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PostPosted: 04/19/16 8:44 pm    ::: 2016 U17s Reply Reply with quote

The U16s thread from last summer makes for great reading, but time to start a new one.

The coaches from last year were previously announced as being retained.

The draw was conducted last week (barring any changes due to the ongoing FIBA-ULEB/ECA basketball wars):
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17/2016/news/draw-results-in-for-fiba-u17-world-championships

The invited players have been announced with open applications for the remaining slots:
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/04/35-accept-invitation-to-usa-womens-u17-trials.aspx

Here is the list of invitees with more information:
http://www.usab.com/womens/u17/roster.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/23/16 8:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The rest of the details have been announced, including the full roster of 150 for tryouts:
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/05/complete-roster-announced-for-womens-u17-trials.aspx
More on coaching:
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/05/wu17-lead-clinician-and-court-coaches.aspx
Roster:
http://www.usab.com/basketball/media/pdfs/2016/2016-rosters/16-wu17-trials-roster---all-alphapdf.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/24/16 9:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I will be there starting Friday afternoon ...

Look for a preview on MaxPreps Thursday and a follow on Monday.



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PostPosted: 05/27/16 12:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Maybe ClayK can count out the players tomorrow...

The USA Basketball social media and website have been confused about how many players are actually participating, but we will go with 143.
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/05/wu17-trials-preview.aspx

As usual there is some other coverage:
Interviews: http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/05/meet-the-wu17-hopefuls.aspx
Photos: http://www.usab.com/basketball/media/galleries/2016/05/wu17-skills-session-1.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/27/16 10:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Down to 136 at last count ... a change this year: They will keep 15-22 players through June 2, then choose the final 12 from there.

A good move, all in all ...



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PostPosted: 05/28/16 5:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A cut was made to 101:
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/05/womens-u17-trials-roster-at-101.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/28/16 11:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Down to 73 now:
http://www.usab.com/basketball/media/pdfs/2016/2016-rosters/16-wu17-trials-roster-all-after-2nd-round-73pdf.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/29/16 12:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Another cut to 41:
http://www.usab.com/basketball/media/pdfs/2016/2016-rosters/16-wu17-trials-roster-all-after-3rd-round-41pdf.aspx


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PostPosted: 05/29/16 3:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Some really surprising cuts to 41 ... the reaction from one of women's basketball's leading figures when told a girl had made the cut after hearing who hadn't: "Are you f....... kidding me?"

The shockers to me:

Chloe Chapman (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Rennia Davis (Ribault)
Taylor Kissinger (Minden NE)
Emer Nichols (Westbury Christian TX)
Zarielle Green (Duncanville)
Haley Jones (Mitty)
NaLyssa Smith (East Central TX) -- the biggest surprise, a 6-4 athlete who seemed to do pretty much everything but make threes
Ashley Owusu (Paul VI)



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PostPosted: 05/30/16 10:48 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Finalists have been announced on Twitter and updated here:
http://www.usab.com/womens/u17/roster.aspx


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PostPosted: 06/03/16 1:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The final team has been announced. http://www.usab.com/womens/u17/roster.aspx

Interesting that they basically scrapped last year's U16 team and started over. Only two returnees even though the tryout pool was largely the same, as I understand it. They largely skipped over the class of 2017 and went directly to 2018 and even one 2019.

Differing views on Twitter. Mike Flynn seems to think they did a great job putting this team together, Kenny Kalina and others not so much.

It does, though, undermine the argument that has been advanced here that playing on an age group USAB team represents a small elite group and best represents the elite players if ten players can be "elite" one year and not the next. The USAB selections may not be so "infallible" after all.


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PostPosted: 06/03/16 1:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

IMO and from talking to recruiters and AAU, there are no real elite players that USA needs to dominate. Therefore why not start from scratch, it was implied that the prior group struggled with team concepts so pick another group and see if you can get a little more out of them to compete.


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PostPosted: 06/03/16 3:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Off of what I saw, there are a bunch of pretty good players to choose from, but no great ones. The best is Rellah Boothe, who has an on-and-off motor, and was bumped to the U18 team after not making the U17 roster last year.

The only two players who are left from last year's team are Aquira DeCosta and Sedona Prince (a 6-7 2018 who I was very impressed with). The best of the rest, from my perspective, was 2019 Samantha Brunelle, a 6-2 girl who can shoot it and play inside.

The big issue for this team will be finding points that don't come in transition or off steals. There aren't a lot of shooters, and those who can shoot aren't really a threat to drive.

And there's not a pure point guard, though maybe Taylor Mikesell is. I was very surprised she made the team, as I didn't have a single note on her the entire time I was there. But she did something right ...



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PostPosted: 06/03/16 3:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
Off of what I saw, there are a bunch of pretty good players to choose from, but no great ones. The best is Rellah Boothe, who has an on-and-off motor, and was bumped to the U18 team after not making the U17 roster last year.

The only two players who are left from last year's team are Aquira DeCosta and Sedona Prince (a 6-7 2018 who I was very impressed with). The best of the rest, from my perspective, was 2019 Samantha Brunelle, a 6-2 girl who can shoot it and play inside.

The big issue for this team will be finding points that don't come in transition or off steals. There aren't a lot of shooters, and those who can shoot aren't really a threat to drive.

And there's not a pure point guard, though maybe Taylor Mikesell is. I was very surprised she made the team, as I didn't have a single note on her the entire time I was there. But she did something right ...


Don't know if you saw Blue Star's writeup of the 18 finalists ( http://www.bluestarmedia.org/usa-u17-finalists-images-and-evals/), but they made it sound like Destanni Henderson was the savior at PG. Any thoughts on her?


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PostPosted: 06/03/16 4:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Any reason why they would bump Boothe up if they needed more talent in the U17? The U18 seems to have enough talent to win, and already have upper classman in Cox, Dangerfield, Rameriz and has Walker. And isn't the U18 Fiba America? Unless Canada or Brazil is stacked, not sure why the move.


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PostPosted: 06/03/16 10:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

sammieee wrote:
Any reason why they would bump Boothe up if they needed more talent in the U17? The U18 seems to have enough talent to win, and already have upper classman in Cox, Dangerfield, Rameriz and has Walker. And isn't the U18 Fiba America? Unless Canada or Brazil is stacked, not sure why the move.


Perhaps Boothe would have been the clear star on this team; and they wanted to both go with a more team-centric approach and put Boothe with players that she can learn more from playing with.


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PostPosted: 06/04/16 11:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I thought Henderson was good but not great ... she should do fine, though. Very quick ...

As for Boothe, she didn't make the U16s last year, and maybe coach Dori Oldaker felt her work rate wouldn't help develop the younger players. Hard to say ... Boothe had the most offensive talent of the U17s and it's not like the U18 posts were god-like.

If Boothe goes hard all the time, she's really, really good.



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PostPosted: 06/04/16 12:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Maybe girl's basketball, both in the aggregate and in terms of superstars, is in a talent decline.

High school basketball may have peaked with the class of 2004. There have been a few superstars since then -- Moore, EDD, Griner, maybe Charles.

But the teen decade has been sort of blah with no superstars in sight.

Just a thought, which could be wrong.
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PostPosted: 06/04/16 12:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Maybe girl's basketball, both in the aggregate and in terms of superstars, is in a talent decline.

High school basketball may have peaked with the class of 2004. There have been a few superstars since then -- Moore, EDD, Griner, maybe Charles.

But the teen decade has been sort of blah with no superstars in sight.

Just a thought, which could be wrong.


I hear the Stewart kid is pretty good ...

But the steady rise in participation in volleyball and soccer, and the flat numbers or decline in basketball, is having an impact, I think. I don't follow those other two sports at the youth level, so I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if someone who could have been a basketball superstar is now dominating in volleyball or soccer.



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PostPosted: 06/05/16 12:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Maybe girl's basketball, both in the aggregate and in terms of superstars, is in a talent decline.

High school basketball may have peaked with the class of 2004. There have been a few superstars since then -- Moore, EDD, Griner, maybe Charles.

But the teen decade has been sort of blah with no superstars in sight.

Just a thought, which could be wrong.


I hear the Stewart kid is pretty good ...

But the steady rise in participation in volleyball and soccer, and the flat numbers or decline in basketball, is having an impact, I think. I don't follow those other two sports at the youth level, so I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if someone who could have been a basketball superstar is now dominating in volleyball or soccer.


I think it's just what you've been talking about for years, that the AAU system is creating a bunch of fast break oriented athletes and doesn't value or encourage girls to learn fundamentals and scoring skills.

On the U16 team last year there was a paucity of players who could shoot. No outside shooters, no pull up shooters, no mid range shooters, and layups were an adventure.

Same problem on the U18 3x3 team this weekend - Ramirez was the only scorer. Because it's all man-to-man defense, 3x3 requires an ability to create your own shot with a hand in your face. There's few open set shots, and no transition fast breaks.

Look how many womens college teams rely on transition offense because they recruit athletes and not basketball players. The number of elite teams that play really good half court offense is very very small. Half court offense becomes someone either jacking up a bad shot, or going 1-on-5 to the rim. I'm not convinced a lot of those coaches know how to coach offense so they rely just on recruiting to try to win. You actually see more organized and better executed offenses on many mid majors who can't get the elite athletes. They have lots of less-gifted players who rely on sound fundamentals instead of raw athleticism. Unfortunately so many top schools seems to recruit the elite athletes regardless of their basketball skills that it encourages that style of play.

The quality of play that I've seen on these Nike Elite AAU travel teams is frankly pretty abysmal. That style may work when they play against each other, but it doesn't when they face the International teams.


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PostPosted: 06/06/16 9:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
ClayK wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
Maybe girl's basketball, both in the aggregate and in terms of superstars, is in a talent decline.

High school basketball may have peaked with the class of 2004. There have been a few superstars since then -- Moore, EDD, Griner, maybe Charles.

But the teen decade has been sort of blah with no superstars in sight.

Just a thought, which could be wrong.


I hear the Stewart kid is pretty good ...

But the steady rise in participation in volleyball and soccer, and the flat numbers or decline in basketball, is having an impact, I think. I don't follow those other two sports at the youth level, so I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if someone who could have been a basketball superstar is now dominating in volleyball or soccer.


I think it's just what you've been talking about for years, that the AAU system is creating a bunch of fast break oriented athletes and doesn't value or encourage girls to learn fundamentals and scoring skills.

On the U16 team last year there was a paucity of players who could shoot. No outside shooters, no pull up shooters, no mid range shooters, and layups were an adventure.

Same problem on the U18 3x3 team this weekend - Ramirez was the only scorer. Because it's all man-to-man defense, 3x3 requires an ability to create your own shot with a hand in your face. There's few open set shots, and no transition fast breaks.

Look how many womens college teams rely on transition offense because they recruit athletes and not basketball players. The number of elite teams that play really good half court offense is very very small. Half court offense becomes someone either jacking up a bad shot, or going 1-on-5 to the rim. I'm not convinced a lot of those coaches know how to coach offense so they rely just on recruiting to try to win. You actually see more organized and better executed offenses on many mid majors who can't get the elite athletes. They have lots of less-gifted players who rely on sound fundamentals instead of raw athleticism. Unfortunately so many top schools seems to recruit the elite athletes regardless of their basketball skills that it encourages that style of play.

The quality of play that I've seen on these Nike Elite AAU travel teams is frankly pretty abysmal. That style may work when they play against each other, but it doesn't when they face the International teams.


It's not just the women's game -- look at NBA draft projections. Everyone's looking for shooters, and the questions about perimeter players almost always revolve around shooting.

Parents want wins for their money, and they put kids (boys or girls) on winning teams. The easiest way to win, and the easiest to coach, at the youth level, is to collect superior athletes and overwhelm skill.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a horrible piece on this, glorifying Vivek Ranadive (now the owner of the Kings, and maybe the worst owner in the NBA) for taking athletes in fifth grade and simply pressing other teams to death. It didn't matter that no skills were being developed because Gladwell was all in on winning, just as parents are.

Coaches can't sell a two weekends a month working on fundamentals rather than playing in tournaments, and even if they did, it's a lot harder -- and more boring -- to work on dribbling, passing and shooting than it is to work on inbounds plays, presses and trapping defenses.

USA Basketball has tried to reform the system, but there are too many stakeholders and no one wants to give up any turf.



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PostPosted: 06/09/16 9:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Another point about USA Basketball ...

Watching the Trials and the offense they put in (and the U18s and all the Americans), I am consistently surprised that they don't run the pick-and-roll, or a verseion of Dribble Drive Motion. Both would take advantage of the USA's quickness while making three-point success less of an issue.

But for whatever reason, few coaches of females like to use the pick-and-roll, and I don't know why. The NBA is the best league in the world, with the best players, and the offensive staple is and has been the pick-and-roll -- because it is so hard to defend. It's not easy to teach, I know, and because women don't play pickup basketball, it takes more time to teach, but especially in international play, a heavy diet of pick-and-roll would be very difficult to stop.



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PostPosted: 06/17/16 8:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

However, having 3 pt shooters is a part of the pick and roll, not having it makes it easier to guard.


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PostPosted: 06/17/16 11:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bballjunkie wrote:
However, having 3 pt shooters is a part of the pick and roll, not having it makes it easier to guard.


While having 3pt shooters can help a lot of things on offense, the pick and roll play worked just fine in the 1920's on the Original Celtics and other teams when there was no three-point shot.

Tangentially, it's amusing to see modern writers proclaiming that the pick and roll play was invented in the 1990's by Karl Malone and John Stockton or by some modern coach such as Bruce Weber.

Nat Holman, the greatest guard of the first 50 years, used and taught the play on the Original Celtics and his CCNY team at least since the publication of his book, Scientific Basketball, in 1922.
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PostPosted: 06/18/16 3:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

58-46 exhibition win over France with Aquira DeCosta leading the way:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/FFBB/301022/index_en_AU.html


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PostPosted: 06/18/16 5:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

awhom111 wrote:
58-46 exhibition win over France with Aquira DeCosta leading the way:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/FFBB/301022/index_en_AU.html


DeCosta dominant in scoring, rebounding and FTA's.

Maya Dodson dominant in minutes played and also had the most assists.

Poor 3PA and 3PM stats.
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PostPosted: 06/19/16 12:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

In general, there are two stats that matter for American international teams: three-point percentage and turnovers.

14% and 26.

Not good news ...



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PostPosted: 06/20/16 8:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There is no boxscore, but the United States needed a huge comeback to beat Australia 70-67 in the last exhibition:
http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/06/wu17-scrimmage-v-australia.aspx

I am not sure what to think about the result. It is good to see the fightback, but such a big deficit is surprising even if the Gems are supposed to be very good, especially with Magbegor.

This is generally considered a very wide open tournament and those who follow this sort of thing do not even necessarily consider the United States among the favorites. I have even heard someone suggest that finishing third in their group would not be out of the question.


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PostPosted: 06/21/16 12:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

US plays Korea tomorrow at 2:30 pm. Info is at http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016.

Looks like live streaming is on the FIBA YouTube channel, and maybe at the above website.


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Here's a link to FIBA's Youtube page with the live feed for all of Wednesday's games, including US-Korea. The games start at 7:45 am Eastern time (I think) with Australia vs Mexico.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCXERy73Oiz-7dCmW6JYaKrM2GYhORBlf


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PostPosted: 06/21/16 7:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
Here's a link to FIBA's Youtube page with the live feed for all of Wednesday's games, including US-Korea. The games start at 7:45 am Eastern time (I think) with Australia vs Mexico.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCXERy73Oiz-7dCmW6JYaKrM2GYhORBlf


Thanks, Art.


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PostPosted: 06/21/16 8:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Direct links for the first day (times Eastern):
Australia vs Mexico, 7:45am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw3eG8V9EyQ
Latvia vs Japan, 8:15am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTkcinrVIHY
France vs China, 10:00am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUyevvh6qys
Spain vs Portugal, 10:30am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU-44TBcB_A
Italy vs Czech Republic, 12:15pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKKu3YeItFw
Nigeria vs Canada, 12:45pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY5cARalLhk
United States vs South Korea 2:30pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp2IUuErPHg
Brazil vs Mali 3:00pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78BM5UdBK00

Those links should also be good for replays after the game is over.

The two all-European games should both be very good matchups.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 10:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well color me surprised. As the 3rd Q comes to a close, China leads France by 4.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 10:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And China blows out France, opening up a 20 pt lead on the way to a 12 pt win.

This China team looks pretty solid.


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Spain and Portugal tied with eight minutes to go. Good game

It's amazing they show these games at all. Seems to be around 300 youtube viewers. I assume that's the worldwide total.

Picture is great. No announcers, play by play, or commentary.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 12:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Nigerian team was denied necessary visas for travel to Spain so they are missing the tournament and forfeiting their games.

No idea what the issue is but feel sorry for the girls who are probably victims of incompetence or politics or both.

France evidently suffers Clay's "US syndrome". Way too many turnovers (29), and lousy 3pt shooting (27% vs China's 47%) resulting in an unexpected loss.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 1:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

USA - S Korea underway. Size-wise the Koreans look like 5th graders compared to the US.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 1:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

In the early going, this US team looks like a classic Pat Summit team. Can't shoot, but they play defense and dominate the backboards.

Against Korea that looks like it may be enough.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 1:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Interesting approach. On one possession the US got five shots of five feet or less, missed them all, finally got fouled and got the chance to make free throws.

That's one approach I guess. If you can keep getting offensive boards until a shot finally goes in or you get fouled, you can probably score enough to win.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 2:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Middle of second quarter US leads 41--20.

Key stat - US holds a 32-13 rebounding edge.

32 rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Wow.

US is also 0-4 from behind the arc.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 2:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
Middle of second quarter US leads 41--20.

Key stat - US holds a 32-13 rebounding edge.

32 rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Wow.

US is also 0-4 from behind the arc.


Sounds just like the Tenn LV formula for success Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 3:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nigeria is notorious for players birth year chicanery.


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US beats Korea 104-45.
US shoots 51% on 2s, a whopping 11% (1/9) on 3s.
US has 24 turnovers, forces 15.
But - here's the biggie - US outrebounds Korea 85-28, including 33 offensive rebounds.

I'm not sure I've ever heard of a team having 85 rebounds in a game before.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 7:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Game story and boxscore for the Korea game: http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2016/06/wu17-game-01-v-kor.aspx


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 9:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Rest of the boxscores:
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/Latvia-Japan#|tab=boxscore_statistics
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/Australia-Mexico#|tab=boxscore_statistics
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/France-China#|tab=boxscore_statistics
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/Italy-Czech-Republic#|tab=boxscore_statistics
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/Spain-Portugal#|tab=boxscore_statistics
http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2206/Brazil-Mali#|tab=boxscore_statistics

The biggest upset may not have been China over France but Mali over Brazil instead. Brazil has three players in high school/AAU in North Carolina.

Precious Ogbuta of Nigeria should have just decided to show up anyway. She goes to Allen in Texas and was actually part of the USA tryout roster. That reminds me T.J. Leaf missing out on the U19 Men's Team last year and then going to play for the country of his birth, Israel, instead. Nigeria's fans probably wanted the one American defection of the summer to be Victor Oladipo though.

All of the YouTube links are up for the group stage games now. I will only link up the next day's games to avoid confusion. Without Nigeria, there are only three games on Thursday (times Eastern):
Mexico vs France, 7:45am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3NADiS8mec
China vs Australia, 8:15am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGhQ5KLh8VA
Canada vs Latvia, 10:30am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbQXxAOc_d4


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 9:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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The biggest upset may not have been China over France but Mali over Brazil instead. Brazil has three players in high school/AAU in North Carolina.


Mali led virtually the entire game and by 11 at the half. This wasn't a fluke. They went out and beat 'em.


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ArtBest23 wrote:
awhom111 wrote:


The biggest upset may not have been China over France but Mali over Brazil instead. Brazil has three players in high school/AAU in North Carolina.


Mali led virtually the entire game and by 11 at the half. This wasn't a fluke. They went out and beat 'em.


And Brazil beat the US last year ...



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There were only three games today with no Nigeria. France beat Mexico and Australia beat China in the other group pretty handily. Canada finally got to play their first game and they had to come back to take Latvia to overtime before winning.

Direct links for Friday's games (times Eastern):

USA vs Czech Republic, 8:15am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcZ7qNSTSm4
South Korea vs Italy, 7:45am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQOeif0Jlxc
Portugal vs Brazil, 12:15pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaGHJl6ZTjY
Mali vs Spain, 12:45pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO13Zjjf0F4


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PostPosted: 06/24/16 9:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

US won 72-63.

Most remarkable stat today - 143 combined shots
US was 27/71, Czechs were 19/72.

Of course lots of missed shots means lots of rebounding opportunities - 97 combined, with US having a 56-41 edge.

27 turnovers today for the US.


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USA-Czech boxscore: http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2016/2406/Czech-Republic-USA#|tab=boxscore_statistics


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