The USA won its games at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship by an average of 39.6 points per game.

Capturing the FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal this past summer in Prague, Czech Republic, USA Basketball today named its 2013 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team as the 2013 USA Basketball Team of the Year.

Utilizing its superior athleticism and depth, the USA forced the tempo and rode its defense to an unblemished 9-0 record. The finish was just the USA's third gold medal in the FIBA U19/Junior World Championship since 1991, but its second since 2009.

“I think one thing about this team was the style of play was totally different than what a lot of those teams did,” said USA head coach Billy Donovan (University of Florida). “A lot of those teams were not pressing, they were in the half court. They were really good execution teams, and they were great 3-point shooting teams, so we thought going into it that we weren’t going to be able to out-execute these other teams, especially with a limited amount of practice.

“What we needed to do was use our depth, and in every single game we used all twelve guys. We needed to press, try and create turnovers, get to the offensive glass, rebound and those kinds of things. Our guys, who were a joy to coach, had really good motors, good energy, and I think winning to them was most important.”

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