Third FIBA World Championship For Young Men - 2001

THIRD FIBA FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG MEN - 2001

Saitama, Japan - August 3-12, 2001



Relying on an outstanding team effort which saw all 12 players contribute, the United States staked a claim on top honors at the 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men compiling an 8-0 record and putting together an impressive run en route to the title.

2001 World Championship for Young Men Team
2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team


2001 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA 98 Croatia 69
USA 128 South Korea 73
USA 84 Argentina 71
USA 123 Japan 87
USA 98 Israel 74
USA 110 Slovenia 83
USA 95 Argentina 90
USA 89 Croatia 80

2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG MEN FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 9. Egypt (3-4)
2. Croatia (4-4) 10. Qatar (1-6)
3. Argentina (5-3) 11. Japan (2-5)
4. Dom. Rep. (4-4) 12. S. Korea (0-7)
5. Spain (6-2)
6. Slovenia (4-4)
7. Israel (5-3)
8. Australia (4-4)

The U.S. performance was dominating and a majority of the USA event and game records fell. As a team, 10 of 14 single game marks for the USA team fell and 14 of 16 USA team records for the competition were rewritten. Individually, eight of 14 single game records were improved on and seven of the eight competition records were bettered.

The gold medal effort was a true team effort in every sense. The USA offensive attack which saw the U.S. average a high octane 101.9 points a game, featured four players scoring in double figures and no less than nine averaging 7.0 points a game or more. Carlos Boozer led the USA's scoring, setting a team record for most points scored in the event after accounting for 127 points for a 15.9 ppg. Troy Bell and Chris Duhon each averaged 11.9 points, while Caron Butler averaged 10.6 ppg. Boozer also led the Americans on the glass, averaging 8.0 rpg., with Collison added 5.4 rpg. and Evans grabbed 5.0 rpg. The team's unselfish play was underscored by the fact that of its 300 made field goals, 201 were assisted. Duhon led the team averaging 6.8 assists, while Nelson, 4.0 apg., Bell, 3.1 apg., and Taylor, 2.8 apg., were strong in the U.S. passing game as well.

Led by 19 points from Duhon, the USA opened preliminary play on Aug. 3 with an impressive 88-69 victory over Croatia. The following day multiple USA team and individual single game records tumbled as the United States posted a lopsided 128-73 victory over South Korea as Evans scored 20 points. Playing its third game in as many days, the Duke University duo of Boozer and Duhon scored 18 and 17 points respectively to lead the USA to an 84-71 win over previously unbeaten Argentina. Taking full advantage of its inside might, the USA pounded Japan 123-87 as Butler, Evans, Boozer and Collison combined for 60 points and 39 rebounds. Butler and Evans led the attack scoring 17 points apiece and Boozer added 16. Wrapping up preliminary play, Butler scored eight of his game high 21 points during a USA 22-0 third quarter scoring spree as the U.S. improved to 5-0 after handing previously unbeaten Israel a decisive 98-73 loss on Sept. 9. The win secured the No. 1 seed in Group B for the Americans forthe quarterfinals round.

Meeting 2000 European champ Slovenia in the quarterfinals, the U.S. played impressively from start ot finish as Duhon and Evans scored 17 points apiece to pace the USA to the 110-83 victory.

Moving on to a rematch with Argentina in the semifinals, the United States fought its way into the gold medal game with a 95-90 victory behind a USA single game record 29 points and nine rebounds by Boozer. With the U.S. leading 91-82 with 1:26 to play, Argentina rallied to within a point, 91-90, with 32 seconds left. But Boozer grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw, was fouled and sank both free throws to end the Argentina comeback.

Losing by as many as 14 points in the second quarter and down 47-42 at half, behind the shooting of its guards the U.S. rallied in the third quarter to regain control and went on to take an 89-80 victory. The backcourt of Bell and Duhon combined to make 11 3-point shots and score 43 points. Bell made a USA single game record six 3-pointers on nine attempts and finished with a team best 24 points, while Duhon made five-of-12 3-pointers (the 12 attempts also set a USA game mark), and was credited with 19 points and a USA game record 14 assists.

2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Team Roster

NAME POS HGT
WGT
DOB YOG SCHOOL / HOMETOWN
Troy Bell G 6- 1
176
11/10/80 2003 Boston College / Minneapolis, MN
Carlos Boozer F 6- 9
265
11/20/81 2003 Duke / Juneau, AK
Caron Butler F 6- 8
230
03/13/80 2004 Connecticut / Racine, WI
Nick Collison F 6-9
250
10/20/80 2003 Kansas / Iowa Falls, IA
Brian Cook F 6-10
231
12/04/80 2003 Illinois / Lincoln, IL
Chris Duhon G 6- 1
190
08/31/82 2004 Duke / Slidell, LA
Reggie Evans F 6- 8
245
05/18/80 2002 Iowa / Pensacola, FL
Dahntay Jones G/F 6-5
210
12/27/80 2003 Duke / Hamilton Square, NJ
Jason Kapono F 6- 8
206
02/04/81 2003 UCLA / Lakewood, CA
Jameer Nelson G 6- 0
190
02/09/82 2004 St. Joseph's / Chester, PA
Michael Sweetney F 6- 8
260
10/25/82 2004 Georgetown / Oxen Hill, MD
Marcus Taylor G 6- 3
190
11/25/81 2004 Michigan State / Lansing, MI
Head Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: Ernie Kent, University of Oregon
Assistant Coach: Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's University (Pa.)

2001 USA World Championship for Young Men Cumulative Statistics


NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AT BK ST
Boozer 8/8
53- 80
.633
0-0
.---
21-27
.778 64/ 8.0 127/ 15.9 11 4 6
Bell 8/7
31- 59
.525
14- 27
.519
19-26
.731 15/ 1.9 95/ 11.9 25 1 7
Duhon 8/8
36- 78
.462
18- 45
.400
5- 6
.833 23/ 2.9 95/ 11.9 54 1 12
Butler 8/8
35- 68
.515
0-1
.000
15- 25
.600 34/ 4.3 85/ 10.6 19 2 11
Evans 8/0
22-36
.611
0- 0
.---
31- 46
.674 40/ 4.5 75/ 9.4 6 7 8
Collison 8/8
29- 51
.611
0-4
.000
15- 26
.577 43/ 5.4 73/ 9.1 12 8 9
Cook 8/0
21- 37
.568
1- 4
.250
21- 24
.875 33/ 4.1 64/ 8.0 7 6 5
Nelson 8/1
19- 41
.463
5- 15
.333
13- 16
.813 12/ 1.5 56/ 7.0 32 0 4
Kapano 8/0
18- 45
.400
10- 26
.385
10- 10
1.000 17/ 2.1 56/ 7.0 9 1 1
Taylor 6/0
13- 36
.361
1- 8
.125
7- 10
.700 8/ 1.3 34/ 5.7 17 1 0
Jones 6/0
12- 20
.600
1-2
.500
4- 4
1.000 7/ 1.2 29/ 4,8 2 0 2
Sweetney 5/0
11- 19
.579
0- 1
.000
4- 8
.500 12/ 2.4 26/ 5.2 7 4 2
USA 8
300-570
.526
50-133
.376
165-228
.724 367/ 45.9 815/ 101.9 201 35 67
OPP. 8
225-548
.411
57-188
.303
120-182
.659 278/34.8 627/ 78.4 127 32 50