FIRST COPABA MEN'S 22 & UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1993

FIRST COPABA MEN'S 22 & UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1993

Rosario, Argentina - June 14-22, 1993


The 1993 USA Men's 22 And Under World Championship Qualifying Team traveled to Argentina with the hopes of winning a gold medal, but its hopes were dashed as it closed the tournament with a 6-1 record after a narrow 82-80 loss to host Argentina in the gold medal contest. Despite the loss, the U.S. earned a berth to the 1993 FIBA 22 And Under World Championship later that summer.


1993 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team


1993 USA RESULTS (6-1)
USA 121 Cuba 52
USA 105 Brazil 90
USA 103 Panama 68
USA 93 Brazil 90
USA 92 Argentina 86
USA 107 Canada 60
Argentina 82 USA 80

1993 COMPETITION FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Argentina (5-2) 5. #Cuba (0-3)
2. *USA (6-1)

#Mexico (0-3)

3. *Brazil (3-3) #Panama (1-2)
4. Canada (3-3) #Uruguay (1-2)
* Qualified for the 1993 FIBA Men's 22 & Under World Championship
#Records reflect preliminary round games only

Overall, the USA outscored its opponents by nearly 25 points a contest, while outrebounding foes by 13 rebounds each game, as the squad averaged 100.1 ppg. and 38.1 rpg. to opponents' 75.4 ppg. and 25.1 rpg.

In an all-around team effort, the United States had five players average in double digits for scoring. Wesley Person poured in 15.9 ppg. to lead the U.S. charge, while Cherokee Parks averaged 14.6 ppg., Stevin Smith added 12.6 ppg., Othella Harrington scored 11.3 ppg. and Corliss Williamson averaged 10.9 ppg.

The U.S. opened preliminary play with a 121-52 rout of Cuba as Person notched a game high 24 points, Smith and Williamson each scored 22 and Parks added 20 points.

Brazil proved a tougher opponent and led the U.S. 57-52 at the midway point. However, Smith, who had just two points in the first half, turned up the heat to score 24 in the second and help lead the United States to a 105-90 victory. The USA's cause was further aided by 18 points by Person and 17 from Parks.

The North Americans walked away with its third straight win after drubbing Panama 103-68. Harrington paced the USA offense, recording team highs of 22 points and eight rebounds. The U.S. also received strong showings from Person, 16 points, Eddie Jones, 15 points, Parks 14 points and Steve Woodberry added 11 points.

Opening quarterfinals play, the United States slipped past Brazil 93-90 in a come-from-behind victory after trailing 42-38 at the half. In a game that remained a tight affair for virtually the entire 40 minutes, the United States received a strong 23 point effort from Parks. Williamson and Woodberry contributed 10 points apiece.

The United States earned its fifth win in as many games as it earned a 92-83 quarterfinals victory over Argentina. Led by Person's 20 points, five USA players scored in double digits including double-doubles from Parks, 16 points, 11 rebounds; and Williamson, 11 points and 11 rebounds.

In its final quarterfinal contest, the U.S. easily advanced to the gold medal game by virtue of a 107-60 victory over Canada. Jones and Woodberry led the offensive attack with 15 points apiece off the bench, Harrington added 14 and Williamson scored 11 points.

Despite a team leading 22 points from Person, the USA's gold medal quest fell short as host Argentina nipped the Americans 82-80. Trailing by as many as 16 points in the opening half, the U.S. mounted a small rally and cup the gap to eight at halftime, 47-39.

With 17 seconds to play, Woodberry scored to pull the U.S. within one, 80-79. Argentina's Cristian Aragona was fouled and made both of his free throws with 10 seconds left to push his team ahead to 82-79. Smith was fouled with two seconds to go and made his first attempt and intentionally missed his second. However, Argentina grabbed the rebound to seal its gold medal victory.

In addition to Person's 22 points, Woodberry finished with 11 points.

 

1993 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

AGE

SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cory Alexander
G
6-1
176
19
Virginia
Waynesboro, VA
Joey Brown
G
5-10
183
20
University
Morgan City, LA
Bill Curley
C
6-11
220
20
Boston College
Duxbury, MA
Othella Harrington
C
6-10
236
19
University
Jackson, MS
Eddie Jones
F
6-6
175
21
Temple
Pompano Beach, FL
Cherokee Parks
C
6-11
235
20
Duke
Huntington Bch., CA
Wesley Person
F
6-6
180
22
Auburn
Brantley, AL
Theo Ratliff
F
6-10
190
20
Wyoming
Demopolis, AL
Stevin Smith
G
6-2
205
21
Arizona State
Dallas, TX
Monty Williams
F
6-8
207
21
Notre Dame
Forest Heights, MD
Corliss Williamson
F
6-7
245
19
Arkansas
Russellville, AR
Steve Woodberry
G
6-4
180
21
Kansas
Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Roy Williams, University of Kansas
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut
ASSISTANT COACH: Jerry Green, University of Oregon
ASSISTANT COACH: Mike Jarvis, George Washington Univ. (DC)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Jim Nevin, Poway, CA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: David Leigh, Marquette University (WI)

1993 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Person 7/5
48- 79
.608
8- 20
.400
7- 11
.636
38/ 5.4
111/ 15.9
1
3
11
Parks 7/4
38- 55
.691
0- 0
.---
26- 31
.839
48/ 6.9
102/ 14.6
4
8
4
Smith 7/7
27- 55
.491
18- 39
.462
16- 19
.842
5/ 0.7
88/ 12.6
2
0
13
Harrington 7/4
25- 40
.625
0- 0
.---
29- 39
.744
32/ 4.6
79/ 11.3
1
7
4
Williamson 7/3
32- 49
.653
0- 0
.---
12- 18
.667
41/ 5.9
76/ 10.9
2
3
2
Woodberry 7/1
22- 40
.550
5- 10
.500
9- 14
.643
16/ 2.3
58/ 8.3
7
1
8
Jones 7/1
20- 49
.408
2- 10
.200
7- 11
.636
21/ 3.0
49/ 7.0
3
2
10
Brown 7/7
13- 23
.565
6- 10
.600
8- 13
.615
15/ 2.1
40/ 5.7
6
1
12
Alexander 7/0
12- 29
.414
2- 9
.222
7- 10
.700
9/ 1.3
33/ 4.7
3
1
10
Ratliff 6/1
10- 16
.625
0- 0
.---
5- 8
.625
13/ 2.2
25/ 4.2
0
10
3
Williams 5/0
10- 16
.625
0- 1
.000
5- 8
.625
7/ 1.4
25/ 5.0
2
0
3
Curley 7/2
6- 12
.500
0- 0
.---
3- 5
.600
22/ 3.1
15/ 2.1
1
3
4
USA 7
263-463
.568
41-99
.414
134-187
.717
267/38.1
701/100.1
32
39
84
OPP. 7
179-423
.423
29-98
.296
141-211
.668
176/25.1
528/ 75.4
25
21
86

NOTE: The FIBA U21 World Championship was originally the FIBA 22 and Under World Championship and designed for men 22-years-old or younger. FIBA lowered the age eligibility to 21-years-old or younger in December 1998 and changed the competition name to the World Championship for Young Men. In 2004 the name changed again to the FIBA U21 World Championship and the qualifying tournament was also renamed to the FIBA Americas U20 Championship.