Sunday, 8 July 2007

FIBA U-19 News: USA Loses Key Guard

USA guard Tyreke Evans, one of America's top high school guards and a key recruiting target for Louisville among many others top NCAA teams, sustained an injury during the Global Games and will miss the FIBA World U-19 championship beginning this coming week as the Philadelphia Daily News reports Back Injury forces Evans to miss worlds

USA captures Global Games championship led by K-State's Michael Beasley Beasley, USA win gold at Global Games

Here is a comprehensive preview of the tournament from Fran Fraschilla, ESPN's international basketball analyst including a detailed look at each player on the USA team and his picks for favorites and sleepers in the tournament. (Note that this is an Insider article that has been opened up for sample viewing as of today). Beasley, Jordan lead group of future superstars This tournament gives our Canadian team a chance to play against the world's finest including several USA and other international players who are projected as first round picks in the NBA.

An article from a Plano Star-Courier, TX newspaper on the Global Games going on this weekend in Dallas Talent, old rivalries on display at Global Games

A quick update on the Nigerian team assembled for the FIBA World Under 19 championships. Note the comments by the coaching staff chastising Nigerian basketball officials for flying in the day before the opening game against Canada Nigerians ready for World U-19's

Finally, thanks to Wellsie (Dave Wells from Southern Alberta) for pointing out that only 5 teams (2 automatic qualifiers and 3 qualifiers for a subsequent qualifying tournament) will make it as a result of the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Las Vegas in late August: from the championship web site.

"One of FIBA's five zone Olympic qualifying tournaments, the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 will determine the two men's teams from the Americas zone who will earn qualifying berths for the 2008 Olympic Games scheduled for Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China. The third, fourth and fifth place finishers will qualify for the 12-team 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (July 7-13, 2008, at a site TBD) that will qualify the final three teams for the 2008 Olympics."

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