Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina qualify for FIBA U19 World Championship
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The USA, Canada, Argentina and Puerto Rico have qualified for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championship by virtue of reaching the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario.
On Friday, the USA will meet Argentina at 6 p.m. ET in one semifinal, followed by Canada against Puerto Rico at 8:15.
Kentucky-bound guard Tyrese Maxey (ankle) is still very tender and it doesn’t sound like he’ll play against Argentina. He’s a “maybe” for Saturday if the USA makes the final, coach Bill Self told ZAGSBLOG. Maxey injured the ankle in Tuesday’s win over Puerto Rico.
The USA and Canada are the favorites to meet in Saturday’s championship game.
Self and his staff also watched Canada Monday when they beat Ecuador, 115-75.
“I was really impressed,” he said. “They’re really athletic and really fast and they have multiple, multiple high-major guys. They have three or four players who could player anywhere in the country. They’re really athletic and they get the ball down hill. If we get an opportunity to play them, we’ll probably have to play our best game.”At least that figures to be more entertaining for the players — and the coaches.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.