THIRD COPABA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG MEN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 2000

THIRD COPABA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG MEN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 2000

Ribeirao Preto, Brazil - July 19-23, 2000


After downing its first four opponents en route to the gold medal game, the USA fell to Argentina 92-77 and earned the silver medal at the 2000 COPABA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.


2000 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team


2000 USA RESULTS (4-1)
USA 122 Uruguay 73
USA 105 Panama 81
USA 83 Argentina 78
USA 96 Brazil 91
Argentina 92 USA 77

2000 COMPETITION FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Argentina (4-1) 5. Canada (2-3)
2. *USA (4-1) 6. Puerto Rico (2-3)
3. *Dom. Rep. (4-1) 7. Panama (2-3)
4. Brazil (2-3) 8. Uruguay (0-5)
* Qualified for the 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men.

Winning four of five games in five days, the USA achieved its
primary goal of qualifying for the 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men, as the top three nations in the COPABA competition earned invites to the 2001FIBA World Championship For Young Men.

The USA collegians opened tournament play on July 19 and behind a balanced scoring attack that saw every available U.S. member score, including seven in double digits, the U.S. recorded a 122-73 victory over Uruguay. Jason Williams paced the USA's offense with 19 points, while Nick Collison added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

With the help of 15 second half points from Drew Gooden that came in a six-minute span, the U.S. finished strong and posted a 105-81 win over Panama on July 20. Williams finished with 21 points to pace the USA's scoring, while Gooden finished with 17 points, Jason Richardson added 16, and Mike Dunleavy and Kenny Satterfield each notched 11 points.

Thanks to three-point plays by Richardson and Satterfield in the final minute, the U.S. came-from-behind to edge Argentina 83-78 on July 21. The win advanced the U.S. to the semifinals and improved its record to 3-0. The U.S. trailed much of the game and with Argentina leading 78-75, Richardson drained a 3-pointer with one minute remaining, then following an Argentina turnover, Satterfield was fouled while driving to the basket and converted his free throw to complete the three-point play and put the USA on top, 81-78, with 21.6 seconds to go. Argentina missed a desperation three and Richardson scored two with 8.6 seconds remaining as the USA came away with the 83-78 win. Richardson led the U.S. with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Williams was the only other U.S. scorer in double digits with 17 points.

Behind Williams' team-high 27 points, the USA held off host Brazil 96-91 on July 22 to advance to the gold medal contest. The win assured the U.S. of a berth in the 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men. Brazil was within three points, 93-90, with 23.9 seconds to go, however, the USA iced the contest when Williams made one of two free throws and Satterfield converted on two free throws to give the USA the victory.

Despite 17 points from Williams, Argentina handed the U.S. a 92-77 defeat in the gold medal game. Argentina opened the second half with a 9-3 run to take an eight point lead, 50-42, with 14:36 to go. With 2:22 to go, Richardson knocked down a three to cut the gap to seven, 81-74. However, Argentina answered with a 3-pointer of its own at 1:59 and after a U.S. miss, Argentina sank two free throws to take a 86-74 lead with 1:15 to go and end all comeback hopes. In addition to Williams' team-high 17 points, Zach Randolph and Richardson each scored 12 and Brian Cook pitched in 11 points.

Williams led the U.S. squad and ranked fourth in the tournament in scoring, averaging 20.2 ppg., and led all competitors in assists with 29. Richardson ranked eighth among tournament leadersm at 15.6 ppg., and Randolph ranked 17th for scoring averaging 11.6 ppg. Collison led the USA in rebounding and ranked fourth in the tournament averaging 7.2 rpg., and also led the U.S. for blocked shots with seven, which ranked tied for sixth among all competitors.

 

2000 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team Roster

 

NAME POS

HGT

WGT

AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Steve Blake

G

6- 3

175

20

Maryland Miami Lakes, FL
Nick Collison

F

6- 9

240

19

Kansas Iowa Falls, IA
Brian Cook

F

6-10

231

19

Illinois Lincoln, IL
Mike Dunleavy

G/F

6- 7

200

19

Duke Lake Oswego, OR
Drew Gooden

F

6- 9

221

18

Kansas Richmond, CA
Joe Johnson

G/F

6- 8

225

19

Arkansas Little Rock, AR
Tayshaun Prince G/F

6- 9

215

20

Kentucky Compton, CA
Zach Randolph

C/F

6- 9

215

19

Marion H.S. / *Michigan St. Marion, IN
Jason Richardson

G/F

6- 6

210

19

Michigan State Saginaw, MI
Kenny Satterfield

G

6- 2

175

19

Cincinnati Bronx, NY
Bobby Simmons

G/F

6- 7

210

20

DePaul Chicago, IL
Jason Williams

G

6- 2

190

18

Duke Plainfield, NJ
HEAD COACH: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (NY)
ASSISTANT COACH: Ray McCallum, University of Houston
ASSISTANT COACH: Jay Wright, Hofstra University (NY)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Ed Orr, University of Arizona
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Paul Suhey, State College, PA
*Player signed a national letter of intent to attend designated school

2000 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Williams 5/5
33- 59
.559
16- 26
.615
19- 23
.826
7/ 1.4
101/ 20.2
29
2
7
Richardson 5/5
31- 57
.544
9- 19
.474
7- 8
.875
26/ 5.2
78/ 15.6
8
4
13
Randolph 5/5
22- 43
.512
0- 0
.---
14- 23
.609
31/ 6.2
58/ 11.6
2
1
2
Satterfield 5/0
17- 33
.515
1- 5
.200
11- 12
.917
9/ 1.8
46/ 9.2
15
0
3
Collison 5/0
17- 32
.531
1- 4
.250
9- 12
.750
36/ 7.2
44/ 8.8
7
7
3
Gooden 5/0
16- 37
.432
3- 9
.333
5- 11
.455
15/ 3.0
40/ 8.0
3
3
6
Dunleavy 5/5
13- 28
.464
3- 13
.231
7- 8
.875
11/ 2.2
36/ 7.2
11
2
9
Prince 5/0
9- 31
.290
2- 14
.143
3- 4
.750
12/ 2.4
23/ 4.6
4
2
1
Cook 5/5
6- 11
.545
1- 3
.333
9- 10
.900
11/ 2.2
22/ 4.4
2
2
1
Simmons 4/0
6- 12
.500
2- 4
.500
7- 9
.778
12/ 3.0
21/ 5.3
0
0
2
Blake 5/0
5- 16
.313
2- 6
.333
2- 2
1.000
11/ 2.2
14/ 2.8
8
1
5
Johnson
DNP -- Injured
USA 5
175-359
.487
40-103
.388
93-122
.762
181/36.2
483/ 96.6
89
24
52
OPP. 5
131-312
.420
26- 90
.289
127-180
.706
152/30.4
415/ 83.0
70
14
41

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.