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.
official, 12-man 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team roster was announced Thursday morning, and it features five USA gold medalists, five players who completed their first collegiate season
in 2018-19, one athlete from the high school class of 2019 and six players from the high school class of 2020.
Named to the USA U19 World Cup Team were: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.); Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas); Jalen Green (Prolific Prep/Fresno, Calif.); Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State/Oshkosh, Wis.); Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama/Meridianville, Ala.); Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State/Mansfield, Texas); Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian School/Temecula, Calif.); Reggie Perry (Mississippi State/Thomasville, Ga.); Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (IMG Academy, FL/Overland Park, Kan.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Trevion Williams (Purdue/Chicago, Ill.); and Ziaire Williams (Notre Dame H.S./Sherman Oaks, Calif.).
The last six players cut were: Josh Christopher, Walker Kessler, Casey Morsell, Zeke Nnaji, Anton Watson, and Samuell Williamson.
been a very, very difficult selection process the last couple of days.
One to cut the roster down to 18, and
then to get it 12,” said USA and Kansas State University head coach
Bruce Weber. “We had a really talented group of players, there were a
lot of guys who could be part of this team. I think the thing we have is
experience. We have guys who played major college
basketball in tough environments, and then we also have another group
that has played for USA Basketball at different levels and won gold
you think about playing international basketball it’s about toughness,
it’s about experience, IQ, and I think that all adds up to why we chose
this roster and hopefully moving forward it gives us the best
opportunity to win the gold,” added Weber.
Assisting USA head coach Weber with the U19 World Cup team are assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North
USA will continue training in Colorado Springs through June 23, then travel to Heraklion, Crete, Greece, for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup that will
be played June 29-July 7.
features two-time USA Basketball gold medalists Barnes, Green and
Suggs, while Mobley and Robinson-Earl have won one gold medal in
international play. Additionally, Robinson-Earl helped
USA Basketball to a win over the World Select Team in the 2019 Nike
teams will compete for the U19 World title and they have been divided
into four groups for preliminary, round-robin games. The USA was drawn
into Group A and will
open preliminary play against New Zealand on June 29, then face
Lithuania on June 30 and Senegal on July 2.
the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the round of 16 on
July 3. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the
medal quarterfinals on July 5, and the losers will play out for
ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 6, and the gold
and bronze medal games on July 7.
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.