Official USA Men's U19 World Championship Roster Finalized
The Team USA U19 roster has been determined, per USABasketball.com.
The roster includes Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes, Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon and top 2013 recruits Aaron Gordon (Arizona) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington).
Team USA U19 World Championship Roster
|Aaron Gordon||F||Archbishop HS/Arizona|
|Jahlil Okafor||C||Whitney Young HS|
|Marcus Smart||G||Oklahoma State|
|Nigel Williams-Goss||G/F||Findlay Prep/Washington|
|Justise Winslow||F||St. John's HS|
Smart could have been a top-five pick if he would have declared for the NBA draft this year. He averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals in his freshman year at Oklahoma State. That included posting 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals against Oregon in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Stokes averaged 12.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in his sophomore campaign at Tennessee. That includes registering 14 points and 13 rebounds against Mercer in the 2013 NIT tournament.
Sulaimon averaged 11.6 points while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc in his freshman season at Duke. He posted a combined 37 points against Creighton and Michigan State in the NCAA tournament.
Will Team USA win the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship?
Gordon and Nigel Williams-Goss were ranked as the No. 4 and No. 34 recruits in the 2013 class, respectively, according to 247Sports.com.
In the FIBA U19 World Championship two years ago, Team USA finished fifth. That was after finishing first in 2009 and second in 2007. Team USA has won the World Championship four times, dating back to 1979.
The tournament will be hosted by the Czech Republic this year from June 27 to July 7. The United States is part of Group D, which includes China, Ivory Coast and Russia. Russia placed third in the tournament in 2011.
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