Fourth Men's FIBA U21 World Championship - 2005

FOURTH FIBA MEN'S U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 2005

Cordoba and Mar del Plata, Argentina - August 5-14, 2005


Despite not accomplishing their goal of defending the USA's gold medal at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship, the 2005 USA U21 National Team posted a pair of victories against eventual gold medalist Lithuania, compiled an overall 11-1 record on the summer, and finished among the top performers in most major statistical category at the U21 Worlds, held Aug. 5-14 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Additionally, the U.S. team tied Lithuania as having the best team in the tournament at 7-1.

1993 Under 22 World

Championship Team
2005 USA U21 World Championship Team


2005 USA RESULTS (7-1)
USA 117 China 50
USA 103 Lithuania 83
USA 94 Puerto Rico 79
USA 113 Nigeria 78
USA 82 Slovenia 79
Canada 93 USA 90 (OT)
USA 99 Puerto Rico 79
USA 111 Argentina 85

2005 FIBA U21 WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. Lithuania (7-1) 7. Puerto Rico (4-4)
2. Greece (*6-2) 8. Slovenia (2-6)
3. Canada (*4-4) 9. Nigeria (2-4)
4. Australia (*6-2) 10. Israel (*2-4)
5. USA (7-1) 11. China (0-6)
6. Argentina (*4-3) 12. Iran (DNC)
* Record includes forfeit by Iran

Opening with a 117-50 victory over China on Aug. 5, the USA had six players score in double digits led by Rudy Gay's 18 points. Downing eventual gold medalists Lithuania 103-83 on Aug. 6, the U.S. received 17 points apiece from Rajon Rondo and Marcus Williams. On Aug. 7 the young Americans put away Puerto Rico 94-79 with the help of 20 points from Allan Ray. Following a day off, the USA tossed Nigeria 113-78 as Redick's 22 points led six of his teammates in double-digit scoring. Closing out preliminary play on Aug. 10, the USA's balanced scoring attack saw Curtis Withers score a team-high 15 points as the squad edged Slovenia 82-79.

Despite having five players score in double digits, including Ray's 16, The U.S., which rolled through preliminary round play unscathed with a 5-0 record, fell in a must-win game against Canada on Aug. 12. Losing 93-90 in overtime relegated the United States to playing for fifth place, while Canada advanced to the medal semifinals.

The USA rebounded and came back the next night to take a 99-79 victory over Puerto Rico as Ray and Justin Gray contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively, on Aug. 13.

The U.S., behind 22 points from Redick, closed the competition with a 111-85 downing of host Argentina in the fifth place game on Aug. 14.

Lithuania, which also finished with a 7-1 record, took the gold medal with a down-to-the-wire 65-63 victory over Greece, while Canada earned bronze by virtue of a 79-74 win over Australia.

Prior to the U21 Worlds, the U.S. team captured the 2005 Global Games gold medal with a 4-0 record, including a 91-86 victory over Lithuania, July 27-30 in Frisco, Texas.

The USA's 101.1 ppg. scoring average was well-distributed among the 12 team members as six averaged in double digits and an additional three scored no less than 7.0 ppg. each. Ray led the way (12.3 ppg.), followed by Justin Gray (11.8 ppg.), Rondo (11.0 ppg.), Redick (10.8 ppg.), Gay (10.5 ppg.) and Curtis Withers (10.3 ppg.). Nick Fazekas (6.6 rpg.) and Withers (6.3 rpg.) paced the squad on the glass; Rondo passed off for a team best 4.5 apg., and Williams dished out 4.1 apg.; while Rondo's 27 steals (3.4 spg.) not only led the team but set a new USA U21 record.

This year's squad peppered their names throughout the USA U21 record books. In addition to Rondo's 27 steals overall for a new competition record, he doubled the previous single-game steals record after nabbing eight versus China and tied the record for most field goals made with nine versus Nigeria. Redick eclipsed the previous record of a perfect 6-of-6 from the line with 8-of-8 made against Canada; Ray went a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point land to go on top of that category; and Redick twice connected on six 3-pointers, tying the previous record for 3-point attempts. Further, Gay's 12 blocked shots surpassed the previous USA U21 tournament record of eight.

 

2005 Men's USA U21 World Championship Team Roster
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
YOG
SCHOOL / HOMETOWN
Mardy Collins
G
6-6
205
21
2006
Temple / Philadelphia, PA
Glen Davis
F
6-9
310
19
2008
Louisiana State / Baton Rouge, LA
Nick Fazekas
F
6-11
225
20
2007
Nevada / Arvada, CO
Rudy Gay
F
6-9
220
18
2008
Connecticut / Baltimore, MD
Justin Gray
G
6-2
185
21
2006
Wake Forest / Charlotte, NC
Taj Gray
F
6-9
238
21
2006
Oklahoma / Wichita, KS
Allan Ray
G
6-2
200
21
2006
Villanova / Bronx, NY
J.J. Redick
G
6-4
190
21
2006
Duke / Roanoke, VA
Terrence Roberts
F
6-9
228
20
2007
Syracuse / Jersey City, NJ
Rajon Rondo
G
6-1
171
19
2008
Kentucky / Louisville, KY
Marcus Williams
G
6-3
205
19
2007
Connecticut / Los Angeles, CA
Curtis Withers
F
6-8
230
21
2006
Charlotte / Charlotte, NC
Head Coach: Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph's University (Pa.)
Assistant Coach: Dennis Felton, University of Georgia
Assistant Coach: James 'Bruiser' Flint, Drexel University (Pa.)
Team Physician: Mark Hutchinson, University of Illinois - Chicago
Athletic Trainer: Jason Miller, University of Connecticut
Team Manager: Adam Gracely, University of Texas

2005 USA Men's U21 World Championship Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM- 3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Ray
8/3
35- 63
.556
18- 29
.621
10- 11
.909
25/ 3.1
98/ 12.3
13
2
10
J. Gray
8/6
31- 88
.352
23- 69
.333
9- 11
.818
22/ 2.8
94/ 11.8
5
2
11
Rondo
8/2
36- 55
.655
3- 9
.333
13- 20
.650
22/ 2.8
88/ 11.0
36
0
27
Redick
8/2
24- 61
.393
17- 38
.447
21- 23
.913
12/ 1.5
86/ 10.8
13
0
9
Gay
8/3
37- 76
.487
4- 12
.333
6- 8
.750
44/ 5.5
84/ 10.5
8
12
8
Withers
8/5
28- 62
.452
1- 3
.333
25- 37
.676
50/ 6.3
82/ 10.3
7
4
8
T. Gray
8/4
21- 39
.538
0- 1
.000
23- 32
.719
29/ 3.6
65/ 8.1
2
3
6
Collins
8/2
24- 62
.387
6- 28
.214
5- 10
.500
20/ 2.5
59/ 7.4
14
1
13
Fazekas
7/3
19- 42
.452
2- 10
.200
9- 10
.900
46/ 6.6
49/ 7.0
3
3
7
Roberts
8/3
20- 38
.526
1- 3
.333
4- 11
.364
35/ 4.4
45/ 5.6
3
2
7
Williams
8/6
13- 38
.342
4- 17
.235
3- 4
.750
9/ 1.1
33/ 4.1
33
0
11
Davis
7/1
10- 28
.357
0- 0
.000
6- 11
.545
28/ 4.0
26/ 3.7
3
2
4
USA
8
298- 652
.457
79- 219
.361
134- 188
.713
342/ 42.8
809/ 101.1
140
31
121
OPP.
8
232- 549
.423
43- 164
.262
119- 189
.630
290/ 36.2
626/ 78.2
117
28
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