antonio Vrankovic's father being elected to FIBA Europe's board as he also holds the title of president of Croatia's national federation.

06-02-2019, 11:42 PM
I don't usually post about 3x3, but Bella Alarie was selected by USA Basketball to play in a national team event over the weekend in China. They finished 6th, but it was a good experience against teams that have played much more in this format.

The USA U16 Girl's team made their last six cuts to reach a final roster:

The Boy's team had one more cut to make:

They will start their Americas tournament in Brazil on Monday at 5:15pm ET against Argentina. Games are supposed to be on FIBA's YouTube channel as I am sure these names will become more known soon as the recruiting process rolls on, but the streams have not been linked up yet.

06-03-2019, 08:47 PM
The USA boys team was under new coaching for the first time in a long time and they had a terrible start against Argentina before tying it by halftime then winning 83-57:

Here is the video of the game:

Their next game is against Mexico at 12:30pm ET on Tuesday, but video links are not on FIBA's YouTube channel, but are expected to be with both English and Spanish options (though no Portuguese for the home fans).

Also in Group A, the Dominican Republic beat Mexico 71-66 with a strong second half:

Canada eventually pulled away from Uruguay 101-63 and hosts Brazil beat Puerto Rico 72-58:

06-04-2019, 08:57 PM
Here is the official announcement regarding Miela Goodchild and Australia's U19 team:

Now that they have more players available, she goes from being the best player on the team to having to compete for a starting spot.

It was another slow start for the USA U16 Boys, but they doubled up Mexico 104-52:

Also in the group, the Dominican Republic beat Argentina 90-77:

That means that the United States and the Dominican Republic will play for the top spot in Wednesday's game at 12:30pm ET. FIBA does not have the YouTube links up yet and today's language options were Spanish and Portuguese so it is unclear what languages will be available.

In the other group, Puerto Rico beat Uruguay 69-58 and then the day ended with Canada beating Brazil 90-67:

06-05-2019, 08:53 PM
The USA Basketball plans for the Men's team this summer are supposed to revealed next week so details are starting to leak out now. There are supposed to be 18 players on the main training camp list and almost that many names have been speculated, including Jayson Tatum. They are intending to carry 10 players on the USA Select team for practice and Marvin Bagley is supposed to be on there while they plan on asking Zion Williamson to try to impress in that format to move up to the main list.

The USA U16 Boy's team finished their group stage with a 122-71 win over the Dominican Republic:

Argentina beat Mexico in the other game in the group:
Standings: United States 3-0, Dominican Republic 2-1, Argentina 1-2, Mexico 1-3

In the other group Canada took the top spot with a 96-76 win, helping drop Puerto Rico to the bottom spot, because Uruguay picked up their first win 68-55 over Brazil to also flip the tiebreakers to their favor:
Standings: Canada 3-0, Uruguay 1-2, Brazil 1-2, Puerto Rico 1-2

Bracket (winners automatically advance to U17 World Championship next year):
United States vs Puerto Rico
Uruguay vs Argentina
Dominican Republic vs Brazil
Canada vs Mexico

The quarterfinal is currently scheduled for 2:45pm ET on Friday as all the teams get a day off with YouTube supposedly carrying the game in an unknown number of languages.

06-06-2019, 11:42 PM
We may have our first confirmed NBA Summer League participant, but it comes from an unexpected source. Croatia was given the chance to enter a national team this year and Antonio Vrankovic is one of the fifteen players on the initial list for senior national team duties this year:

They will also be playing three tournaments in China so it is possible that not everyone will be at every event. This does seem to make it less likely that he represents them in the World University Games as that would cause a time conflict.

06-08-2019, 12:02 AM
The USA U16 Boy's team had another slow start, but doubled up Puerto Rico 102-51:

The other quarterfinals also qualified the winners to the next U17 World Championship. Canada was not that inspiring, but beat Mexico 95-78. Argentina got some luck with the games in the other group to get a favorable matchup and beat Uruguay 62-53. The closest game was the last one as the Dominican Republic escaped hosts Brazil 73-71.

The United States will face Argentina again, this time at 7:30pm ET on Saturday with YouTube expected to have the links at some point.

06-08-2019, 11:59 PM
The USA U16 Boys team took Argentina plenty seriously this time and rolled to a 90-58 win:

They will face Canada in the Final at 7:30pm ET on Sunday, with a YouTube broadcast expected, after their 97-81 win over the Dominican Republic:

In the consolation bracket, Puerto Rico beat Uruguay 65-40 and Brazil just edged Mexico 64-62:

FIBA is implementing a more organized worldwide system of competition for national teams and this has benefited many countries. They conducted the draw for upcoming Asia qualifiers:

06-09-2019, 07:22 AM
The USA U16 Boys team took Argentina plenty seriously this time and rolled to a 90-58 win:

They will face Canada in the Final at 7:30pm ET on Sunday, with a YouTube broadcast expected, after their 97-81 win over the Dominican Republic:

In the consolation bracket, Puerto Rico beat Uruguay 65-40 and Brazil just edged Mexico 64-62:

FIBA is implementing a more organized worldwide system of competition for national teams and this has benefited many countries. They conducted the draw for upcoming Asia qualifiers:

Bit of a Sunday morning puzzle, isn't it? I mean, "Who are these guys?" INA, MAS, GUM, PLE? Maybe INA is Indonesia.

06-09-2019, 10:22 AM
Bit of a Sunday morning puzzle, isn't it? I mean, "Who are these guys?" INA, MAS, GUM, PLE? Maybe INA is Indonesia.

I assume that they are the IOC country codes:


But, yes, not obvious on some of these.

06-09-2019, 10:30 AM
I assume that they are the IOC country codes:


But, yes, not obvious on some of these.

Thanks. There has to be a source, doesn't there. I am still trying to puzzle them out on my own. Maybe GUM is Guam. Is that really a country?

06-09-2019, 10:40 AM
Thanks. There has to be a source, doesn't there. I am still trying to puzzle them out on my own. Maybe GUM is Guam. Is that really a country?

Thatís two you got. Just need good guesses on PLE and MAS.

06-09-2019, 11:55 PM
Unfortunately I won't be picking sagegrouse for a flag trivia team.

Guam is allowed to field a team like Puerto Rico is and they benefit from the new system where they also compete against teams from Asia and not just the ones from Oceania.

The USA U16 Boy's team did their job with a 94-77 win over Canada, but will probably be looking to be sharper next year against teams from around the world:

The Dominican Republic has been rather impressive and took the bronze medal with an 80-77 win over Argentina:

In the consolation bracket, Brazil beat Puerto Rico 78-61 and Mexico avoided last place with a 74-68 win over Uruguay:

06-15-2019, 11:15 PM
There were a couple of tweaks to the U19 Men's team training camp roster:

R.J. Hampton has already begun ducking events. It's not like he has summer school or anywhere else to be right now. The official excuse is apparently insurance premiums, but that seems like something USA Basketball could take care of if they were pushed to do so.

The USA U16 Girl's team starts their quest for the championship of the Americas at 3:30pm ET on Sunday against Mexico. FIBA has actually planned ahead a bit for this one and already provided a link for the game in a currently unknown language:

It's a little early to know whether there are Duke recruiting implications with this team.

Even though I said that I would not cover 3x3 much, Bella Alarie did play with the USA team at a tournament in Turin this weekend, but had to miss the end due to an injury, but more details have not been provided yet.

06-16-2019, 11:39 PM
The USA U16 Girl's game ended up not being played because Mexico was unable to reach Chile in time. When trouble was first on the horizon, the game was pushed back in the day, but that did not work out. The game will be played on Wednesday during the scheduled off day. Fortunately, the United States figures to cruise through the first four games or so leaving plenty of energy even with no rest before the last two days of games.

They are supposed to player El Salvador at 3:30pm ET on Monday and can be seen here:

El Salvador lost to Chile 63-46 in the game in the group that was played:

In the other group, Canada beat Ecuador 79-33 and Brazil edged Puerto Rico 62-57:

06-17-2019, 08:51 PM
For some reason, Duke's men's team seems to like to pretend that other countries don't have national teams. Jack White was named to Australia's World University Games team as they play in Italy in early July:

I don't usually do full coverage of the tournament since it's not an official FIBA event, but I will treat it like an exhibition tournament and try to update his games.

The USA U16 Girl's team finally got to play a game and beat El Salvador 114-19 as Londynn Jones scored enough in 19 minutes to win the game herself:

I did not watch so the game so I can't offer any opinions on whether they celebrated too much.

Their next game against Chile can be seen here at 8:15pm ET:

Mexico finally arrived, but lost to the hosts 61-34:

In the other group, Puerto Rico beat Ecuador 52-39 and Canada looked pretty dominant themselves after doubling up Brazil 78-39:

06-18-2019, 08:53 PM
The first round of cuts have been made for the USA U19 Men:

The USA U16 Girl's team did not take it easy against their hosts, beating Chile 109-44:

The game against Mexico that was rescheduled will be played at 6pm ET on Wednesday and can be seen here:

In the other game in the group, Mexico beat El Salvador 73-25:

In the other group, Ecuador beat Brazil 71-55 and Canada beat Puerto Rico 83-40:
Standings: Canada 3-0, Puerto Rico 1-2, Ecuador 1-2, Brazil 1-2

06-19-2019, 08:42 PM
The USA U16 Girl's team finished up their group stage with a 98-33 win over Mexico:
Standings: United States 3-0, Chile 2-1, Mexico 1-2, El Salvador 0-3

Bracket (winners qualify for U17 World Championship):
Canada vs El Salvador
Chile vs Ecuador
Puerto Rico vs Mexico
United States vs Brazil

The USA game is at 3:30pm ET on Thursday, but the YouTube link is not up yet.

06-20-2019, 11:52 PM
As was expected, the USA Women's team will keep the same coaches for the rest of this cycle, which should mean good news for the health of Dan Hughes:

The USA U19 Men's team was named and there are now less recruiting implications for us:

The USA U16 Girl's team rolled to a 107-32 win over Brazil to secure World Championship qualification.

Their semifinals will be at 6pm ET on Friday with coverage on YouTube.

The first game of the day saw Canada hold El Salvador to their lowest scoring output yet in a 61-15 win. Puerto Rico secured their place with a thrilling 50-48 win over Mexico. Chile had the support of their home fans and that pushed them past Ecuador 56-43 as there was going to be a surprise qualifier either way.


Canada vs Chile
Puerto Rico vs United States

El Salvador vs Ecuador
Mexico vs Brazil

06-21-2019, 09:12 PM
I'm not sure whether this is news for this thread or the Summer League Thread, but Antonio Vrankovic is hanging out with his Croatia teammates as they prepared to get visas to travel to Las Vegas. Presumably he is a dual citizen so he was just there for moral support.

The USA U16 Girl's team had no issues again, beating Puerto Rico 103-30:

The final will be at 8:15pm ET on Saturday and should be viewable on YouTube even if the feed is not up yet.

The other semifinal saw Canada struggle with hosts Chile, but still win 50-38, making it seem less likely that they will be close to the United States in the final:

In the consolation bracket, Brazil beat Mexico 49-39 and Ecuador beat El Salvador 59-26:

06-22-2019, 10:08 PM
The USA U16 Girl's may have saved their most impressive performance for last, demolishing Canada 87-37 in the final:

Chile finished a great tournament at home with the bronze medal after beating Puerto Rico 59-49:

Ecuador won the consolation bracket by beating Brazil 59-47:

Mexico ended El Salvador's misery, avoiding last place with a 61-38 win:

06-27-2019, 08:26 PM
Hopefully I was lying about a lack of immediate recruiting implications for the USA U16 Girl's team. Payton Verhulst was named the MVP of the tournament and her mother played at Duke:

Today was the start of the EuroBasket Women tournament that will send its top six teams into the qualification process for the Olympics. I wrote about the first day of games here:

Here are the rosters of all the teams including any ties that the players have to the United States:


Great Britain:
Georgia Jones, Manchester Mystics (United Kingdom), Oral Roberts
Stefanie Collins, Cardiff Met Archers (United Kingdom), St. Bonaventure
Rachael Vanderwal, Gernika Bizkaia (Spain), Boston University
Chantelle Handy, Battipaglia (Italy), Marshall
Hannah Shaw, Cortegada (Spain), Miami
Mollie Campbell, Leicester Riders (United Kingdom), Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Johannah Leedham, Polkowice (Poland), Franklin Pierce (DII)
Janice Monakana, Sevenoaks Suns (United Kingdom), Toledo
Temi Fagbenle, Polkowice (Poland)/Minnesota Lynx, USC
Cheridene Green, Tennessee
Eilidh Simpson, Dijon (France), St. Francis (NY)
Karlie Samuelson, Braine (Belgium)/Los Angeles Sparks, Stanford

Paula Strautmane, Quinnipiac
Laura Purina, Siedlce (Poland), Northwest (JC)
Elina Babkina, Sleza Wroclaw (Poland), Drafted 29th in 2011 by Los Angeles Sparks
Karline Pilabere, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Aija Brumermane, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Luize Septe, South Florida
Ieva Krastina, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Ilze Jakobsone, Freiburg (Germany)
Zenta Melnika, San Martino di Lupari (Italy)
Kristine Vitola, TTT Riga (Latvia), UTEP
Kate Kreslina, TTT Riga (Latvia), Fordham
Digna Strautmane, Syracuse

Andrea Vilaro, Sedis (Spain), Florida
Laura Nicholls, Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Cristina Ouvina, Bourges (France)
Silvia Dominguez, Avenida (Spain)
Laia Palau, Uni Girona (Spain)
Marta Xargay, Dynamo Kursk (Russia), WNBA (2015-2016)
Tamara Abalde, Valencia (Spain), Lamar
Anna Cruz, Dynamo Kursk (Russia), WNBA (2014-2016)
Maria Pina, Valencia (Spain)
Queralt Casas, Sopron (Hungary)
Laura Gil, Avenida (Spain)
Astou Ndour, Cukurova (Turkey)/Chicago Sky

Viktoriya Kondus, Kyiv (Ukraine)
Vladyslava Voloshyna, Kyiv (Ukraine)
Vita Horobets, Namur (Belgium)
Oleksandra Kurasova, Chayka Berdiansk (Ukraine)
Miriam Uro-Nile, Frankivsk (Ukraine)
Olga Yatskovets, Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
Olesia Malashenko, Braine (Belgium)
Taisiia Udodenko, Sleza Wroclaw (Poland)
Alina Iagupova, Cukurova (Turkey), Drafted 34th by Los Angeles Sparks in 2013
Anna Olkhovyk, Kyiv (Ukraine)
Liudmyla Naumenko, Cukurova (Turkey)
Arina Bilotserkivska, Ostrovia (Poland)


Czech Republic:
Renata Brezinova, Torun (Poland)
Kamila Stepanova, Landerneau (France)
Romana Hejdova, Landes (France)
Karolina Elhotova, USK Prague (Czech Republic)
Veronika Vorackova, Syracuse and transferring to Rhode Island
Lenka Bartakova, KP Brno (Czech Republic)
Beata Adamcova, Brno (Czech Republic)
Katerina Elhotova, USK Prague (Czech Republic)
Tereza Vyoralova, USK Prague (Czech Republic)
Tereza Krakovicova, Nymburk (Czech Republic)
Renata Pudlakova, Keltern (Germany)
Klara Vojtikova, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)

Olivia Epoupa, Besiktas (Turkey)
Ornella Bankole, Lattes Montpellier (France)
Marine Fauthoux, Tarbes (France)
Endy Miyem, Lattes Montpellier (France), WNBA (2018)
Alexia Chartereau, Bourges (France)
Sandrine Gruda, Schio (Italy), WNBA (2008-2010, 2014, 2016-17)
Valeriane Ayayi, USK Prague (Czech Republic), WNBA (2015)
Iliana Rupert, Bourges (France)
Bria Hartley, Fenerbahce (Turkey)/New York Liberty, UConn
Marine Johannes, Bourges (France)/New York Liberty
Marieme Badiane, Lyon (France)
Sara Chevaugeon, Charleville (France)

Jovana Pasic, Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania)
Jelena Vucetic, Buducnost (Montenegro)
Natasa Popovic, Strasbourg (France)
Dragana Zivkovic, Buducnost (Montenegro)
Snezana Aleksic, Beroe (Bulgaria)
Bozica Mujovic, Wisla Krakow (Poland)
Milena Jaksic, Buducnost (Montenegro)
Bojana Kovacevic, Aviles (Spain)
Milica Jovanovic, Sant Adria (Spain)
Violeta Lazerevic, Buducnost (Montenegro)
Irena Matovic, Adelantados (Spain)
Glory Johnson, Hatay (Turkey)/Dallas Wings, Tennessee

Farhiya Abdi, Galatasaray (Turkey), WNBA (2013-2015)
Kalis Loyd, Sesto San Giovanni (Italy), Lamar
Frida Eldebrink, Szekszard (Hungary), WNBA (2016)
Klara Lundquist, Sodertalje (Sweden)
Ellen Nystrom, Gipuzkoa (Spain), Colorado State
Elin Eldebrink, Avenida (Spain)
Danielle Hamilton-Carter, Cegled (Hungary), Georgia Tech
Regan Magarity, Virginia Tech, Drafted 33rd in 2019 by Connecticut Sun
Binta Drammeh, Araski (Spain)
Louice Halvarsson, Wetterbygden (Sweden)
Josefin Vesterberg, Mechelen (Belgium)
Amanda Zahui B, Sopron (Hungary)/New York Liberty, Minnesota


Hungary (surnames second):
Petra Pusztai, ZTE (Hungary)
Virag Kiss, Szekszard (Hungary)
Debora Dubei, Sopron (Hungary)
Krisztina Raksanyi, Gyor (Hungary)
Agnes Studer, Szekszard (Hungary)
Zsofia Varga, Gyor (Hungary)
Dora Horti, ZTE (Hungary)
Reka Lelik, NKE (Hungary)
Yvonne Turner, Sopron (Hungary)/Phoenix Mercury, Nebraska
Bernadett Horvath, NKE (Hungary)
Bernadett Hatar, Sopron (Hungary)
Dorina Zele, DVTK (Hungary)

Caterina Dotto, San Martino di Lupari (Italy)
Nicole Romeo, Ragusa (Italy), Washington
Giorgia Sottana, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Cecilia Zandalasini, Fenerbahce (Turkey)/Minnesota Lynx
Francesca Dotto, Schio (Italy)
Valeria De Pretto, Venezia (Italy)
Martina Crippa, Schio (Italy)
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech
Elisa Ercoli, Sesto San Giovanni (Italy)
Sabrina Cinili, Ragusa (Italy)
Olbis Futo Andre', Schio (Italy)
Elisa Penna, Wake Forest

Aleksandra Kroselj, Celje (Slovenia)
Teja Oblak, USK Prague (Czech Republic)
Annamaria Prezelj, Gorzow Wielkopolski (Poland)
Marusa Senicar, Celje (Slovenia)
Teja Gorsic, Poprad (Slovakia)
Nika Baric, Ekaterinburg (Russia), Drafted 20th in 2012 by Minnesota Lynx
Tina Jakovina, Wasserburg (Germany)
Eva Rupnik, Eintracht Braunschweig (Germany)
Eva Lisec, Schio (Italy)
Zala Friskovec, Celje (Slovenia)
Shante Evans, Villeneuve (France), Hofstra
Merisa Dautovic, Maribor (Slovenia)

Asena Yalcin, Mersin (Turkey)
Pelin Bilgic, Cukurova (Turkey)
Ayse Cora, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Olcay Cakir, Botas (Turkey), Drafted 27th in 2013 by New York Liberty
Cansu Koksal, Hatay (Turkey)
Bahar Caglar, Besiktas (Turkey)
Isil Alben, Galatasaray (Turkey)
Tugce Canitez, Fenerbahce (Turkey), Westmont (NAIA)
Tilbe Senyurek, Fernerbahce (Turkey)
Inci Guclu, Galatasaray (Turkey)
Esra Ural, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Kiah Stokes, Fenerbahce (Turkey)/New York Liberty, UConn


Aliaksandra Tarasava, Hannover (Germany)
Katsiaryna Snytsina, Hatay (Turkey)
Yuliya Rytsikava, Gorzow (Poland)
Tatsiana Likhtarovich, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)
Volha Ziuzkova, Horizont Minsk (Belarus)
Anastasiya Verameyenka, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Arina Masko, Olimpia Grodno (Belarus)
Maryia Papova, Gorzow (Poland)
Hanna Brych, Horizont Minsk (Belarus)
Alex Bentley, Elitzur Holon (Israel)/Atlanta Dream, Penn State
Viktoriya Hasper, Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)
Yanina Inkina, Arkansas-Little Rock

Kim Mestdagh, Cukurova (Turkey)/Washington Mystics, Colorado State
Antonia Delaere, Braine (Belgium)
Marjorie Carpreaux, Mechelen (Belgium)
Emma Meesseman, Ekaterinburg (Russia)/Washington Mystics
Ann Wauters, no club, WNBA (2000-2002, 2004-2005, 2008-2009, 2012, 2016)
Kyara Linskens, Gorzow Wielkopolski (Poland)
Hanne Mestdagh, Namur (Belgium), Colorado State
Serena Lynn-Geldof, Namur (Belgium), Miami
Heleen Nauwelaers, Bembibre (Spain)
Julie Vanloo, PEAC (Hungary)
Jana Raman, Claret (Spain)
Julie Allemand, Lyon (France), Drafted 33rd in 2016 by Indiana Fever

Raisa Musina, Ekaterinburg (Russia), Drafted 21st in 2018 by Phoenix Mercury
Evgeniya Belyakova, Ekaterinburg (Russia), WNBA (2016)
Maria Vadeeva, Ekaterinburg (Russia)/Los Angeles Sparks
Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Anastasia Shilova, Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Anastasia Logunova, MBA (Russia)
Natalia Vieru, Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Elena Beglova, Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Anna Leshkovtseva, MBA (Russia)
Julia Gladkova, Bembibre (Spain)
Zhosselina Maiga, Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Ksenia Levchenko, Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia)

Maja Miljkovic, Kayseri (Turkey)
Sonja Petrovic, Dynamo Kursk (Russia), WNBA (2012, 2016)
Sasa Cado, Mersin (Turkey)
Nevena Jovanovic, NKE (Hungary)
Jelena Milovanovic, Sopron (Hungary), WNBA (2014)
Dajana Butulija, Lublin (Poland)
Aleksandra Crvendakic, Sopron (Hungary)
Nikolina Milic, Broni (Italy)
Dragana Stankovic, Bydgoszcz (Poland), Drafted 30th in 2015 by San Antonio Stars
Aleksandra Stanacev, Zamarat (Spain)
Ana Dabovic, Lattes Montpellier (France), WNBA (2015-2016)
Maja Skoric, DVTK (Hungary)

06-28-2019, 07:35 PM
Semi Ojeleye is on the list as Nigeria named a massive preliminary roster for the World Cup which includes pretty much every player they could think of including for now:

EuroBasket Women continued today and I wrote about it here:

The USA U19 Men's Team starts the World Championship at 1pm ET on Saturday and can be watched here:

The team has had a pair of exhibition games in Greece, beating the hosts easily and then narrowly edging Serbia.

Here are the rosters for the other teams:


Justinas Ramanauskas, Jonava (Lithuania)
Martynas Arlauskas, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), Gonzaga signee
Gertautas Urbonavicius, Cardinal Gibbons (Florida)
Dovydas Giedraitis, Estudiantes (Spain)
Simas Jarumbauskas, Vilnius (Lithuania)
Erikas Venskus, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Klaidas Metrikis, Neptunas Klapeida (Lithuania)
Giedrius Bergaudas, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Rokas Jokubaitis, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Matas Vaitkus, Neptunas Klapeida (Lithuania)
Nojus Mineikis, Neptunas Klapedia (Lithuania)
Domantas Vilys, Vilnius (Lithuania)

New Zealand:
Oscar Oswald, St. Edward's (DII)
Samuel Mennenga, Westlake Boys (New Zealand)
Kruz Perrot-Hunt, New Zealand Breakers (Australia)/Nelson Giants (New Zealand), South Dakota signee
James Moors, Westlake Boys (New Zealand), Colorado State signee
Jaga Mete, Auckland Grammar (New Zealand)
Max de Geest, New Zealand Breakers (Australia), Long Beach State signee
Flynn Cameron, DePaul
Maxw Darling, Vrijednosnice Osijek (Croatia)
Tom Higgins, Texas A&M International (DII)
Isaac Faamausili, Palmerston North Boys (New Zealand)
Max Stephens, Hamilton Boys (New Zealand)
Rawiri Poppe, West City Titans (Australia)

Jean-Jacques Boissy, NBA Academy (Senegal)
Babacar Cisse Diallo, Patrick School (New Jersey)
Papa Malick Mactar Thiam, NBA Academy (Senegal)
Khalifa Ababacar Diop, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Cheikh Tidiane Faye, Chipola (JC)
Ibou Dianko Badji, Barcelona (Spain)
Mouhamed Lamine Mbaye, NBA Academy (Senegal)
Pierre Waly Sene, Malaga (Spain)
Amar Sylla, Real Madrid (Spain)
Pape Ablaye Sow, Saski Baskonia (Spain)
Abdou Aziz Bandaogo, NBA Academy (Senegal)
Biram Faye, Obila (Spain)


Alex Ducas, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia), St. Mary's signee
Isaiah Lee, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia), UC Irvine signee
Kody Stattmann, Virginia
Tamuri Wigness, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia)
Sean Macdonald, Kilsyth Cobras (Australia)
Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, Perth Wildcats (Australia)/Warwick Senators (Australia), Cal Baptist signee
Josh Gatbel, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia), USF signee
Kyle Bowen, Perth Wildcats (Australia)/Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia), St. Mary's signee
Callum Dalton, Southern Districts Spartans (Australia)
Samson Froling, Creighton
Keli Leaupepe, Dandenong Rangers (Australia), Loyola Marymount signee
Tyler Robertson, Dandenong Rangers (Australia), Eastern Washington signee

Karim Mane, Vanier College (Canada)
Tyrese Samuel, Orangeville Prep (Canada), Seton Hall signee
Joel Brown, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire) and Cal signee
Damion Squire, UC Davis
Jahcobi Neath, Crestwood Prep (Canada), Wake Forest signee
Josh Primo, Huntington Prep (West Virginia)
A.J. Lawson, South Carolina
Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe, Orangeville Prep (Canada)
Thomas Kennedy, University of Windsor (Canada)
Charles Bediako, Andrew Osborne Academy (Ohio)
Jaden Bediako, Ridley College (Canada), Santa Clara signee
Keon Ambrose-Hilton, Andrews Osborne Academy (Ohio)

Davids Viksne, Ventspils (Latvia)
Edvards Mezulis, University of Latvia (Latvia)
Ricards Vitolskis, Ventspils (Latvia)
Arturs Kurucs, Saski Baskonia (Spain)
Valters Veveris, Andorra (Spain)
Armands Berkis, Andorra (Spain)
Oskars Hlebovicikis, Jurmala (Latvia)
Adrians Snipke, University of Latvia (Latvia)
Marcis Steinbergs, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Rodrigo Bumeisters, Jekabpils (Latvia)
Ojars Berzins, UCAM Murcia (Spain)
Anrijs Miska, Fuenlabrada (Spain)

Siriman Kanoute, Nancy (France)
Aboubacar Djire, CBD (Mali)
Modibo Sanogo, NBA Academy (Senegal)
Martin Diakite, Saint Michel (France)
Fouseyni Drame, Our Savior New American (New York) and St. Peter's signee
Oumar Ballo, NBA Academy (Mexico), Gonzaga signee
Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, Scotland Campus (Pennsylvania) and Pitt signee
Abdramane Camara, Sunrise Christian (Kansas)
Hassan Drame, Our Savior New American (New York) and St. Peter's signee
Mohamed Keita, CBD (Mali)
Gaoussou Fofana, CRB (Mali)
Mohamed Sidibe, Nancy (France)


Fausto Ruesga, Bahia (Argentina)
Bautista Lugarini, Bahia (Argentina)
Francisco Farabello, NBA Academy (Australia), TCU signee
Juan Ignacio Marcos, Penarol (Argentina)
Juan De La Fuente, Quilmes (Argentina)
Valentin Simondi, Independiente de Oliva (Argentina)
Marco Giordano, Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona (Spain)
Francisco Caffaro, Virginia
Lucas Reyes, Instituto Cordoba (Argentina)
Juan Francisco Fernandez, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Tomas Chapero, Bahia (Argentina)

Aristolelis Sotiriou, Panathinaikos (Greece), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee
Zois Karampelas, Peristeri (Greece)
Iosif Koloveros, Olympiakos (Greece)
Nikos Chougkaz, Panionios (Greece)
Fotios Georgalas, Iraklis (Greece)
Nikos Rogkavopoulos, AEK Athens (Greece)
Emmanouil Chatzidakis, Maroussi (Greece)
Nikos Arsenopoulos, Psychiko (Greece)
Stratos Vulgaropoulos, Aris (Greece)
Georgios Arnokouros, Dafni (Greece)
Chrysostomos Sandramanis, Promitheas Patras (Greece)
Periklis Bazinas, Apollon Patras (Greece)

Gerry Abadiano, National University (Philippines)
Miguel Oczon, National University (Philippines)
Dalph Panopio, Roseto (Italy)
Terrence Fortea, National University (Philippines)
Xyrus Torres, Far Eastern University (Philippines)
Dave Ildefonso, National University (Philippines)
James Spencer, University of Philippines (Philippines)
Rhayyan Amsali, San Beda University (Philippines)
AJ Edu, Toledo
Carl Tamayo, National University (Philippines)
Geo Chiu, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
Kai Sotto, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Aleksandr Shcherbenev, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)
Aleksandr Baryshev, Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
Aleksandr Petenev, Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
Nikita Mikhailovski, Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
Dmitri Kadoshnikov, Khimki Moscow (Russia)
Anton Kvitkovskikh, Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
Aleksandr Ershov, CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Sergey Dolinin, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)
Zakhar Vedishchev, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)
Makar Konovalov, CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Ilia Sorokin, Khimki Moscow (Russia)
Vladislav Goldin, CSKA Moscow (Russia)


China (family name first where applicable):
Xu Jie, Guangdong (China)
Jiang Haoran, Jiangsu (China)
Shi Yanbo, Bayi (China)
Guo Haowen, Bayi (China)
Xu Ke, Guangsha (China)
Ji Zhuo, Guangsha
Jiao Boqiao, Shanxi (China)
Lyu Anyu, Jilin (China)
Jiang Weize, Jilin (China)
Li Jiaheng, Beikong (China)
Michael Wang, Penn
Li Lutong, Jiangsu (China)

Yohan Choupas, Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France)
Karlton Dimanche, Cholet (France)
Florian Leopold, Cholet (France)
Babacar Niasse, Elan Chalon (France)
Hugo Robineau, Cholet (France)
Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga
Mathis Dossou-Yovo, Elan Chalon (France)
Jacques Eyoum, LeMans (France)
Kenny Baptiste, LeMans (France)
Nicholas Evtimov, Greensboro Day (North Carolina) and Western Carolina signee
Yoan Makoundou, Cholet (France)
Lucas Bourhis, Gravelines (France)

Puerto Rico:
Andre Curbelo, Long Island Lutheran (New York)
Giovanni Santiago, Hargrave Military Academy (Virginia) and Kent State signee
Dyondre Dominguez, New Hampton (New Hampshire)
Victor Rosa, Central Pointe Christian (Florida)
Julian Strawther, Liberty (Nevada) and Gonzaga commit
Jermaine Miranda, NBA Global Academy
Jose Placer, UMBC and transferring to North Florida
Jorge Torres, Post (DII)
Jatsiel Colon, Lima (Ohio)
Luis Rolon, Central Pointe Christian (Florida)
Diego Romero, Central Pointe Christian (Florida)
Harry Sosa, Central Pointe Christian (Florida)

Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
Ognjen Micovic, Borac Cacak (Serbia)
Altin Islamovic, OKK Belgrade (Serbia)
Zoran Paunovic, FMP Belgrade (Serbia)
Uros Trifunovic, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Luka Cerovina, OKK Belgrade (Serbia)
Toma Vasiljevic, Dynamic Belgrade (Serbia)
Marko Pecarski, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Lazar Grbovic, Dynamic Belgrade (Serbia)
Dalibor Ilic, Mega (Serbia)
Aleksa Cubic, Sloboda Uzce (Serbia)
Pavle Kuzmanovic, OKK Belgrade (Serbia)

06-29-2019, 03:32 PM
The USA U19 Men's team started the World Championship by using a strong second half to beat New Zealand 111-71. A couple of players with college plans featured in the loss as James Moors had 14 points and Max de Geest had 12 points while DePaul's Flynn Cameron had 11 points and 6 assists.

Their next game will be at 10:45am ET on Sunday, but FIBA has not posted the YouTube link yet.

Lithuania beat Senegal 76-52 in the other Group A game.

The NBA has invested a lot of resources into Africa and Mali opened up with an impressive 93-79 win over Latvia in Group B. Karim Coulibaly, who will play for Jeff Capel at Pitt, had 22 points and 6 rebounds and Fousseyni Drame, one of the twins headed to St. Peter's, had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Defending champions Canada beat Australia 81-76 as A.J. Lawson of South Carolina had 23 points and 8 rebounds and Seton Hall-bound Tyrese Samuel had 10 points and 7 rebounds. For Australia, Kody Stattmann of Virginia had 21 points and Samson Froling of Creighton had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Group C also ended up being rather competitive. Argentina forced overtime after nearly collapsing against Russia, escaping with an 86-84 win as Virginia's Francisco Caffaro had 17 points. The Philippines lost their best player early in the game, but fought hard against Greece before falling 85-69 as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee Aristotelis Sotiriou had 16 points and 9 rebounds.

In Group D, Serbia started with a 106-57 win over China with 23 points and 8 rebounds from Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev. Gonzaga was also represented in the other game as Joel Ayayi led France past Puerto RIco 91-68.

06-30-2019, 03:47 PM
There were some thoughts that this game could be tough for the USA U19 Men's team, but they took an early lead against Lithuania on their way to a 102-84 win.

In the other Group A game, New Zealand came back late to beat Senegal 66-64. Incoming collegians helped their team win as Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 14 points and James Moors had 10 points while current DII player Oscar Oswald had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

In Group B, Mali continued their impressive tournament with a 71-70 win over Canada with good games from the Drame twins as Hassan had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Fousseyni had 12 points and 15 rebounds while Abdramane Camara, whose next destination is unclear after his prep career, had 10 points. Ohio prepster Keon Ambrose-Hylton had 16 points and A.J. Lawson of South Carolina had 11 points in the loss. Australia bounced back and beat Latvia 81-52 with 15 points and 10 rebounds from St. Mary's signee Kyle Bowen.

In Group C, TCU signee Francisco Farabello had 15 points in Argentina's 77-72 win over the Philippines. Russia ended the day with an 83-75 win over hosts Greece.

Group D play started the day and France rolled again, this time past China 119-56 as Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Serbia looked to be cruising early, but then Puerto Rico fought back and they barely held on to a 75-74 win as Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Gonzaga featured on the other side too as their future player Julian Strawther had 22 points and 6 rebounds, Jorge Torres had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Victor Rosa had 11 points as most of the roster has spent time in the states part of the United States.

EuroBasket Women finished their Group Stage today, which means that Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Belarus have been eliminated. I wrote about all of the day's games here:

07-02-2019, 12:00 AM
The USA U19 Men's team finishes group play against Senegal at 9am ET on Tuesday and can be seen here:

Two teams gave themselves two shots at the women's tournament at the Olympics as Sweden eliminated Latvia and Great Britain eliminated Montenegro. Two more elimination games will be played tomorrow.

07-03-2019, 12:07 AM
The USA U19 Men's team finished up the group stages with an 87-58 win over Senegal. Cheikh Faye, who has spent time in junior college, had 12 points in the loss.

The next game will be Wednesday at 6:15am ET and can be seen here:

The other game in the group was for second place and it was a mild surprise with New Zealand edging Lithuania 77-75. Players with college plans figured in the win as Flynn Cameron had 14 points and 7 rebounds, James Moors had 12 points, Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Max de Geest had 11 points.
Standings: United States 3-0, New Zealand 2-1, Lithuania 1-2, Senegal 0-3

Australia prevented Mali from winning Group B after hanging on to an 82-79 win despite 20 points and 7 rebounds from Gonzaga signee Oumar Ballo and 17 points from Pitt-bound Abdoul Coulibaly. That left the door open for Canada to win and take the tiebreaker, but they barely managed to get the result they needed fending off Latvia 78-76 with 22 points and 17 rebounds from Seton Hall signee Tyrese Samuel and 19 points and 12 rebounds from prepster Charles Bediako.
Standings: Canada 2-1, Australia 2-1, Mali 2-1, Latvia 0-3

Argentina won Group C with a strong second half against hosts Greece to get a 73-68 win though Texas A&M Corpus Christi signee Aristotelis Sotiriou did have 11 points and 7 rebounds. Russia finished behind them with a 92-64 win over the Philippines.
Standings: Argentina 3-0, Russia 2-1, Greece 1-2, Philippines 0-3

The titanic Group D clash for the top spot went to Serbia 85-76 over France as Filip Petrusev had 18 points and 13 rebounds to beat his Gonzaga teammate Joel Ayayi, who had 33 points. China avoided last place as a ridiculous statline from Guo Haowen was a part of their 99-94 win over Puerto Rico. In the loss, another Gonzaga name Julian Strawther had 35 points and Jorge Torres had 18 points and 9 rebounds and Andre Curbelo had 17 points and 13 assists among other players who played high school basketball on the mainland.
Standings: Serbia 3-0, France 2-1, China 1-2, Puerto Rico 0-3

United States vs Latvia
Russia vs China
Lithuania vs Australia
Philippines vs Serbia
New Zealand vs Mali
Argentina vs Puerto Rico
Senegal vs Canada
Greece vs France

Belgium beat Slovenia and Russia beat Italy at EuroBasket Women to keep their Olympic hopes alive. I wrote more about the games here:

07-03-2019, 11:11 PM
The USA U19 Men's team started the knockout round games by beating Latvia 116-66:

Mali beat New Zealand 77-62 as they look to make history, getting 15 points and 17 rebounds from Gonzaga signee Oumar Ballo, 12 points and 8 rebounds from St. Peter's signee Fousseyni Drame, and 11 points and 13 rebounds from Pitt signee Abdoul Coulibaly while Colorado State signee James Moores had 12 points and 7 rebounds and Long Beach State signee Max de Geest had 11 points. Russia beat China 96-83 to set up a game against the United States. Puerto Rico shocked group winner Argentina 77-57 as Gonzaga commit Julian Strawther had 15 points and 10 rebounds, New York high schooler Andre Curbelo had 14 points, and New Hampshire prepster Dyondre Dominguez had 12 points. Lithuania beat Australia 91-74 despite 17 points and 8 rebounds from Creighton's Samson Froling and 16 points and 7 rebounds from LMU signee Keli Leaupepe. Filip Petrusev of Gonzaga had 17 points and 8 rebounds in Serbia's 87-60 win over the Philippines. The two current collegians led Canada as South Carolina's A.J. Lawson had 31 points and 7 rebounds and Damion Squire of UC Davis had 18 points while prepster Charles Bediako had 10 points and 6 rebounds in their 90-79 win over Senegal, which got 24 points from junior college player Cheikh Faye. France ended the day by eliminating hosts Greece 77-46 with 11 points from Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi as Texas A&M Corpus Christi signee Aristotelis Sotiriou had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


United States vs Russia
Lithuania vs Serbia
Mali vs Puerto Rico
Canada vs France

Latvia vs China
Australia vs Philippines
New Zealand vs Argentina
Senegal vs Greece

07-04-2019, 04:18 PM
Jack White was voted as team captain by his teammates ahead of the World University Games. He had 5 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes in a 92-64 loss to Israel. Dejan Vasiljevic of Miami had 14 points and Tanner Krebs of St. Mary's had 10 points.

The USA U19 Men's team faces Russia next at 11am ET on Friday and can be seen here:

The EuroBasket Women quarterfinals were played and Great Britain, Spain, France, and Serbia won to also keep their Olympic hopes alive. I wrote more about the games here:

07-04-2019, 05:46 PM
Jack White was voted as team captain by his teammates ahead of the World University Games. He had 5 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes in a 92-64 loss to Israel. Dejan Vasiljevic of Miami had 14 points and Tanner Krebs of St. Mary's had 10 points.

The USA U19 Men's team faces Russia next at 11am ET on Friday and can be seen here:

The EuroBasket Women quarterfinals were played and Great Britain, Spain, France, and Serbia won to also keep their Olympic hopes alive. I wrote more about the games here:

Go, Jack!


07-05-2019, 08:35 PM
Jack White had 5 points in 10 minutes before fouling out in Australia's 105-62 win over Mexico at the World University Games. Dejan Vasiljevic had 20 points, Stanford's Isaac White had 15 points, Tanner Krebs had 12 points, and Jonah Antonio, who played in junior college last season and has signed for UNLV, had 11 points. In the loss, ex-UTEP player Juan Venegas had 10 points.

The USA U19 Men's team won their quarterfinal game 95-80 over Russia after a strong first half.

They are in the second semifinal, which will be on at 1:30pm ET on Saturday and can be seen on ESPN+.

We were destined to have one surprise team in the semifinals and it was Mali, which beat Puerto Rico 84-74 with 22 points from St. Peter's signee Foysseyni Drame and 21 points and 17 rebound from Gonzaga signee Oumar Ballo. The other team had a number of players with high school experience on the mainland as Victor Rosa had 21 points, Julian Strawther had 12 points, and Jorge Torres had 11 points and 9 rebounds. The most anticipated matchup lived up to the hype as it took overtime for Lithuania to beat Serbia 92-85 as Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. A thriller also ended the day as Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead France past Canada 85-80. In the loss, Seton Hall signee Tyrese Samuel had 14 points and 8 rebounds, South Carolina's A.J. Lawson had 14 points, Santa Clara signee Jaden Bediako had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Cal signee Joel Brown and Wake Forest signee Jahcobi Neath had 10 points each.

The day started in the consolation bracket with Latvia beating China 87-84. TCU signee Francisco Farabello had 13 points and 7 assists in Argentina's 84-79 win while South Dakota signee Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 26 points and 8 rebounds. The only game that was not close was Australia's 82-60 win over the Philippines as Samson Froling of Creigton had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Virginia's Kody Stattmann had 11 points, and Eastern Washington signee Tyler Robertson had 10 points. It took two overtime to resolve the last game as Greece beat Senegal 102-97 as junior college player Cheikh Faye had 10 points in the loss.


United States vs Lithuania
Mali vs France

5th Place:
Russia vs Serbia
Puerto Rico vs Canada

9th Place:
Latvia vs Australia
Argentina vs Greece

13th Place:
China vs Philippines
New Zealand vs Senegal

07-06-2019, 03:32 PM
Jack White had 8 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes as Australia finished the group stage of the World University Games with an 88-59 win over the Czech Republic to advance to the quarterfinals. Dejan Vasiljevic had 21 points and George Blagojevic, who just finished his career at Hartford, had 10 points.

The USA U19 Men's team broke open their semifinal game against Lithuania in the second half on their way to a 102-67 win.

The other semifinal saw some history made as Mali guaranteed themselves a medal with a 76-73 win over France. Gonzaga signee Oumar Ballo had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Abdoul Coulibaly, who Jeff Capel should be excited about, had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and the Drame twins continue to have good tournaments as Fousseyni had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Hassan had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

The final will be on Sunday at 1:30pm ET and can be seen on ESPN+.

In the battle for 5th place, Russia beat Serbia 83-79 despite 13 points and 8 rebounds from Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev. Puerto Rico continued an excellent tournament with a 98-81 win over Canada, getting big games from players who have high school experience on the mainland. Andre Curbelo had 24 points and 6 assists, Julian Strawther had 21 points and 8 rebounds, Harry Sosa had 14 points, Jorge Torres had 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Jose Placer had 10 points. In the loss, prepster Charles Bediako and Damion Squire of UC Davis had 10 points each.

In the consolation bracket, Australia beat Latvia 94-80 with 20 points and 6 rebounds from St. Mary's signee Alex Ducas and 11 points and 6 rebounds each from Samson Froling of Creigton and Kody Stattmann of Virginia. Greece beat Argentina 72-66 to end the day.

Teams were also looking to avoid last place as the Philippines beat China 86-72 as both team made due without their best players. New Zealand beat Senegal 87-71 with 19 points and 7 steals from DePaul's Flynn Cameron, 17 points from Colorado State signee James Moors, 12 points from DII player Oscar Oswald, and 11 points from Long Beach State signee Max de Geest.

In Europe, Belgium and Sweden grabbed the last two spots in Olympic qualifying with wins at EuroBasket Women. I wrote about those and the other games here:

07-07-2019, 03:19 PM
The USA U19 Men's team got everything that they could handle in the final from Mali, only building up a bit of the lead in the second half and winning 93-79, meaning that Bruce Weber did something that John Calipari could not and giving the United States the chance to be the reigning champion of every event by the end of this year. In the loss, St. Peter's signee Hassan Drame had 17 points and 9 rebounds, Abdoul Coulibaly, who will now be ready to head to Pitt, had 17 points, and Gonzaga signee Oumar Ballo had 15 points and 7 rebounds.

The day started with the battle against last place and Senegal beat China 90-73 with 17 points and 7 assists from junior college player Cheikh Faye. New Zealand beat the Philippines 76-70 for 13th place with 21 points and 6 rebounds from DePaul's Flynn Cameron and 15 points from Long Beach State signee Max de Geest. Argentina beat Latvia 74-68 for 11th place. Australia beat Greece 71-52 in the 9th place game as St. Mary's signee Kyle Bowen had 12 points and 11 rebounds and LMU signee Keli Leaupepe had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Serbia beat Canada 110-92 for 7th place with 25 points and 9 rebounds from Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev while South Carolina's A.J. Lawson had 23 points and 6 assists and Damion Squire of UC Davis, prepster Charles Bediako, and Seton Hall signee Tyrese Samuel each had 10 points in the loss. Russia edged Puerto Rico 77-74 for 5th place despite 40 points and 10 rebounds from Gonzaga commit Julian Strawther and 14 points and 6 rebounds from Jorge Torres. Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi had 33 points and 7 rebounds to help France grab the last medal 73-68 over Lithuania.

The final day of EuroBasket Women was today and I wrote about the games here:

07-08-2019, 07:49 PM
Jack White had 19 points in 34 minutes as Australia beat Argentina 73-64 in the quarterfinals at the World University Games. Dejan Vasiljevic had 18 points and Tanner Krebs had 13 points. In the loss, 2015 NBA draft pick Juan Pablo Vaulet had 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-New Orleans player Erik Thomas had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

07-09-2019, 08:42 PM
Jack White had 13 points and 8 rebounds in 36 minutes, but Australia lost to Ukraine 82-80 in the semifinals at the World University Games. Tanner Krebs had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Dejan Vasiljevic had 17 points.

Jalen Johnson is among the players listed for the upcoming USA Basketball camp for young players:

The U19 Women's team has started training and they had to make a roster change:

To not leave anyone hanging, Bella Alarie recovered from whatever injury ended her last 3x3 event in time to play in the one going on right now, but I am not sure if playing in Ekaterinburg, Russia is really a reward or a punishment.

07-11-2019, 08:52 PM
Jack White had 11 points and 9 rebounds in 28 minutes to help Australia win the Bronze Medal at the World University games with an 86-69 win over Israel. Dejan Vasiljevic had 33 points.

The USA U19 Women's team was forced to make another roster change:

On the subject of U19 championships, teams are in the middle of the process to qualify for the next edition in two years before this one is even played. The U17 Centrobasket tournament is being held in San Juann Puerto Rico and finished today. The hosts and Mexico, which won the title game 61-56, earned two spots in next year's U18 Americas tournament that will qualify teams for the world championship in 2021 with wins yesterday and then today the Dominican Republic beat Guatemala 55-40 to grab the last spot.
Final Standings:
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic
Costa Rica
El Salvador

07-14-2019, 11:07 PM
The Women's U19 World Championship starts at the end of the week, but teams around the world continue to prepare for the one in 2021 as well. Europe's U18 Championships concluded today with teams trying to stay in Division A for the chance to play in that tournament in two years' time. The regional advantage of it being held in Sarajevo did not help much as Bosnia and Herzegovina lost to Lithuania 69-63 to be the last team relegated after Serbia and Croatia had been demoted with losses the day before.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teams playing in Skopje, North Macedonia were looking for the three spots that would elevate them to the top division for next summer. Finland beat Greece 63-56 for the championship with both teams already having clinched their places yesterday and Turkey joined them with a 65-57 win over Sweden.
Final Standings:
Great Britain
North Macedonia

Qualification for next year's U17 Boy's World Championship took place in Praia, Cape Verde, though the hosts struggled. Egypt and Mali won semifinals yesterday to lock up Africa's two spots and then played for the title today.
Final Standings:
Cape Verde

07-17-2019, 08:24 PM
As expected R.J. is among the players invited for Canada as they fight to return to the Olympics:

Ordinarily, I do not cover events that are not basketball-exclusive, but FIBA decided to use the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa as part of their process for future qualification so I will do a brief summary instead of treating it like a main event.

Guam beat Tahiti for the men's title, but both teams already secured future qualification places with semifinal wins.
Final Standings:
Papua New Guinea
New Caledonia
Solomon Islands

American Samoa beat Fiji for the women's championship and both teams qualified for future events with semifinals wins.
Final Standings:
American Samoa
Cook Islands
Papua New Guinea
New Caledonia

07-18-2019, 08:32 PM
Miela Goodchild and the Australian U19 team open up the World Championships against the United States at 1:15am ET on Saturday and can be seen here live or as a replay:

Here are all the non-USA rosters:


Sarah Te-Biasu, Niagara Prep (Canada)
Justina King, Long Beach State
Taya Hanson, Arizona State
Micah Dennis, Capital Courts Academy (Canada), Oklahoma State signee
Roxane Makolo, Dawson College (Canada), Purdue signee
Aaliyah Edwards, Crestwood Prep (Canada)
Merissah Russell, Capital Courts Academy (Canada), Louisville commit
Yvonne Ejim, Bishop Carroll (Canada), Gonzaga commit
Faith Dut, Semiahmoo Secondary (Canada), Florida signee
Brynn Masikewich, Lincoln Prep (Canada), UCLA signee
Niyah Becker, Utah
Christina Morra, Wake Forest

Nikola Ozola, TTT Riga (Latvia), Florida Atlantic signee
Elizabete Zumenta, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Klinta Dambrane, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Paula Klescova, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Eva Indrike, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Laura Meldere, Reyer Venezia (Italy)
Mara Mote, TTT Riga (Latvia), Arizona signee
Betija Rudzite, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Jete Nulle, TTT Riga (Latvia)
Alise Markova, Ancona (Italy), Miami Dade (JC) signee
Kristiana Koltone, no club
Aleksa Purmale, TTT Riga (Latvia)

Helena Augusto, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)
Jennifer Sigauque, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)
Ester Gomes, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)
Filipa Calisto, Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique)
Suze Cipriano, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)
Raida Luisa, A Politecnica (Mozambique)
Carla Budane, Benfica (Portugal)
Chanaya Pinto, Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Celia Sumbane, Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Chana Paxixe, Benfica (Portugal)
Sandra Magolico, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)
Hulda Joaquin, Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique)

Warangkhana Sirisathaphornsap, Secco (Thailand)
Phanwasa Boonjun, U19 (Thailand)
Yada Sriharaksa, U19 (Thailand)
Notthawan Ploywaenrattana, U19 (Thailand)
Sisiwimon Laosa, U19 (Thailand)
Sroifa Phetnin, Sripatum University (Thailand)
Supatcha Wanman, U19 (Thailand)
Pitchayapa Phuekraksa, U19 (Thailand)
Chonlada Salee, Secco (Thailand)
Taksaporn Charoenpanit, U19 (Thailand)
Mathurot Dangdee, U19 (Thailand)
Pimthicha Jantarwong, Dragon (Thailand)


Victoria Gauna, Berazategui (Argentina)
Laila Raviolo, Berazategui (Argentina)
Sol Castro, Lanus (Argentina)
Sofia Wolf, Berazategui (Argentina)
Martina Torres, Lanus (Argentina)
Sofia Acevedo, Lanus (Argentina)
Camila Suarez, Rocamora (Argentina)
Lucia Operto, Ben Hur (Argentina)
Maria Victoria Fux, Obras (Argentina), NJIT signee
Candela Gentinetta, Berazategui (Argentina)
Florencia Chagas, Schio (Italy)
Brenda Fontana, Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)

Emmeline Leblon, Liege (Belgium)
Paula Dits, Caldwell (DII)
Sam Van Buggenhout, Phantoms (Belgium)
Ema Hambursin, Liege (Belgium)
Marie Peeters, Liege (Belgium)
Marie Vervaet, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
Niki Heemels, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
Becky Massey, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
Billie Massey, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
Maxuella Lisowa, Braine (Belgium)
Tesse Kapenga, Deerlijk (Belgium)
Dominic Van Den Stock, Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)

China (family name first):
Zheng Ming, Beijing (China)
Li Yuan, Shandong (China)
Fang Zhuoya, Sichuan (China)
Li Bingzhen, Jiangsu (China)
Zhu Dandan, Zhejiang (China)
Luo Xinyu, Jiangsu (China)
Chen Mingling, Guangdong (China)
Li Yuyan, Chongqing (China)
Wan Jiyuan, Zhejiang (China)
Huang Kun, Jiangsu (China)
Xiao Tong, Sichuan (China)
Yu Jiajin, Zhejiang (China)

Aminata Sangare, Torrelodones (Spain)
Diarrah Sissoko, Police (Mali)
Assetou Sissoko, Stade Malien (Mali)
Awa Kamissoko, Kalanba (Mali)
Fanta Kone, Djoliba (Mali)
Hawa Coulibaly, Djoliba (Mali)
Awa Haidara, Djoliba (Mali)
Diouma Berthe, Commune 6 (Mali)
Gnere Alima Dembele, La Salle Melilla (Spain)
Aminata Toure, Djoliba (Mali)
Sika Kone, Adareva Tenerife (Spain)
Alima Kouyate, CBD (Mali)


Jazmin Shelley, Melbourne Boomers (Australia)/Geelong Supercats (Australia), Oregon signee
Shyla Heal, Perth Lynx (Australia)/Rockhampton Cyclones (Australia)/Sutherland Sharks (Australia)
Chelsea D'Angelo, Melbourne Boomers (Australia)/Nunawading Spectres (Australia)
Miela Goodchild, Duke
Lily Scanlon, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia)
Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia)
Gemma Potter, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (Australia)
Samantha Simons, St. Mary's
Isabelle Bourne, Canberra Capitals (Australia)/Geelong Supercats (Australia), Nebraska signee
Ula Motuga, Washington State
Alexandra Fowler, Townsville Fire (Australia)/Townsville Flames (Australia)
Isobel Anstey, Dandenong Rangers (Australia)

Hungary (surnames last):
Dorottya Budacsik, Vasas (Hungary)
Aya Keita, Gyor (Hungary)
Barbara Angyal, NKE (Hungary)
Fruzsina Hortvath, NKE (Hungary)
Berta Boros, Vasas (Hungary)
Reka Dombai, Vasas (Hungary)
Aliz Varga, Vasas (Hungary)
Nora Wentzel, PEAC (Hungary)
Dorina Szirony, Gyor (Hungary)
Reka Manyoky, NKE (Hungary)
Julia Boros, NKE (Hungary)
Angelika Kiss, DVTK (Hungary)

South Korea (family name first):
Shin Lee-Seul, Blue Minx (South Korea)
Heo Ye-Eun, Sangju Girl's High School (South Korea)
Jung Ye-Rim, Soongeui Girl's High School (South Korea)
Park In-Ah, Pusan National University (South Korea)
Lee So-Hee, OK (South Korea)
Park Ji-Hyun, Wibee (South Korea)
Eom Se-Oi, Chuncheon Girl's High School (South Korea)
Ko Na-Yeon, Bundang Management High School (South Korea)
Sun Ga-Hee, Stars (South Korea)
Lee Hae-Ran, Speer Girl's High School (South Korea)
Choe Ji-Seon, S-Birds (South Korea)
Lee Soo-Jung, Cheongju Girl's High School (South Korea)


Gabriela Chivata, Bogota (Colombia)
Yuliany Paz, Antioquia (Colombia)
Daisi Pinilla, Antioquia (Colombia)
Laura Ayala, Bogota (Colombia)
Naylee Cortes, Bogota (Colombia)
Hamileth Ulloa, Bogota (Colombia)
Mayra Caicedo, New Mexico (JC)
Natalia Pineda, Eastern Michigan
Maria Alvarez, Miami Country Day (Florida) and South Florida signee
Esperanza Morales, Promete (Spain)
Daniela Gonzalez, Valle (Colombia)
Maria Zamora, Meta (Colombia)

Pauline Meyer, Freiburg (Germany)
Nina Rosemeyer, Eintracht Braunschweig (Germany)
Julie Forner, Bamberg (Germany)
Emily Bessoir, Jahn Munich (Germany), UCLA commit
Marie Reichert, Grunberg (Germany), Old Dominion signee
Leonie Fiebich, Wasserburg (Germany)
Luisa Geiselsoder, Donau-Ries (Germany)
Helena Eckerle, Saarlouis (Germany)
Elea Gaba, Chemnitz (Germany), Buffalo signee
Meret Kleine-Beek, Berlin (Germany)
Magdalena Landwehr, Bamberg (Germany)
Jessika Schiffer, Wurzburg (Germany), Buffalo signee

Ririka Okuyama, Yakumo Gakuen High School (Japan)
Layla Takehara, Koalas (Japan)
Nanaka Todo, Sunshine Rabbits (Japan)
Aoi Ishimaki, Aichi Gakusen University (Japan)
Yuzuka Ishihara, Aichi Gakusen University (Japan)
Norika Konno, Seiwa Gakuen High School (Japan), Louisville signee
Karin Imori, Tokyo Health Care University (Japan)
Maya McArthur, Dana Hills (California) and Princeton enrollee
Miyabi Sakamoto, Aichi Gakusen University (Japan)
Sakura Noguchi, Magic (Japan)
Saki Ikeda, Tsukuba University (Japan)
Saori Ohhara, Waseda University (Japan)

Mamen Blanco, Barcelona (Spain)
Laura Piera, Grand Canyon
Esther Castedo, Robert Morris
Anna Palma, Sedis (Spain)
Alba Sanchez Ramos, Wyoming
Carla Flores, Western Illinois
Aixa Wone, Barcelona (Spain), Ohio State signee
Lola Pendande, Barcelona (Spain), Ribet Academy (California) and Utah signee
Helena Pueyo, Segle XXI (Spain), Arizona signee
Mama Dembele, Segle XXI (Spain)
Carla Balague, Grand Canyon
Nerea Hermosa, Segle XXI (Spain), Georgia Tech signee

07-18-2019, 11:00 PM
Impressive amount of work goes into these updates. Thank you.

07-19-2019, 10:44 AM
Miela Goodchild update


07-20-2019, 12:44 PM
Miela had 4 points in 12 minutes as Australia kept it close against the United States in the first half in the U19 World Championship before losing 79-56. Oregon signee Jazmin Shelley had 11 points.

Miela's next game against Hungary can be seen here at 1:15am ET on Sunday or as a replay:

The United States plays South Korea at 1:00am ET and can be seen here:

The other Group C game went to Hungary 92-68 over South Korea.

The tournament tipped off in Group A, where Latvia beat Canada 65-54 with 13 points from Arizona signee Mara Mote and 12 points from Florida Atlantic signee Nikola Ozola. In the loss, UCLA signee Brynn Masikewich had 11 points and Taya Hanson of Arizona State had 10 points. Mozambique beat the hosts Thailand 66-39.

In Group B, Argentina beat Mali 55-52 and Belgium beat China 64-52.

In Group D, Spain beat Colombia 75-38 as Esther Castedo of Robert Morris had 13 points, Utah signee Lola Pendande had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Georgia Tech signee Nerea Hermosa had 10 points and 7 rebounds while South Florida signee Maria Alvarez had 12 points in the loss. Japan beat Germany 74-67 despite 17 points and 9 rebounds from UCLA commit Emily Bessoir.

07-21-2019, 11:01 PM
Miela played 3 minutes in Australia's 81-71 win over Hungary at the U19 World Championship. Portland signee Alex Fowler had 19 points and 17 rebounds and Nebraska signee Isabelle Bourne had 15 points.

Their last game in the group stage will be at 1am ET on Tuesday and can be seen here live or as a replay:

The United States beat South Korea 89-67.

Their last group stage game will be against Hungary and can be seen here live at 1am ET on Tuesday or as a replay:

In Group A, hosts Thailand kept it close for a half before losing to Latvia 74-57. Canada barely escaped Mozambique 60-59 despite entering the final quarter with a big lead, getting 19 points and 6 rebounds from Arizona State's Taya Hanson and 12 points from Wake Forest's Christina Morra.

In Group B, China beat Mali 72-62 and Belgium beat Argentina 69-43.

In Group D, Spain got 21 points and 8 rebounds from Arizona signee Helena Pueyo and 14 points and 12 rebounds from Utah signee Lola Pendande in a 79-65 win over Japan. Junior college player Mayra Caicedo had 19 points and South Florida signee Maria Alvarez had 14 points for Colombia in a 67-60 over Germany, which got 11 points from Buffalo signee Jessika Schiffer.

It is not an age group that is contested on other continents, but the U20 level is considered the most prestigious in Europe and both men's tournaments just finished. Division A was played in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan and Israel won in front of their fans 92-84 against Spain in the final. The other important games were at the other end of the standings, where Latvia and Serbia got demoted with losses on Saturday and then Poland joined them after losing to Italy 77-61.
Final Standings:
Great Britain

Division B was played in Matosinhos and hosts Portugal benefited on their way to a 73-57 win over the Czech Republic. Both teams had already clinched promotion with wins Saturday and Belgium joined them by beating Russia 88-80.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic
North Macedonia

07-23-2019, 08:22 PM
Miela Goodchild had 10 points in 20 minutes as Australia beat South Korea 78-59 to finish group play at the U19 World Championship. Portland signee Alex Fowler had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Oregon signee Jazmin Shelley had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Nebraska signee Isabelle Bourne had 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Their knockout round game will be at 3:15am ET on Wednesday and can be seen here live or as a replay:

The United States beat Hungary 95-50 in the other Group C game.
Standings: United States 3-0, Australia 2-1, Hungary 1-2, South Korea 0-3

Their knockout round game will be at 3:30am ET on Wednesday and can be seen here live or as a replay:

In Group A, Latvia beat Mozambique 68-54 with 16 points from Arizona signee Mara Mote. Canada got 14 points from Oklahoma State signee Micah Dennis to help them past Thailand 75-49.
Standings: Latvia 3-0, Canada 2-1, Mozambique 1-2, Thailand 0-3

In Group B, Belgium beat Mali 69-40 to win the group and China was right behind them after a 74-49 win over Argentina.
Standings: Belgium 3-0, China 2-1, Argentina 1-2, Mali 0-3

In Group D, Louisville signee Norika Konno had 11 points for Japan in their 69-58 win over Colombia, which got 13 points from junior college player Mayra Caicedo. Spain beat Germany 56-49 to win the group, getting 14 points from Ohio State signee Aixa Wone and 10 points from Utah signee Lola Pendande.
Standings: Spain 3-0, Japan 2-1, Colombia 1-2, Germany 0-3

Latvia vs Mali
Australia vs Colombia
Mozambique vs China
South Korea vs Spain
Canada vs Argentina
United States vs Germany
Thailand vs Belgium
Hungary vs Japan

After returning to Croatia from the NBA Summer League, Antonio Vrankovic and many of the same players joined up with a few new guys and traveled to China for the Stankovic Cup, beating Latvia 75-50. Antonio had 2 points in 10 minutes. Ex-DePaul player Maric Maric had 16 points and recent Clemson grad David Skara had 12 points.

A lot of future competitions have had their draws conducted recently.

The USA Women's team is participating in the AmeriCup again after years of only participating when necessary for qualification. They ended up with all four South American teams Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay. The other group will have Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and hosts Puerto Rico. Duke participation in tournament, which will be played at the end of September, is still unknown.

Qualifiers for the men's tournament in 2021 were also drawn with the top three teams in each group advancing. The United States was put together with the Bahamas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The other group from the northern half will contain Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the US Virgin Islands. Panama is being grouped in with the South American teams again and joins Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela are in the other group.

EuroBasket Women 2021 qualifiers will see the winners of these groups and the five best runners up join hosts Spain and France:

The pre-qualification process will not be complete until later in the year, but groups have already been drawn for 2021 EuroBasket qualification as the top three teams in each group will qualify, assuming that the hosts, Italy, the Czech Republic, Georgia, and Germany, finish in the top three.

07-24-2019, 08:24 PM
Miela Goodchild had 4 points in 7 minutes in Australia's 62-53 win over Colombia at the U19 World Championship to advance to the quarterfinals. Nebraska signee Isabelle Bourne had 11 points while in the loss, junior college player Mayra Caicedo had 17 points and 6 steals and South Florida signee Maria Alvarez had 13 points.

The United States also won their game, besting Germany 79-61. The incoming Buffalo players had solid efforts in the loss with 17 points from Jessika Schiffer and 11 points from Elea Gaba.

The day started with Mali pulling off a shockingly easy 67-34 win over Latvia, setting up a game against Australia. Canada will be the next opponent for the United States after beating Argentina 82-50 as Long Beach State's Justina King had 19 points and Wake Forest's Christina Morra had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Belgium beat Thailand 88-47, Japan beat Hungary 76-68, and China beat Mozambique 71-28. The day ended with Spain beating South Korea 60-51 as Utah signee Lola Pendande had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Antonio Vrankovic had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes as Croatia beat China 72-59 to win the Stankovic Cup. Former draft pick Wang Zhelin had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

07-26-2019, 07:34 PM
Miela played 4 minutes in Australia's 63-51 win over Mali in the quarterfinals at the U19 World Championship. Nebraska signee Isabelle Bourne had 14 points and 6 rebounds.

The United States rocketed past Canada 81-46 in their quarterfinal.

The next two games for will be on ESPN+ starting Saturday with Australia at 6:00am ET and then the United States at 8:30am ET.

In the other quarterfinals, Ohio State signee Aixa Wone had 14 points and 9 rebounds and Utah signee Lola Pendande had 10 points and 11 rebounds in Spain's 55-52 win over China. Belgium beat Japan 63-43 despite 11 points from Louisville signee Norika Konno.

In the consolation bracket, South Florida signee Maria Alvarez had 10 points for Colombia in a 49-46 win over Latvia. South Korea beat Mozambique 63-50 and Hungary eventually pulled away from Thailand for an 85-58 win. Argentina beat Germany 64-61.


Australia vs Spain
United States vs Belgium

5th Place:
Mali vs China
Canada vs Japan

9th Place:
Colombia vs South Korea
Argentina vs Hungary

13th Place:
Latvia vs Mozambique
Germany vs Thailand

There were a couple changes in the final list of boys participating in the USA Basketball camp:

07-27-2019, 12:02 PM
Miela Goodchild had 11 points in 27 minutes as Australia shook off a slow start to beat Spain 64-55 at the U19 World Championship. Oregon signee Jazmin Shelley had 12 points and 6 assists. In the loss, Utah signee Lola Pendande had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

In the other semifinal, the United States got all they could handle from Belgium, but got the 67-59 win.

The final will be at 8:30am ET on Sunday and can be seen on ESPN+.

In the battle for 5th place, China beat Mali 67-54. Canada fended off Japan 62-59 as Christina Morra of Wake Forest had 12 points, Taya Hanson of Arizona State had 11 points, and UCLA signee Brynn Masikewich had 10 points and 7 rebounds.

In the consolation bracket, South Korea beat Colombia 51-49 despite 14 points and 9 rebounds from South Florida signee Maria Alvarez and 10 points from junior college player Mayra Caicedo. Hungary beat Argentina 66-61.

In the battle to avoid last place, Latvia got 16 points from Arizona signee Mara Mote in a 63-49 win over Mozambique. Buffalo signee Elea Gaba had 19 points and 10 rebounds in an 86-49 win over Thailand.

07-28-2019, 11:20 PM
Miela Goodchild had 4 points in 12 minutes in an instant classic as the United States managed to fight back late and force overtime as they beat Australia 74-70. Oregon signee Jazmin Shelley had 18 points.

The day started with hosts Thailand ending up in last place with a 68-38 loss to Mozambique.

Neither team expected to be in this position, but UCLA commit Emily Bessoir had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Germany in a 71-55 win over Latvia for 13th place.

Junior college player Mayra Caicedo had 20 points and South Florida signee Maria Alvarez had 14 points and 6 assist for Colombia in their 58-51 11th place game win over Argentina.

South Korea beat Hungary 73-66 for 9th place.

Louisville signee Noriko Konno had 10 points in Japan's 65-62 7th place game loss to Mali.

China beat Canada 72-64 for 5th place despite 15 points from Arizona State's Taya Hanson and 11 points and 9 rebounds from UCLA commit Brynn Masikewich.

Spain won the bronze medal game 58-52 over Belgium with 14 points and 6 rebounds from Utah signee Lola Pendande and 10 points and 7 rebounds from Arizona signee Helena Pueyo.

On the subject of U19 World Championships, boys are already working on qualification for the next one. San Juan, Puerto Rico, which seems to hosts everything these days, was the site of the U17 Centrobasket tournament that qualified its top three teams for next summer's Americas U18 Championship that will send teams to the 2021 World Championship. Mexico edged the hosts 65-60 for the title, but both teams had already clinched spots for next year with wins yesterday. The last spot was taken by the Bahamas, which held off the Dominican Republic 85-83.
Final Standings:
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic
US Virgin Islands
El Salvador

07-31-2019, 08:22 PM
USA Basketball has unveiled a new plan for keeping a number of players from going overseas while keeping them in shape for the WNBA and a handful of national team games before the Olympics. Chelsea Gray is one of eight players committed to being a part of that program:

Sofia Roma is one of the players selected by Puerto Rico for the upcoming Pan American Games. I believe that they still have to make one cut from the list before playing in games. Since it is a non-FIBA event, I will cover the tournament like it was made up of exhibition games and they can be seen in the United States on ESPN3.

Eric Boateng is one of the players listed in Great Britain's squad for upcoming EuroBasket qualifiers. It's very borderline for him to be among the best twelve players these days, but he does have plenty of experience and it is good news that he healthy and available to play after having his club season ended by injury.

08-04-2019, 12:37 AM
Sofia Roma and Puerto Rico start the Pan American Games on Tuesday. Games will be on ESPN3, but sometimes games will be part of the coverage on ESPNU or ESPN Deportes although they do not always have detailed listings for those TV blocks. They play Paraguay at 11:30am ET on Tuesday, Brazil at 10:00pm ET on Wednesday, and Canada at 10:00pm ET on Thursday. The United States is fielding college players only, which includes Bella Alarie, but no other players with Duke ties.

Teams just finished playing in Kigali, Rwanda for spots in next year's U17 World Championship on the girls' side. Mali beat Egypt for the African title, but both teams already qualified for the world stage with wins yesterday.
Final Standings:

Today marked the start of the final games for teams trying to earn spots in the main draw of EuroBasket 2021 Qualifying. There are four groups of three teams each with the group winners advancing after winning the double round-robin. In Group E, Belarus beat Albania, which got 16 points from naturalized player Dallas Moore, 73-51. The visitors got 10 points from their naturalized player Maalik Wayns and 14 points and 10 rebounds from former collegian Artsiom Parakhouski. In Group F, Slovakia beat Cyprus 67-60 with 23 points and 12 rebounds from former collegian Vladimir Brodziansky. In Group G, Luxembourg beat Kosovo 88-80 despite 19 points and 6 rebounds from naturalized player Divine Myles. In Group H, Switzerland was able to bring in Clint Capela and he had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help them past Portugal, which got 12 points and 11 rebounds from naturalized player Jeremiah Wilson, 77-72.

08-04-2019, 05:27 PM
Qualification for tournaments far in the future continued with the European U18 Championships finishing today. Qualification is not direct from this tournament, but teams needed to make it to Division A next summer to stay in the qualification process for the 2021 World U19 Championship. Division A was held in Volos and Portaria in Greece and Spain was the expected champion. The other important games were on the other end of the standings as Finland had looked to secure safety earlier in the week, but lost to 78-66 to Croatia to be the last team to be demoted. Latvia and the Netherlands already sealed their fate with losses yesterday.
Final Standings:
Great Britain

Division B ended in dramatic fashion with Israel edging Poland 81-79 for the title in Oradea, Romania. Both teams already sealed spots in the next Division A tournament with wins yesterday and the Czech Republic joined them with an 89-80 win over North Macedonia.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic
North Macedonia
Bosnia and Herzegovina

08-06-2019, 08:25 PM
Sofia Roma did not play in Puerto Rico's first game at the Pan American Games, a 91-73 win over Paraguay. Ex-James Madison player Jazmon Gwathmey had 21 points, ex-Kentucky player Jennifer O'Neill had 14 points and 6 assists, ex-Oregon State player Ali Gibson had 12 points, and ex-Rhode Island player Tayra Melendez had 10 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NAIA player Paola Ferrari had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-NAIA player Tamara Insfran had 12 points.

08-07-2019, 11:03 PM
Sofia Roma played 6 minutes as Puerto Rico lost to Brazil 64-58 at the Pan American Games. Jennifer O'Neill had 23 points and Jazmon Gwathmey had 15 points. A pair of ex-WNBA players had good games in the win as Clarissa Dos Santos and Erika De Souza each had 12 points.

EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualification continued with four more games. In Group E, Denmark made their debut with an 81-78 win in Belarus with 19 points from former collegian Kevin Larsen. For the hosts, naturalized player Maalik Wayns had 15 points and former collegian Artsiom Parakhouski had 13 points and 8 rebounds. In Group F, Romania started their games with an 85-70 win in Cyprus. In Group H, Portugal bounced back and beat Iceland 80-79 with 20 points from naturalized player Jeremiah Wilson. In the loss, former collegian Martin Hermannsson had 28 points and Davidson's Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 13 points. Eric Boateng was not picked for Great Britain's first game, a 71-63 win in Kosovo in Group G play. A number of other former collegians featured, including Gabe Olaseni, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Luke Nelson, who had 14 points.

08-08-2019, 11:47 PM
Sofia Roma played 2 minutes in Puerto Rico's 72-63 win over Canada at the Pan American Games. Jazmon Gwathmey had 22 points and recent Dartmouth graduate Isalys Quinones had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Oregon State player Jamie Weisner had 16 points, Shaina Pellington, who is transferring from Oklahoma to Arizona, had 14 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Samantha Hill had 11 points and 6 rebounds. With the win, they will next face Bella Alarie and the United States at 10pm ET on Friday and can be seen on ESPN3 with some ESPNU coverage also possible.

08-09-2019, 11:52 PM
Sofia Roma played 4 minutes in Puerto Rico's 62-59 loss to the United States, which was represented by some of the top college players. Bella Alarie had 7 points in 23 minutes, Miami's Beatrice Mompremier had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M had 14 points. Jennifer O'Neill had 19 points and Jazmon Gwathmey. They will now play for the Pan American Games Bronze against Colombia at 7pm ET on Saturday on ESPN3 with some ESPNU coverage possible.

08-11-2019, 01:12 AM
Sofia Roma did not play as Puerto Rico won the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Games by beating Colombia 66-55. Jazmon Gwathmey had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Isalys Quinones had 12 points, and Tayra Melendez and Ali Gibson had 10 points each.

It was the first day of AfroBasket Women in Dakar, Senegal as the top six teams will keep their Olympic dreams alive. I will have the rosters tomorrow, but here is a recap I wrote of the first day of games:

EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualification continued with four more games as we reach the halfway point.

In Group H, Iceland edged past Switzerland 83-82 to make all teams even at this points, but the visitors have the edge in the tiebreakers so far. Davidson's Jon Axel Gudmonsson had 18 points and former collegian Martin Hermannsson had 16 points in the win. Clint Capela had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Standings: Switzerland 1-1, Iceland 1-1, Portugal 1-1

In Group E, Denmark remained undefeated with a 95-73 win over Albania as former collegian Kevin Larsen had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized player Dallas Moore had 12 points in the loss.
Standings: Denmark 2-0, Belarus 1-1, Albania 0-2

In Group F, Romania has the early lead as naturalized player Giordan Watson had 19 points and 6 assists in their 85-68 win over Slovakia. In the loss, former collegian Vladimir Brodziansky had 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized player Andre Jones had 10 points.
Standings: Romania 2-0, Slovakia 1-1, Cyprus 0-2

In Group G, Eric Boateng was not selected again for Great Britain, but they are in good shape after a 71-54 win over Luxembourg. A number of former collegians featured, including Gabe Olaseni, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Teddy Okereafor, who had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Standings: Great Britain 2-0, Luxembourg 1-1, Kosovo 0-2

08-11-2019, 03:53 PM
It was the second day of play at AfroBasket Women and I recapped the games here:

These are the rosters to the best of my ability:


Reem Moussa, KP Brno, Rice
Meral Abdelgawad, Western Kentucky
Nouralla Abdelalim, Al Ahly (Egypt)
Fatma Aly, Royal Army (Morocco)
Nada Merssal, Gezira (Egypt)
Soraya Degheidy, Al Ahly (Egypt)
Reem Awad, Smouha (Egypt)
Asrar Bakr, Sporting Alexandria (Egypt)
Menatalla Awad, Sporting Alexandria (Egypt)
Raneem Elgedawy, Western Kentucky
Hala Elshaarawy, Al Ahly (Egypt), Saint Peter's
Ganna Marouf, Al Ahly (Egypt)

Ivory Coast:
Safi Kolga, Treichville (Ivory Coast)
Anna Mabelle, Treichville (Ivory Coast)
Tracy Yomy, La Tronche Meylan (France)
Djefarina Diawara, Mbour (Senegal)
Minata Fofana, AMI (Morocco)
Salimata Berte, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Kani Kouyate, Saint Paul Reze (France)
Amandine Kouakou, Friend's (Ivory Coast)
Irene Bognini, Treichville (Ivory Coast)
Mariama Kouyate, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Mariam Gnanou, Oklahoma State
Edwige Djedjemel, Treichville (Ivory Coast)

Oumoul Sarr, Gipuzkoa (Spain)
Bintou Dieme, Hainaut (France)
Mame Diodio Diouf, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Ndeye Sene, Dakar University (Senegal)
Astou Traore, Ensino Lugo (Spain)
Maimouna Diarra, Adelantados (Spain), WNBA (2017)
Mame Marie Sy, Villeneuve (France)
Lala Wane, Orthez (France)
Yacine Diop, Louisville
Aida Fall, Trith (France)
Fatou Diagne, Purdue
Lena Niang, Temple


Alex Green, Force Armee et Police (Cameroon)/Bulleen Boomers (Australia)
Paola Nyinkeu, Dunkerque (France)
Solange Ebonji, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Baleta Mukoko, Le Havre (France)
Amina Njonkou, Chartres (France), Arizona
Marie Ange Mfoula, Wasserburg (Germany)
Sandrine Ayangma, Yaounde (Cameroon)
Larissa Mbong, Forces Armee et Police (Cameroon)
Amandine Ebogo, Yaounde (Cameroon)
Laura Dimithe, Alencon (France)
Cinthia Mbakop, Roane State (JC)
Fre Achiri, Force Armee et Police (Cameroon)

Sarah Ogoke, First Bank (Nigeria), Southern Polytechnic (NAIA)
Aisha Muhammad, First Bank (Nigeria)/Bursa (Turkey), Virginia
Promise Amukamara, Satu Mare (Romania), Arizona State
Adaora Elonu, Avenida (Spain), Texas A&M and WNBA (2018)
Elo Edeferioka, Celta Vigo (Spain), Georgia Tech
Evelyn Akhator, Besiktas (Turkey), Kentucky and WNBA (2017)
Jasmine Nwajei, First Bank (Nigeria), Syracuse
Atonye Nyingifa, Ensino Lugo (Spain), UCLA
Ezinne Kalu, Keltern (Germany), Savannah State
Sarah Imovbioh, PEAC (Hungary), South Carolina
Victoria Macaulay, Galatasaray (Turkey)/Chicago Sky, Temple
Ify Ibekwe, Kayseri (Turkey), Arizona and WNBA (2011, 2017)

Marwa Shili, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Monia Ben Mechlia, Cap Bon (Tunisia)
Marroua Baccar, Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Imen Jedidi, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Wafa Loubiri, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Sirine Ben Gara, Cap Bon (Tunisia)
Rania Laouini, Police de Circulation (Tunisia)
Rania Houch, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Mariem Hamrouni, Ezzahra (Tunisia)
Houda Hamrouni, Meknes (Morocco)
Mefteh Khouloud, Kawkeb Marrakech (Morocco)
Hela Msaddak, Sfaxien (Tunisia)


Italee Lucas, Interclube (Angola), UNC
Fineza Eusebio, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
Felizarda Jorge, Interclube (Angola)
Rosemira Daniel, Interclube (Angola)
Alexia Dizeko, Troistorrents (Switzerland)
Luisa Tomas, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
Elisabeth Mateus, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
Nadir Manuel, Interclube (Angola)
Ngiendula Filipe, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
Regina Pequeno, Interclube (Angola)
Avelina Peso, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
Cristina Matiquite, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)

Democratic Republic of Congo:
Ginette Mfutila Makiese, Chabab Rif Al Hoceima (Morocco)
Marlene Ngobeleza, Vita (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Naura Bombolo, Hatari (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Sephora Kayolo, Tourbillon (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Celestine Bisoga, Makomeno (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Natacha Mambengya Teba, Vita (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chanel Mokango, DVTK (Hungary), Mississippi State and WNBA (2010)
Betty Kalanga, Hussein-Dey Marines (Algeria)
Mireille Muganza Nyota, Petroliers (Algeria)
Alliance Ndiba, Daring (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Pauline Akonga, Hainaut (France)
Bernadette Ngoyisa, Roche (France), WNBA (2002, 2005-2006, 2008)

Nassira Traore, Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Aissata Maiga, Police (Mali), Troy
Rokia Doumbia, Arkansas
Touty Gandega, Angers (France)
Kadidia Maiga, Dakar University (Senegal)
Adama Coulibaly, Saint Louis (Senegal)
Meiya Tirera, Valencia (Spain)
Mariam Coulibaly, Sant Adria (Spain)
Goundo Diallo, Saint Paul Reze (France)
Kouta Camara, Thouars (France)
Assetou Diakite, Stade Malien (Mali)
Djeneba N'Diaye, AMI (Morocco)


Cape Verde:
Jade Leitao, club unknown, Fordham
Indira Evora, club unknown, Saint Michael's (DII)
Analeesia Fernandes, Rhode Island (DIII)
Joseana Vaz, Barreiro (Portugal)
Alzira Martins, Boavista (Portugal)
Monalisa Mendes, club unknown, Providence
Alexia Barros, club unknown, Rhode Island (JC)
Juvelina Bento, Rebels (Cape Verde)
Lorreta Rocha, club unknown, Southern New Hampshire (DII)
Aylin Pires, Rebels (Cape Verde)
Ornela Livramento, Rhode Island (DIII)
Maria Correia, Rebels (Cape Verde)

Debra Atieno, Kenya Ports Authority (Kenya)
Betty Samba Mjomba, Equity Hawks (Kenya)
Hilda Indasi, Kenya Ports Authority (Kenya)
Annrose Mandela, Equity Hawks (Kenya)
Georgia Adhiambo, A1 Challenge (Uganda)
Betty Kananu, Equity Hawks (Kenya)
Belinda Okoth, Equity Hawks (Kenya)
Mercy Wanyama, Aviles (Spain)
Vilma Achieng, Kenya Ports Authority (Kenya)
Silalei Shani, Eagle Wings (Kenya), Messiah (DIII)

Denise Ernesto, Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
Delma Zita, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Ingvild Mucauro, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Anabella Cossa, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Amelia Massingue, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Leia Dongue, Girona (Spain)
Eleuteria Lhavanguane, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Elizabeth Pereira, Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
Odelia Mafanela, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Deolinda Gimo, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
Tamara Seda, Zamarat (Spain), UTEP
Nilza Chiziane, A Politecnica (Mozambique)

The most prestigious European youth competition on the women's side finished today as Division A of the U20 Championship was played in Klatovy in the Czech Republic. Italy beat Russia 70-67 to win the championship, but there was a lot at stake at the other end of the standings. Belarus and Germany found themselves getting dropped to Division B for next summer with losses yesterday and Portugal joins them after a 60-56 loss to the Netherlands.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic

In Division B, teams were looking for promotion from the tournament in Prishtina, Kosovo. Bulgaria beat Finland in the final after both teams already secured their places with wins yesterday. Ireland beat Great Britain 60-57 for the other place as the field was much smaller than typical ones in Europe at this level.
Final Standings:
Great Britain

08-13-2019, 08:21 PM
The bracket is set at AfroBasket Women as teams look for top six finishes to keep their Olympic hopes alive:

Senegal vs. winner Angola vs. Kenya
Mozambique vs. winner Cameroon vs. Egypt
Nigeria vs. winner Cape Verde vs. Democratic Republic of Congo
Mali vs. winner Ivory Coast vs. Tunisia

I recapped the day's games here:

08-14-2019, 08:38 PM
EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualification continued as the second half of the double round-robin started.

In Group E, Belarus eliminated Albania 97-66 as former collegian Mikita Meshcharakou had 12 points while naturalized player Dallas Moore had 16 points in the loss.

In Group F, Slovakia came back late to eliminate Cyprus with an 83-79 win as former collegian Vladimir Brodziansky had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.

In Group H, Portugal took the lead with a 84-68 win over Switzerland as naturalized player Jeremiah Wilson had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds as he was very hopeful of helping his team advance, but their progress is no longer in their control.

In Group G, Kosovo beat Luxembourg 109-88, making it more difficult for either team to qualify. They got 23 points and 6 assists from naturalized player Divine Myles.

Elimination games were played at AfroBasket Women as teams looked to make the quarterfinals and keep their Olympic hopes alive. I recapped the day's games here:

08-15-2019, 08:37 PM
There were no surprises among the quarterfinal winners as the first four teams clinched spots in Olympic qualifying from AfroBasket Women. Nigeria, Mali, Mozambique, and Senegal will also continue to play for the championship. The other two spots will go to the winners of Angola-Egypt and Democratic Republic of Congo-Ivory Coast.

I recapped the games here:

08-16-2019, 07:39 PM
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola are the last two teams from Africa to still be in Olympic contention after winning key games at AfroBasket Women. The Americas and Asia/Oceania teams will be determined in late September.

I recapped all the day's games here:

08-17-2019, 03:51 PM
Eric Boateng returned to the lineup for Great Britain, but did not play as they clinched their spot in the EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers with a 101-79 win over Kosovo. There are many other former collegians on the team as Luke Nelson had 19 points, Gabe Olaseni had 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Ashley Hamilton had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized player Divine Myles had 13 points in the loss.

The other pre-qualifying groups also continued play, starting with Group E, where former collegian Kevin Larsen had 18 points to help Denmark clinch advancement by coming back to beat Belarus 69-66. Romania moved closer to claiming Group F by beating Cyprus 89-63 as naturalized player Giordan Watson had 12 points and 6 assists. In Group H, Iceland beat Portugal 96-68 to continue to control their own destiny. In the win, Davidson's Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 22 points and former collegians chipped in as Martin Hermannsson had 19 points and 7 assists and Elvar Fridriksson had 10 points and 8 assists.

The European U16 Championship concluded today as five Boys' teams qualified for next year's U17 World Championship. Spain beat France 70-61 in the final, but both teams along with Italy and Russia had already secured world championship spots with wins in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Turkey beat Greece 75-62 for 5th place and the last world championship spot. At the other end of the standings, Estonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina already dropped down to next year's B Division tournament with losses yesterday. Latvia survived and sent Germany down with a 79-67 win.
Final Standings:
North Macedonia
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Division B held their tournament in Podgorica, Montenegro. Poland beat the Netherlands 71-58 in the final, but both teams secured spots in next year's top division tournament with wins yesterday. The hosts were looking for the last promotion spot, but lost to Denmark 85-54.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic
Great Britain

08-18-2019, 03:53 PM
It was the last day of AfroBasket Women and Nigeria defended their crown as they will likely continue to be the powerhouse on the continent if they can keep bringing in some of the large number of American players with ties to the country.

I recapped the day's games here:

The draw was also conducted to determine which of the six teams advancing from this tournament will be in which groups for the next stage of Olympic qualifying. Nigeria, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be in one group and Senegal, Mali, and Angola in the other. The top two teams in each group advance to the one game playoffs that will send the winners to the final Olympics qualifiers.

08-21-2019, 08:38 PM
Eric Boateng had 7 points and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes as Great Britain beat Luxembourg 93-65 to finish pre-qualifying having already advanced from Group G. Other former collegians got in the act as Luke Nelson had 17 points and Ashley Hamilton had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Standings: Great Britain 4-0, Kosovo 1-3, Luxembourg 1-3

The day started with Romania clinching Group F by leaving Slovakia with a 77-74 win with 11 points and 7 assists from naturalized player Giordan Watson. In the loss, naturalized player Andre Jones had 25 points and former collegian Vladimir Brodziansky had 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Standings: Romania 4-0, Slovakia 2-2, Cyprus 0-4

Denmark already qualified from Group E, but finished with a perfect record after beating Albania 68-57 despite 16 points from naturalized player Dallas Moore.
Standings: Denmark 4-0, Belarus 2-2, Albania 0-4

The group that entered the day with the most uncertainty was H and it lived up to all expectations as Switzerland fell behind in their quest to advance, but not only won the game, but turned it around enough to flip the tiebreakers by 5 points with a 109-85 win as Clint Capela had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Iceland has a number of former collegians as Martin Hermannsson had 28 points and Davidson's Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Standings: Switzerland 2-2, Iceland 2-2, Portugal 2-2

08-24-2019, 03:01 PM
Last week, Sofia Roma joined Puerto Rico for a three game exhibition tournament in China. They opened with a 77-59 loss to the hosts as she had 4 points and 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. Deanna Kuzmanic, who just finished her UAB career, had 10 points. They they beat Greece 74-53 as she played 12 minutes. Kuzmanic had 14 points and 7 rebounds, Isalys Quinones, who just finished her career at Dartmouth, had 12 points, and ex-NAIA player Anushka Maldonado had 10 points. Former Robert Morris player Artemis Spanou had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The tournament ended with a 79-67 loss to Japan as she played 4 minutes. Ex-James Madison player Jazmon Gwathmey had 15 points.

Former Duke assistant Hernando Planells made his coaching debut for New Zealand's U17 Girl's team as they played in the Oceania championships in Paita, New Caledonia. They lost to Australia 88-41 in the final, which is about as expected and the real test will be next year when the two teams compete in the U18 Asia Championship.
Final Standings:
New Zealand
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Cook Islands

The boy's tournament was in the same place and had the same result as Australia beat New Zealand 85-56 in the final.
Final Standings:
New Zealand
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Cook Islands

Europe usually holds their Division A and Division B tournaments at the same time for each age group, but that was not the case for the U16 Girl's tournaments. Today was the end of the Division B tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Slovenia beat Portugal 71-56 in the final, but both teams had already earned spots in next year's top division with wins yesterday. Croatia joins them after a 49-45 win over Norway.
Final Standings:
Great Britain
Bosnia and Herzegovina

08-30-2019, 09:02 PM
Since Chelsea Gray is one of the players who has committed to additional national team duty instead of overseas club club, she gets a feature article from USA Basketball:

The European U16 Girl's Championship concluded in Skopje, North Macedonia today. Russia beat Lithuania 73-66, but the two teams along with Spain and France had already qualified for next year's U17 World Championship with quarterfinal wins on Tuesday. The last spot from Europe went to Italy after a 62-54 win over Belgium. At the other end of the standings, Turkey and Sweden were dropped down a division after losses yesterday and Poland joined them after a 68-56 loss as Denmark, which had been completely abject in all of their other games, managed to play well enough when it mattered to get the wins they needed to stay in the top division.
Final Standings:
Czech Republic

09-15-2019, 07:12 PM
Dawn Staley is having more interesting player availability issues than Popovich. It is not due to players not wanting to play, but instead a result of the upcoming Americas Championship being during the WNBA playoffs. They are rounding up players for a camp this week:

Chelsea Gray will not be involved now that her team has won in the playoffs. Elizabeth Williams is expected to attend though.