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    2018 International Basketball Thread

    Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named as additional players for the upcoming USA training camp during the national team break during club play in Europe. Neither are part of the official pool for this year's World Championship, but could play their way into later consideration by practicing well here.

    With Marshall and Amile signed to two-way contracts, it looks like we will not have representation on the other USA team when they play their next set of qualifiers. Michael Gbinije could be back in the frame for Nigeria, Alex Murphy could play for Finland if he stays healthy, and Eric Boateng is expected to be available for Great Britain.

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    The draw for the Women's World Cup in September was conducted earlier today.

    There are not expected to be any Duke ties for now, although Puerto Rico will want Sofia Roma, but school obligations might get in the way.

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    Here is the pool of players that Jeff Van Gundy will be working with for the February qualifiers:

    With some of his stars from past games signing two-way and full NBA contracts he will have a lot of work ahead of him.

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    Elizabeth Williams was involved in the winning play in a scrimmage at USA training camp.

    General Martin Dempsey was on hand to address the players to add another Duke tie.

    It may seem weird that they are having this training camp right now, especially with coach Dawn Staley in the middle of a busy college season, but the reason most players are available is the break in European club play for EuroBasket Women 2019 qualifiers. I wrote about them here:

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    Michael Gbinije continues to be in contention to suit up for Nigeria in their qualifiers.

    Alex Murphy is struggling with injuries again and seems likely to be unavailable for Finland.

    On the women's side in Europe, I covered the latest qualifying games here:

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    Thursday marks the start of the latest round of qualifiers for 2019 with ESPN3 carrying the games.

    Michael Gbinije does not appear to be in the frame for Nigeria, but Eric Boateng is in Great Britain's squad.

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    The United States hosts Cuba at 11pm ET on Friday and can be seen on ESPNU. It is possible that more roster changes are needed if NBA teams keep signing the players, but here is their current team:

    ESPN3 will have a wide variety of games again as all four qualifying zones will have games.

    Thursday's qualifiers started in East Asia Group B. The undefeated teams squared off in Melbourne and Australia beat the Philippines 84-68. In the win, a bunch of former collegians had solid games as Cam Gliddon had 16 points, Angus Brandt had 13 points, and Kevin Lisch had 12 points. The winless teams player in Yokohama and Taiwan sprung a mild upset on Japan 70-69. Quincy Davis had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assist to edge the battle of naturalized players against Ira Brown, who had 12 points and 8 rebounds. A couple other former collegians had solid games in the win as Ray Chen had 15 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Hu had 15 points.
    Standings: Australia 3-0, Philippines 2-1, Taiwan 1-2, Japan 0-3

    In West Asia Group D, Iran handed Kazakhstan their first loss 75-54 in Astana. Having their start Hamed Haddadi helped as he had 20 point and 20 rebounds while the other player with time in the United States, Arsalan Kazemi, had 10 points. Former collegian Anatoly Kolesnikov had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. Qatar picked up their first win, beating Iraq 77-66 as the hosts had to move the game to Tehran. In the battle of naturalized players, Trey Johnson had 17 points in the win while DeMario Mayfield had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss.
    Standings: Iran 2-1, Kazakhstan 2-1, Qatar 1-2, Iraq 1-2

    The northern section of the Americas Group D started with Canada getting a key 118-89 win over the US Virgin Islands as lingering hurricane reconstruction moved the game to Nassau. While the NBA players were not playing, a number of familiar names contributed to the win as Melvin Ejim had 28 points and 8 rebounds, Brady Heslip had 22 points, Anthony Bennett had 13 points, and Jermaine Anderson had 10 points. The hosts have always had trouble fielding a full roster, but they had a number of players with ties to the mainland as Deon Edwin had 23 points, Georgio Milligan had 20 points, Walter Hodge had 14 points, and Xavier Richards had 10 points. The Dominican Republic sits in the lead and kept the Bahamas winless after a 96-63 win in Nassau. The team benefited from being able to call in Luis Montero, who had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts also relied on former collegians as Michael Carey and Jaraun Burrows had 11 points each.
    Standings: Dominican Republic 3-0, Canada 2-1, US Virgin Islands 1-2, Bahamas 0-3

    The southern section of the Americas Group B started with Brazil beating Colombia 84-49 in Goiania. The old hands showed that they still have something in the tank as Leandro Barbosa had 18 points and Anderson Varejao had 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists while the old man on the other team, Stalin Ortiez, had 14 points. Venezuela is right behind them after a 77-56 win over Chile in Barquismeto. Former collegian Gerardo Isla had 16 points in the loss.
    Standings: Brazil 3-0, Venezuela 2-1, Chile 1-2, Colombia 0-3

    Pre-qualifying for EuroBasket 2021 also continued. The two teams playing in Group A knew that the winner would pick up their first win and it took overtime before Switzerland beat Slovakia 83-80 in Fribourg. Naturalized player Kyle Kuric had 18 points in the loss.
    Standings: Macedonia 2-0, Switzerland 1-1, Slovakia 0-2

    Denmark continued to lead Group B as they beat Albania 82-69 in Naestved. Former collegian Chanan Colman had 11 points in the win.
    Standings: Denmark 2-0, Armenia 1-1, Albania 0-2

    Cyprus leads Group C at the halfway point as they went to Luxembourg and won 67-53. Former collegian Tom Schumacher had 16 points in the loss.
    Standings: Cyprus 2-0, Portugal 1-1, Luxembourg 0-2

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    The United States hosted Cuba in Santa Cruz, beating the weakest team in the group 84-48. Jeff Van Gundy had to deal with a nearly completely new roster with all of his talented players before snapped up by NBA and overseas teams. #|tab=boxscore_statistics

    In the other game in Group C, Paraguay beat Mexico 100-80 in Monterrey as both teams have tons of players with ties to the states part of the United States. In the win, Gary Browne had 21 points and 8 rebounds, Emmy Andujuar had 18 points and 6 rebounds, Jorge Bryan Diaz had 11 points, Chris Gaston had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Ricky Sanchez had 10 points. In the loss, Francisco Cruz had 32 points and 7 rebounds, Paul Stoll had 12 points and 6 assists, and Alex Perez Kaufmann had 14 points.
    Standings: United States 3-0, Puerto Rico 2-1, Mexico 1-2, Cuba 0-3

    Argentina looked to be cruising while hosting in Olavarria in the southern half's Group A, but fell to fellow unbeaten Uruguay 88-83 as ex-NBA player Esteban Batista had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The hosts had three former NBA players themselves as Luis Scola had 23 points and 9 rebounds, Nicolas Brussino had 23 points, and Nico Laprovittola had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. In Panama City, the hosts picked up their first win 82-62 over Paraguay. Plenty of former collegians play for Panama as the ancient Michael Hicks had 20 points and Trevor Gaskins had 14 points and 11 assists.
    Standings: Uruguay 3-0, Argentina 2-1, Panama 1-2, Paraguay 0-3

    As usual, the qualifiers started out in East Asia with Group A play opening the day. South Korea beat Hong Kong 93-72 in Seoul and were able to debut their first true naturalized player in Ricardo Ratliffe, who had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Yi Jianlian returned for China with 37 points and 6 rebounds, but they were handed their first loss by New Zealand 82-73 in Dongguan. The Webster brothers led the visitors as both Tai and Corey had 18 points and another former collegian, Alex Pledger, added 11 points and 6 rebounds.
    Standings: New Zealand 2-1, China 2-1, South Korea 2-1, Hong Kong 0-3

    West Asia Group C play started in Bengaluru, where Jordan remained undefeated with a 102-88 win over India as naturalized player Dar Tucker had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Satnam Singh did show some promise with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Syria could not host, so they played Lebanon in Lebanon in Zouk Mikael, losing 87-63. Their new naturalized player, Justin Hawkins had 24 points to beat his counterpart Ater Majok, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
    Standings: Jordan 3-0, Lebanon 2-1, Syria 1-2, India 0-3

    African qualifying is structured slightly differently to reduce travel costs. The first set of Group D games were played in Maputo, Mozambique. A couple of former collegians helped Senegal beat Central African Republic 70-65 as Djibril Thiam had 13 points and Youssoupha Ndoye had 10 points. Former collegians also featured in the loss as Destin Damachoua had 20 points and William Kossangue had 17 points. The hosts beat the Ivory Coast 66-53 although former collegian Charles Abouo did have 19 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

    Group B is being played in Bamako, Mali. Nigeria beat Uganda 102-86 with most of their players again having some ties to the United States. Michael Efevberha had 20 points and 6 assists, Ike Diogu had 19 points and 7 rebounds, Ben Uzoh had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists, Obi Emegano had 14 points, Talib Zanna had 13 points, and Bryant Mbamalu had 11 points. Former collegian Robinson Odoch Opong had 25 points in the loss. Rwanda edged the hosts 74-70 as former collegian Kenny Gasana had 16 points while former collegian Ibrahim Djambo had 21 points in the loss.

    Eric Boateng and Great Britain had the first qualifier of the day for Europe as the draw gave Israel a home game with all groups playing on Friday as part of the failed attempt to get EuroLeague to concede. Eric had a quiet 7 minutes in their 82-75 loss in Tel Aviv. Among other former collegians on the team, Gabe Olaseni had 19 points and 8 rebounds and Luke Nelson had 12 points. Naturalized player by marriage Richard Howell had 16 points in the win. Greece sits atop the group at the halfway point after an 87-75 win over Estonia in Heraklion.
    Standings: Greece 3-0, Israel 2-1, Estonia 1-2, Great Britain 0-3

    In Group A, Spain just managed to hold off Belarus 84-82 in Minsk. Fran Vazquez, who is no closer to showing up in the NBA after being drafted high years ago, had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Slovenia sits behind them after a 75-63 win over Montenegro in Podgorica. Naturalized player Derek Needham had 12 points and 7 assists in the loss.
    Standings: Spain 3-0, Slovenia 2-1, Montenegro 1-2, Belarus 0-3

    In Group B, Ukraine beat Latvia 82-68 in Riga as ex-NBA player Slava Kravtsov had 22 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized player Pooh Jeter had 20 points. There was a surprise in Stockholm as Sweden fended off Turkey's late charge 59-58 with 13 points from former draft pick Marcus Eriksson and 12 points and 9 rebounds from former collegian Chris Czerapowicz. Naturalized player Bobby Dixon, who chose the new name of Ali Muhammed to comply with citizenship laws, had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss.
    Standings: Turkey 2-1, Ukraine 2-1, Latvia 1-2, Sweden 1-2

    In Group C, Lithuania maintained the top spot with an 80-75 win over Hungary in Klaipeda as former draft pick Renaldas Seibutis had 11 points. Former collegian Rosco Allen had 17 points in the loss. Poland remains right behind them after a 90-62 win over Kosovo in Wloclawek as former collegian Karol Gruszecki had 18 points. Naturalized player Shawn Jones had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
    Standings: Lithuania 3-0, Poland 2-1, Hungary 1-2, Kosovo 0-3

    In Group D, Croatia continues to be the most harmed team by the new format as they collapsed in the second half to lose to Romania 58-56 in Zadar. Former collegian Amadeo Della Valle had 22 points as Italy stayed undefeated with an 80-62 win over the Netherlands in Verona. Former collegians also featured in the loss as Roeland Schaftenaar had 17 points and 8 rebounds and Charlon Kloof had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
    Standings: Italy 3-0, Romania 2-1, Netherlands 1-2, Croatia 0-3

    In Group E, Belgium looked set to claim their first win before a Bosnian comeback helped the hosts win 72-70 in Sarajevo. Former collegian Retin Obasohan had 16 points in the loss. France just managed to stay undefeated, edging Russia 75-74 in overtime in Strasbourg. Boris Diaw appears to be spurning a chance at an NBA return as he had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists while another ex-NBA player, Sergey Karasev, had 16 points in the loss.
    Standings: France 3-0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1, Russia 1-2, Belgium 0-3

    In Group F, the Czech Republic just managed to stay undefeated with a 78-76 win over Bulgaria in Botevgrad. Blake Schilb had 13 points in the win as his naturalized player counterpart Dee Bost had 13 points and 8 assists. Iceland is on top of a three-way tie in the rest of the standings after getting their first win 81-76 over Finland in Reykjavik. There are former collegians on both teams as Martin Hermansson had 26 points and 6 assists and Haukur Palsson had 11 points in the win while naturalized player by marriage Jamar Wilson and Mikko Koivisto had 13 points in the loss.
    Standings: Czech Republic 3-0, Iceland 1-2, Bulgaria 1-2, Finland 1-2

    The two winless teams in Group G faced off first as Georgia beat Austria 78-64 in Schwechat behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from naturalized player Mike Dixon. Germany is in the lead as they beat Serbia 79-74 in Frankfurt with 11 points from G Leaguer Isaiah Hartenstein. Ex-NBA player Miroslav Raduljica had 22 points in the loss.
    Standings: Germany 3-0, Serbia 2-1, Georgia 1-2, Austria 0-3

    Africa will be only area with qualifiers on Saturday and they can be seen on ESPN3.

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    The only area with qualifiers today was Africa as Group D play started with the Ivory Coast surprising Senegal 67-60. Former collegians led the way as Charles Abouo had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Tiegbe Bamba had 14 points, and Willy Kouassi had 12 points. Mozambique then beat the Central African Republic 59-52 as former collegian Destin Damachoua had 15 points in the loss.

    In Group B, Nigeria rolled past Rwanda 108-53 with their large roster of familiar names. Michael Efevberha had 16 points, Talib Zanna had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Obi Emegano had 13 points, Ike Diogu had 12 points, and Michael Ojo (not the one from FSU) had 10 points. Another former collegian, Kenny Gasana had 10 points in the loss. Mali closed the day with a thrilling 79-76 win over Uganda. The hosts got 10 points from former collegian Ibrahim Djambo while Uganda also got contributions from players with American ties as Robinson Odoch Opong had 18 points and Stanley Ocitti had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    A full slate of games is scheduled for Sunday and will all be ESPN3.

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    Monday is the last day for this set of qualifiers. The other 15 games will be ESPN3 exclusives, but the USA game will close the day at 11pm ET on ESPN2.

    Sunday's games actually started while it was still Saturday in the United States as East Asia Group B as Australia beat Taiwan 88-68 in Melbourne. Among their former collegians, Mitch McCarron had 11 points and Matt Hodgson had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Former collegians also led the way in the loss as Ray Chen had 22 points, naturalized player Quincy Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Hu had 15 points. The Philippines beat Japan 89-84 in Manila, also edging the battle of naturalized players as Andray Blatche had 18 points and 16 rebounds while Ira Brown had 16 points and 8 rebounds.
    Standings: Australia 4-0, Philippines 3-1, Taiwan 1-3, Japan 0-4

    In West Asia Group D, Kazakhstan beat Qatar 96-63 in Astana with a big second half. Iran looks to be back to their best, beating Iraq 83-53 in Tehran as ex-NBA player Hamed Haddadi had 15 points and 9 rebounds while naturalized player DeMario Mayfield had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
    Standings: Iran 3-1, Kazakhstan 3-1, Qatar 1-3, Iraq 1-3

    The first game in Africa Group D was quite a thriller as Central African Republic managed to hang on in overtime 63-62 against the Ivory Coast with 17 points from former collegian Destin Damachoua. Senegal handed hosts Mozambique their first loss 60-52
    Standings: Senegal 2-1, Mozambique 2-1, Central African Republic 1-2, Ivory Coast 1-2

    In Group B, Uganda beat Rwanda 79-63 for their first win as former collegian Robinson Odoch Opong had 20 points and 6 rebounds. A couple former collegians were involved in the loss as Kenny Gasana had 16 points and Hamza Ruhezamihigo had 11 points. Nigeria used their usual cast of characters to dominate the group as they beat Mali 82-59 with 22 points and 9 rebounds from Ike Diogu, 15 points from Obi Emegano, 14 points from Bryant Mbamalu, and 11 points and 8 assists from Michael Efevberha.
    Standings: Nigeria 3-0, Uganda 1-2, Mali 1-2, Rwanda 1-2

    Eric Boateng had 2 points in 5 minutes as Great Britain will need a surprise to avoid elimination from Group H after a 75-70 loss to Greece in Heraklion. Other former collegians had solid games as Luke Nelson had 12 points and Gabe Olaseni had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Former collegian Jake Cohen had 12 points, but Israel was unable to clinch a spot in the next round after a 78-62 loss to Estonia in Tallinn.
    Standings: Greece 4-0, Israel 2-2, Estonia 2-2, Great Britain 0-4

    Belgium is the team that has had no luck in Group E, which could be the toughest from top to bottom as former collegian Retin Obasohan had 10 points in Nancy, but they lost to France 64-49. In Perm, Russia beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-53 with 11 points from ex-NBA player Sergey Karasev to keep the visitors from clinching a spot in the next round.
    Standings: France 4-0, Russia 2-2, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2, Belgium 0-4

    Iceland's play in Reykjavik has shaken up Group F as they handed the Czech Republic their first loss 76-75. Players with American ties led the way as Martin Hermansson had 26 points, Jon Stefansson had 11 points, and Haukur Palsson had 10 points. Former collegian Patrik Auda had 23 points in the loss. Finland bounced back in Helsinki, beating 75-70. Jamar Wilson, who is naturalized by marriage, had 21 points and 11 assists among other former collegians as Mikko Koivisto had 18 points and Shawn Huff had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sasha Vezenkov, who was picked in the last draft, had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
    Standings: Czech Republic 3-1, Iceland 2-2, Finland 2-2, Bulgaria 1-3

    Group G play started in Kiev as Germany beat Georgia 87-77 abd would later find out that they had advanced. In the win, brief high school player Joshiko Saibou had 15 points and former collegian Niels Giffey had 12 points while naturalized player Mike Dixon had 26 points in the loss. Austria was tough in Schwechat, but Serbia escaped 82-81 as former NBA player Miroslav Raduljica had 16 points.
    Standings: Germany 4-0, Serbia 3-1, Georgia 1-3, Austria 0-4

    Also in Europe, the 2021 EuroBasket Pre-Qualifiers continued. In Group A, Macedonia beat Slovakia 87-74 in Skopje. They also won the battle of naturalized players as Richard Hendrix had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assist while Kyle Kuric had 17 points. Armenia beat Albania 84-65 in Group B in Yerevan. As usual, they relied heavily on players with American ties as A.J. Hess had 21 points, Andrew Chrabascz had 18 points and 9 rebounds, Luke Fischer had 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Aragad Abramian had 15 points and 10 rebounds.Portugal beat Cyprus 76-64 in Sines as both teams look to advance from Group C. Naturalized player Anthony King had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

    The Americas qualifiers started in the northern half as the Dominican Republic continued to control Group D with a 113-85 win over the US Virgin Islands in another game moved to Nassau due to ongoing hurricane complications. A number of former collegians had solid effots in the win as Sadiel Rojas had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Gelvis Solano had 13 points, Eloy Vargas had 12 points, and Dagoberto Pena had 11 points. The home team was down to their usual eight players as Walter Hodge had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, Johnathan Gray had 15 points, and Jamaal Samuel and Georgio Milligan had 13 points each. The visitors advanced with the result as did Canada, which won the second game in the Bahamas 113-67 over the hosts. The leading players were former collegians as Brady Heslip had 19 points, Melvin Ejim had 15 points, Kyle Landry had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Adika Peter-McNeilly and Anthony Bennett had 10 points each. Collegians led the hosts too as Jaraun Burrows had 17 points, Michael Carey had 15 points, and Eugene Bain had 11 points.
    Standings: Dominican Republic 4-0, Canada 3-1, US Virgin Islands 1-3, Bahamas 0-4

    In the southern half, Gropu B play included Brazil's 83-58 win over Chile in Goiania as Anderson Varejao had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Former collegian Sebastian Suarez had 16 points in the loss as the hosts advanced with the result. Venezuela has also advanced as former collegian Nestor Colmenares had 13 points and 15 rebounds in their 73-62 win in Medellin. Aging Stalin Ortiz had 14 points for Colombia.
    Standings: Brazil 4-0, Venezuela 3-1, Colombia 1-3, Chile 0-4

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    The United States knew that it would have its toughest test as they hosted Puerto Rico and it turned out to be tight at the end, but qualification for the next round was ensured with an 83-75 final. Obviously both teams had a number of former collegians as the visitors were led by Gian Clavell, who had 23 points and 6 rebounds, while Jorge Bryan Diaz had 12 points and Gary Browne had 11 points.

    In the other Group C game, Mexico beat Cuba 75-52 in Havana as Alex Perez Kaufmann had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Juan Toscano Anderson, who played for Wojo, had 18 points.
    Standings: United State 4-0, Puerto Rico 2-2, Mexico 2-2, Cuba 0-4

    In the southern half Group A, Argentina bounced back with an 83-61 win in Olavarria over winless Paraguay with Nicolas Brussino leading the ex-NBA contingent with 12 points. Former collegian Bruno Zanotti had 17 points in the loss. Panama handed Uruguay their first loss 86-75, but that did not stop the visitors from joining Argentina in the next round. A number of former collegians led the way as Trevor Gaskins had 19 points and 9 assists, Javier Carter had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Tony Bishop had 10 points. Ex-NBA player Esteban Batista had 22 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
    Standings: Uruguay 3-1, Argentina 3-1, Panama 2-2, Paraguay 0-4

    The day started in East Asia Group A. New Zealand had been haunted by one team since the Asia-Oceania merger, but finally got over the hump in Seoul with a 93-84 win. Former collegians led the way as Corey Webster had 30 points and 6 assists, Isaac Fotu had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Alex Pledger had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Rob Loe had 11 points. Naturalized player Ricardo Ratliffe had 29 points and 11 rebounds for South Korea. China's 111-58 win in Hong Kong means that both they and New Zealand are advancing to the next round as Yi Jianlian had 11 points.
    Standings: New Zealand 3-1, China 3-1, South Korea 2-2, Hong Kong 0-4

    In West Asia Group C, Lebanon won 90-50 in Bengalaru to advance as naturalized player Ater Majok had 17 points and 10 rebounds and former collegian Bassel Bawji had 16 points. Satnam Singh was India's bright spot with another 12 points. The naturalized players battle in Amman as Jordan advanced with the help of Dar Tucker's 28 points and 6 rebounds after their win over Syria, which got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Justin Hawkins.
    Standings: Jordan 4-0, Lebanon 3-1, Syria 1-3, India 0-4

    In Europe Group A, Slovenia missed a chance to advance, losing 93-92 to Belarus in Minsk because naturalized player Devon Saddler had 25 points and 8 assists. Spain did advance, beating Montenegro 79-67 after getting 10 points from all time international draft failure Fran Vazquez.
    Standings: Spain 4-0, Slovenia 2-2, Montenegro 1-3, Belarus 1-3

    Group B is probably one of the two groups where every team expected to advance. Naturalized player Bobby Dixon/Ali Muhammed had Turkey firing early, but Latvia got the 79-70 win in Riga. Ukraine leads the group, beating Sweden 77-66. Former draft pick Sergii Gladyr had 11 points, naturalized player Pooh Jeter had 11 points and 6 assists, and ex-NBA player Slava Kravtsov had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
    Standings: Ukraine 3-1, Turkey 2-2, Latvia 2-2, Sweden 1-3

    In Group C, Lithuania secured advancement with a 106-50 win over Kosovo in Klaipeda despite 23 points and 6 rebounds from naturalized player Shawn Jones. Hungary beat Poland 64-57 in Szombathely as naturalized player Darrin Govens had 15 points while former collegian Karol Gruszecki had 11 points in the loss.
    Standings: Lithuania 4-0, Poland, 2-2, Hungary 2-2, Kosovo 0-4

    Italy advanced from Group D with a 101-50 win over Romania in Cluj, although naturalized player Giordan Watson did have 11 points. The visitors got 29 points from former collegian Amadeo Della Valle and 11 points and 8 rebounds from Christian Burns who is naturalized by marriage. Croatia avoided complete embarrassment, picking up their first win by fighting back in Zadar to edge the Netherlands 82-78. Former collegians were involved in the loss as Thomas van der Mars had 20 points and Charlon Kloof had 14 points and 6 assists.
    Standings: Italy 4-0, Romania 2-2, Netherlands 1-3, Croatia 1-3

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    Tre, Cam, and Zion are all on the USA team for the upcoming Nike Hoop Summit:

    R.J. should be on the international team when that gets announced later.

    USA Basketball will pursue the basic same strategy as last cycle, naming Bill Self as the U18 coach this summer:

    He will be flanked by Danny Manning and Anthony Grant who have both been a part of the USA system for a while.

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    Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams are among the six players added to the USA pool for this year's World Championship. The team's assistant coaches were also named.

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    Kyrie is among the players listed for the initial pool for the Olympics:

    As I always say, shame on the United States for taking Devin Booker from Puerto Rico and Victor Oladipo from Nigeria.

    In terms of games that are actually being played, the Asian U16 Boy's Championship was postponed last year so it is currently being contested as a U17 tournament in Foshan, China. The champions have not been decided, but the key games were Friday's Quarterfinals, which were all great games with the outcomes not decided until late. The hosts made it by beating Lebanon 80-71. New Zealand had to fend off Iran 73-69, but earned the advantage of the merger between Oceania and Asia, which resulted in combined four spots instead of three spots in Asia and New Zealand and Australia competing for one Oceania spot. Australia needed a dramatic comeback to beat South Korea 69-60. The Philippines used their inside advantage to escape Japan 72-70. They will join the other eleven qualified teams and hosts Argentina later this summer for the U17 World Championship.

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    No Jason Tatum or Brandon Ingram. Doesn't Coach K have any clout any more?

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    No Jason Tatum or Brandon Ingram. Doesn't Coach K have any clout any more?
    I am guessing Jayson and Brandon will be on the select team whenever that gets named. Jabari, Rodney, and Justise were also part of that last time and could feature again. Jahlil is probably out of luck on that front though. Presumably a few other players of ours will be considered for it too.

  17. #17
    Elizabeth Williams will be in the next USA Basketball Training Camp in Seattle with an exhibition game against China.

    Chelsea Gray will be in the Turkish League Quarterfinals so she cannot attend.

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    Elizabeth Williams is one of thirteen players who will dress for the exhibition game against China at 10pm ET on Thursday:

    USA Basketball will stream the game on their Facebook and YouTube accounts as well as here:

    It is interesting that USA Basketball has been able to have so much continuity at the youth level on the Boys' side as Don Showalter is ready for another cycle:

    While we are getting ready for this U17 cycle, teams are already getting ready for the future. Recently both COCABA U14 Championships were played in El Salvador to qualify a pair of teams to future Centrobasket competition. The five girls' teams played a round-robin with Costa Rica and the hosts taking the top two places followed by Guatemala, Panama, and Honduras. On the boys' side, there were playoffs, which were won by Panama and Costa Rica as Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras rounded out the standings.

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    Elizabeth Williams had 10 points in 17 minutes. The United States had a fast start as expected, but China actually tied it at 25 before a big run led to an 83-46 American win.

  20. #20
    There are bound to be future Duke players among the guys trying out for the U17 team:

    USA Basketball keeping roster longshots in hope that could help another country is one thing, but poaching Nico Mannion back from Italy is terrible.

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